Collected by M.C. Parler Sung by R.E.L. Flowers
Sept. 5, 1953
"This song was sung at the close of the Civil War. It was of a lady
whose husband had been in the service and they had told her her would
never come back. But she believed that he would come back and was watch-ing
and waiting, night after night. And this is the song, that she sang
when she heard him at the gate.
Oh, Willie, is it you, dear,
Safe, safe at home?
They did not t e l l me true, dear,
They said you would not come.
I heard you at the gate
And it made my heart rejoice,
For Willie your welcome quick step
And your dear familiar voice.
Making music on my ear in the lonely midnight gloom
Oh, Willie, we have missed you
So welcome, welcome home.
The days were sad without you
The nights long and drear
My dreams have been about you
Oh, welcome, Willie dear.
Last night I wept and watched
By the moonlight's cheerless ray
Till I thought I heard your footsteps
And I wiped my tears away.
But my heart grew sad again
When I knew you had not come
Willie, we have missed you
Welcome, welcome home.
I longed to see you nightly
But (Tape runs out here)
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