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Thread #50439   Message #765022
Posted By: masato sakurai
14-Aug-02 - 06:17 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Frozen Charlotte / Young Charlotte
Subject: Lyr Add: THE FROZEN GIRL (Delmore Brothers)
The Delmore Bothers' "The Frozen Girl" is on the list of the Folk Music Index (see above), but it is a different song. Sound clip is HERE.

THE FROZEN GIRL (Delmore Brothers)

No home, no home, pled the little girl,
At the door of a rich man's home,
As she tremblin' stood on the polished step,
And leaned on the marble wall.

Her clothes were thin and her feet were bare,
And the snow had covered her hair,
Oh, give me a home, she feebly said,
A home and a bit of bread.

My father I never knew, she said,
Through the tears in her eyes so bright,
My mother sleeps in a new-made grave,
'Tis an orphan that begs tonight.

The night was dark and the wild storm blew,
But the rich man shut the door,
With a frowning face, he scornfully said:
No home or bread for the poor.

The rich man passed as she shrank on the steps,
And strove to rub her feet,
In a tattered dress all covered with snow,
Yes, covered with snow and sleet.

The rich man slept on his velvet couch,
And dreamed of his silver and gold,
But the little girl on a bed of snow,
She murmured: so cold, so cold.

The hours rolled on and the midnight dawn,
Rolled on like a funeral bell,
The earth seemed wrapped in a winding sheet,
And the dropping snow still fell.

The strom rolled on and the little girl,
Still lay at the rich man's door,
But her soul had gone to a home above,
Where there's room and bread for the poor.

(From: Ethel Raim and Josh Dunson, Grass Roots Harmony, Oak, 1968, pp. 68-69; with music)

~Masato