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Thread #4520   Message #1862841
Posted By: Jim Dixon
18-Oct-06 - 10:50 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Don't Sell Daddy Any More Whisky
Subject: Lyr Add: DON'T SELL TO MY BOY (Cake, Strong; 1885)
Here's another temperance song from The Library of Congress American Memory Collection:

DON'T SELL TO MY BOY
Words, Lu B. Cake. Music, W. F. Strong. 1885.

1. Don't, I pray you, don't do it again.
A mother's fond hope you'll destroy.
If you must tempt the souls of the men,
I beg you, don't sell to my boy.
He's my all, yes, all I have left,
A mother's sole treasure and stay.
Will you take this one joy of my life?
Oh, don't lead my poor boy astray.

CHORUS: Oh, I beg you, don't do it again.
A mother's fond hope you'll destroy.
God knows it's too strong for the men.
Don't, don't tempt the poor erring boy.

2. Oh, they tell me you're rich, that at home,
Your loved ones have all that they will.
Can you take from a mother her all
To put a few cents in your till?
Could you hear all the pray'rs I have said,
And feel all the sorrow I've known,
Could you see all the tears I have shed,
Your heart would be full as my own.

3. Oh, the watching and waiting of years,
Their tears and their toil and their care,
For the babe of my breast, for my boy,
For those I now plead, and my pray'r,
For this life of my life now I beg.
Oh, tell me you'll sell him no more,
And the plea of a mother now heard,
May turn back a curse from your door.