Collected by Raymond W. Whittier
For M.C. Parler
Transcribed by Linda Humphrey
Sung by: Irene Sargent Westfork. Ark. Dec. 9, 1960 Reel 303 Item 16
They’re All Going Home But One
There was five of us boys in the family. We kissed our dear mother goodbye.
We left our dear home down in Georgia, Our luck in the city to try.
We agreed to go back there and see her, When two years had passed away.
She told us that she would be waiting,
And two years are over today.
They're all going home to mother tonight, They're all going back but one.
Mother will be so happy tonight,
So proud of each fortunate sone.
The other was steadfast and loyal,
No tears they will cause her to shed. They're all going home to mother tonight; A convict is better off dead.
Tonight when it's dark in the prison,
Standing close to the bars,
I'll think of my home down in Georgia.
I can still see her eyes in the stars.
The others were steadfast and loyal,
No tears they have caused her to shed;
They're all going home to mother tonight.
An outlaw is better off dead.
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