Collected by Karl T. Gosnell For Mary C. Parler
Sung by W. J. Green Ola, Arkansas November 20, 1958
Reel 273, Item 24
May I Sleep in your Barn Tonight, Mister? Fragment) (The Great Philadelphia Lawyer)
May I stay in your barn tonight, mister?
For it’s cold lying out on the ground,
And the cold north wind is whistling,
And I have no place to lie down.
And I have no tobacco or matches,
So I’m sure I'll do you no harm;
And I’ll tell you my story, kind mister,
For it runs through my mind like a storm.
It was three years ago, last summer; I will never forget that sad day When a stranger came out from the city And said that he wanted to stay.
Now the stranger was fairm tall and handsome,
And he looked like a man who had wealth.
Said he wanted to stop in the country,
That he wanted to stop for his health.
And my wife said she’d like to be earning Something to add to our home; And she talked till I finally decided That the stranger might stay in our home.
One night as I came from my workshop,
I was whistling and singing with joy And expecting a kind-hearted welcome,
Which would be from my wife and my boy.
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