American Old Time Song Lyrics: 55 The Forsaken Child

Theater, Music-Hall, Nostalgic, Irish & Historic Old Songs, Volume 55

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Copyright, 1897, by the Shaw Pub Co.
Words and Music by Joe A. Kerr.

'Twas in a New York crowded street upon a shopping day,
When all the merchants tried their best good bargains to display;
And as the people hurried on, the ladies dress'd in style,
I heard a voice above the din come from a pleading child:

Please do tell me where has mamma gone
She has left me here all alone.

The people gathered 'round the child, its story sad to hear,
There was not a heart that was not moved, an eye without a tear;
A lady then push'd through the crowd, took baby in her arms.
And said, "My darling, come with me, I'll shield you from all harm."

A man in passing by had heard a voice he recognized,
And turning there his child he saw before his very eyes;
He said, "Good lady, this child is mine, I swear this all to you,
I left its mother forever when she proved to me untrue." - Chorus.
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