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Don't Go Out Tonight, Dear Father

  • (Anon)

    Don't go out tonight dear father
    Don't refuse this once I pray
    Tell your comrades mother's dying
    Soon her soul will pass away
    Tell them too, of darling Willie
    Him we also much do love
    How his little form is drooping
    Soon to bloom again above

    Don't go out tonight dear father
    Think oh think how sad 'twill be
    When the angels come to take her
    Papa won't be there to see
    Tell me that you love dear mama
    Lying in that cold cold room
    You don't love your comrades better
    Cursing there in that saloon

    Oh dear father do not leave us
    Think oh think how sad 'twill be
    When the angels come to take her
    Papa won't be there to see
    Oh dear father do not leave us
    Think oh think how sad 'twill be
    When the angels come to take her
    Papa won't be there to see

    Morning found the little pleader
    Cold and helpless on the floor
    Lying where he madly struck her
    On that chilly night before
    Lying there with hands uplifted
    Feebly uttering words of prayer
    Heavenly father please forgive him
    Reunite us all up there

    Don't go out tonight dear father
    Think oh think how sad 'twill be
    When the angels come to take her
    Father won't be there to see

    As sung by Pam Gilder

Susannes Folksong-Notizen

  • [1976:] A temperance song from the mid-nineteenth century. Peter Davison has commented that 'temperance songs offer a perverse delight very different from the sober instruction their authors intended'. Such songs were often taken up by the music halls and sung with mock seriousness. [...] We include these temperance items to show we are not biased and to give the other side of the case. (Vic Gammon, notes 'The Tale of Ale')

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