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The Drunkard's Hell
8.1 took her by a pale, white hand;
She was so weak she could not stand;
I sit her down and prayed a prayer
That God would own our Blossom there. 9. They took me through a temperance band;
They met me with a social hand;
Five sober years have passed away
Since first I bowed my knees to pray. 1 o. And now I'm living a sober life;
And have a good home and a loving wife.
Oh, may the legislative band
Enact good laws throughout the land! 11. And stop all whiskey sellers' course
From fhe mountain to the coast
And then the drunkard's cry will flee
And save the land eternally.
"Drunken Dream." It is interesting to note variations, however slight, as sung by different members of the same family. This song was also record­ed by Mrs. Henry. It was sung by Miss Juanita Franklin, the daughter of Mrs. William Franklin, at Crossnore in 1929.
1. 'Twas a dark and starless night;
I dreamed I saw an awful sight:
I thought I saw a gulf below
Where all the dying drunkards go. 2.1 raised my head and heard them tell
This is the place where drunkards dwell;
I heard another mournful sound
Amid a group still lower down. 3. Around them stood a weeping crowd
With faces pale and voices loud;
They gnashed their teeth and cried and groaned:
"This is the whiskey seller's home." 4.1 traveled on, got there at last;
I thought I'd take one social glass
I poured it out and stirred it well;
And then I thought of the drunkard's hell.

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