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Thread #65565   Message #2790093
Posted By: Jim Dixon
17-Dec-09 - 12:13 AM
Thread Name: Anti-alcohol, temperance songs
Subject: Lyr Add: DON'T GO OUT TO-NIGHT, DEAR FATHER
There's a version of this in the DT: DON'T GO OUT TONIGHT, DEAR FATHER, also in the thread called 'Mother Songs' of the tear-jerker variety.

This is a more exact copy of the sheet music at The Library of Congress:


DON'T GO OUT TO-NIGHT, DEAR FATHER
Words, M. E. Golding. Music, Will L. Thompson.
East Liverpool, Ohio: W. L. Thompson & Co., 1877.

1. Don't go out to-night, dear father,
Don't refuse this once, I pray!
Tell your comrades mama's dying,
Soon her soul will pass away;
Tell them too, of darling Willie,
Him we all so much do love,
How his little form is drooping
Soon to bloom again above.

CHORUS: Don't go out to-night, dear father,
Think, oh think, how sad 'twill be,
When the angels come to take her,
Papa won't be here to see.

2. Tell me that you love dear mama,
Lying in that cold, cold room;
And not you 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,
You will not be here to see.

3. 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 utt'ring words of prayer,
Heav'nly Father, please forgive him,
Reunite us all up there.