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See Spaeth, Weep Some More, My Lady, p. 191.
"Bessie." Obtained from Mrs. William Franklin, Crossnore, Avery County, North Carolina, July, 1930, who learned it from her brother, Ed­mund Malone Johnson.
1. Out in the gloomy night sadly I roam. I've no mother, no friends, and no home. Nobody cares for me; nobody would cry, Even if poor little Bessie should die.
Bare foot and tired I have wandered all day, Asking for work, but I am too small they say. On the damp ground I must now lay my head. Father a drunkard and mother is dead.
Chorus: Mother, oh, why did you leave me alone With no one to love me, no friends, and no home ? Dark is the night and the storm rages wild; God pity Bessie, the drukard's lone child.
2. We were so happy till father drank rum; Then all our sorrow and trouble begun; Mother grew paler and wept every day; Bobbie and I were too hungry to pray; Slowly they faded till one summer night Found their sweet faces all silent and white And with big tears slowly 1 said: "Father a drunkard and mother is dead."
3. Oh, if some temperance man only could find Poor, wretched father and speak very kind; If they could stop him from drinking, Only then I would feel very happy again.
Is it too late ? Men temperance, please try For litde Bessie will soon starve and die. All day long Pve been calling for bread. Father a drunkard and mother is dead. Chorus:

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