American Old Time Song Lyrics: 10 Be Friends With Your Brother Again

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Be Friends "With. Your Brother Again

When a youngster at home, I vowed I'd ne'er roam,
And oft of that vow I have thought;
The advice given me at my old mother's knee,
To my memory has often been brought.
I was but a lad, and a quarrel I had
With my brother one morning at play;
I struck him a blow, my temper to show,
When my mother unto me did say:

Chorus.
Forgive and forget all the troubles you've met,
No doubt it has caused you both pain:
I shall not happy be, 'till I stand here and see
You make friends with your brother again.

Now he thought me the worst and he would not speak first,
Which filled me with grief and with pain;
He left home that day, and for years stayed away,
Till in sorrow I met him again.
I then saw him laid upon his death-bed,
His end was quite nigh it was plain;
But tho' feeble and weak, he managed to speak,
Be friends with your brother again.

Chorus.
Forgive and forget all the trouble you've met,
No doubt it has caused you both pain;
I happy will die, if you'll only stand by
And be friends with your brother again.

Now the words that he said, I have kept in my head,
And ever since I've been a man;
My motto has l)een when a quarrel I've seen,
To prevent it whenever I can.
A short time ago two old friends I know,
Beat each other till both freely bled;
Both asked me to stay and to witness fair play,
And these were the words that I said:

Chorus.
Forgive and forget all the trouble you've met,
No doubt it has caused you both pain;
With pleasure I'll stay and I'll witness fair play,
So make friends with each other again.

Now it does seem absurd, that for one little word,
The dearest and best friends must part;
For we all know quite well, there is no man can tell
The secrets that lies in the heart.
So while we've to live, let's forget and forgive,
Although it may cause us much pain;
And whenever we roam abroad or at home
Let's be friends all together again.

Chorus.
Let's forgive and forget all the troubles we've met,

Although it may cause us all pain;
And wherever we roam abroad or at home.
Let's be friends with each other again.
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