American Old Time Song Lyrics: 13 John, My Boy, Remember Me

Theater, Music-Hall, Nostalgic, Irish & Historic Old Songs, Volume 13

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John, My Boy, Remember Me.
Copyright, 1881, by Lee & Walker.

Long ago in drear December,
When the snow was falling fast,
Mother said: "My boy, remember
I'm your friend while life shall last!"
I was leaving her unheeding,
For a life upon the sea;
And she stood with heart-strings bleeding,
Crying: "John, remember me!"

Remember, remember, John, my boy, remember me,
Oh, remember, oh, remember, John, my boy, remember me;
Oh, remember, remember me,
Remember, remember me, remember me.

Years have past, and I've been sailing
Over life's tempestuous sea,
Still the voice comes to me ringing,
John, my boy, remember me!
Early in the morning last Winter,
Came a letter sealed black;
Mother's dying, words so tender,
John, my son, to me come back!-Chorus.

After years upon the ocean
Those dear words came back again;
And the honest heart's devotion
Fain would see that face again.
She is now with the angels singing,
From her toils and sorrows free;
Still those words in me are ringing,
John, my boy, remember me!-Chorus.
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