Collected by Iola Stone For Mary Celestia Parler Transcribed by Iola Stone
Sung by Mrs. Susie Wasson Springdale, Arkansas July 25, 1959
Reel 2S3, Item 2
Boy in Blue
The office just had opened,
When a man quite old in years,
Entered with a careworn face,
That told of grief and tears,
And as the clerk approached him,
With a trembling voice did say,
I'll wait here for my boy, sir,
He's coming home today.
Oh! you have made a slight mistake, And surely you must know,
That this is the express office,
And not the town depot,
And if your boy is coming home,
With a smile the clerk did say,
He's coming with the passengers,
At the station o'er the way.
You do not understand me,
The old man shook his head,
He's not coming with the passengers, But by express instead.
He's coming home to Mother,
With a tear dimmed eyes he said,
He's coming in a casket, sir,
He's coming to us dead.
Just then a whistle pierced him,
The express train some one cried,
The old man 'rose in breathless haste, And quickly rushed outside.
And from the car a long white box,
Was lowered to the ground.
The scene was most heart rendering,
To those who gathered 'round.
Oh! do not handle it roughly boys,
It contains our darling Jack,
Cont'dBoy in Blue Reel 283, Item 2 Continued
He vent away as you are now,
See how he's coining back.
He broke his dear old mother's heart,
Her warnings have come true.
She said he'd come back dead to her,
When he joined the Boys in Blue.
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