American Old Time Song Lyrics: 27 I'm Leaving Now The Old Folks

Theater, Music-Hall, Nostalgic, Irish & Historic Old Songs, Volume 27

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I'm Leaving Now the Old Folks.
Copyright, 1877. by White, Smith & Co.

I'm leaving now the old folks, to go I know not where,
I'm leaving them in sorrow grief And tare;
They're poor and almost helpless, they're old and feeble, too,
So I " must try and lee what I can do.
My mother's heart will nearly break when I have left my home,
And father he will bow his head and say. I'm left alone;"
God knows I would not leave them, but what am I to do?
I cannot stay and see them starve, 'tis true.

I'm leaving now the old folks, to go I know not where,
I'm leaving them in sorrow. grief and care;
'they're poor and almost helpless. they're old and feeble, too.
So I must try and see what I can do.

Oh, who will love the old folks when I am far away?
Oh, who will cheer their sad hearts day by day I
They've petted and caressed me through childhood's tender years.
And now I'm leaving them In grief and tears.
But I will write a letter when I've found some work to do.
And tell them how I missed them, that my heart to them is true;
Their faces then will brighten, when they shall both read this,
I'll write it and I'll seal it with a kiss.- Chorus.

I've just received a letter, "Your help, my boy, has come,"
Twas written by my mother's feeble hand:
Forgive you. yes, God bless you, she underlined it too,
"For what the Lords enabled "you to do."
What greater treasure could I hold than these my mother's words?
They've wakened feelings a my heart and pleasing memories stirred;
God bless the old folks ever with each declining year,
And may I live to help their lives to cheer. --Chorus.
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