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5.1 dashed it out and left the place; And bowed my knees in redeeming grace; Five sober years have passed away Since first I bowed my knees to pray.
6. So I went home to change my life And to see my long neglected wife; I found her kneeling by the bed, Because our infant babe was dead.
7.1 told her not to cry or weep Because our babe was just asleep; Its happy soul had fled away To live with Christ through endless days.
8.1 took her by her pale, white hands; She was so weak she could not stand; I set her down and prayed a prayer That God would only bless us there.
9. They took me through a temperance band; They led me by a social hand; The very moment faith regained, Ten thousand joys around me sprang.
10. And now I'm living a sober life;
I have a good home and a loving wife;
I pray the legislature band
To make a law throughout the land.
11. And stop all whiskey seller's scum From the mountain to the coast, That all the drunkard's cries may flee And leave the land eternally.
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"A Drunkard's Confession." Copied from a manuscript in the possession of Miss MaryE. King, Gatlinburg, Sevier County, Tennessee, August, 1931.
1. On one dark and stormy night I heard and saw an awful sight. Lightning flashed and thunder rolled Around my dark, benighted soul.
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E-Book - An Annotated Compendium of Old Time American Songs by James Alverson III