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Thread #65565   Message #3795364
Posted By: Mottsnave
13-Jun-16 - 01:23 PM
Thread Name: Anti-alcohol, temperance songs
Subject: Lyr Add: I SAW A MAN AT THE CLOSE OF DAY (D Watson
There's "I Saw a Man at the Close of Day" I only know the Doc Watson version:

I saw a man at the close of day
Standing by a grocery door
His eyes were sunken; his lips were parched
And I viewed him o'er and o'er

His little son stood by his side
And unto him he said:
Dear father, mother is sick at home
And sister cries for bread

He turned around went in at the door
He staggered up to the bar
And faltering on to the landlord sayin'
Just give me one dram more

In about a year I passed thereby
And a crowd stood round the door
When I asked the reason, one's reply
Was the drunkard is no more

Just then a hearse moved slowly by
No wife, no children near
They had gone before this foul murder
And left this world of care

Come all you jolly dram drinkers
By this a warning take
And quit the overflowing bowl
Before it is too late