Collected by Parler and O'Bryant
Mr. Otis Bird Marshall, Ark. July 26, 1958
Reel 357, Item 10
Please, Mr. Conductor
The Lightening Express Train from the depot so grand
---------Everybody on board were merry and gay
But a little boy sat on a seat by himself.
A-reading a letter he had, sir,
It wa s plain to be seen By the tear in his eye
The contants of it made him sad.When the old conductor
come through the car
Taking tickets from everyone there
Then finally reached the side of the boy
And gruffly demanded his fare.
The boy replied, I haven't no ticket Nor money to pay But I'll pay you back someday, I'll put you off next station then,
And stopped then he heard the boy say:
Please, Mister Conductor,
Don't put me off your train,
I've lost the best friend I have, sir,
She's waiting for me in pain,
She's expected to die any moment,
May not live through the day,
I want to kiss mother goodbye, sir,
Before God takes her away.
I went to your city employment to seek Not any work could I find there,
This morning a letter from sister arrived Come home, mother's dying in pain That is the rason I' anxious to ride But I haven't no money to pay.
A little girl set on a seat close by
If you put this boy off it's a shame,He taken his hat
and collection she madeT
To pay his way on the train
Much obliged to you for your kindness to me
The next time returned the old conductor come through the car Those words would ring in his ear:
Chorus And if the transcription looks wild, the tape sounds wilder!!!
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