Collected by Joe Moore Sung by Mrs. Frank Weddington
For M. C. Parler Beaver, Arkansas
December 23, 1964
Reel 379 Item 9
The Black Sheep In a quiet village not so very far away,
there dwelled a rich and aged man whose hair was few and gray,
He had three sons his only ones both Tom and Jack was shy,
But Ted was honest as could be and would not tell a lie,
They planned their best to ruin Ted in the old man's eyes,
The poison soon begin its work till Ted was much despised, one day the old man said be gone you're heartless to the core,
These are the words the black sheep said as he stood by the door.
Don't be angry with me dad don't turn me from your door,
I know that I've been wayward but I won't be any more,
Just give to me another chance and put me to the test,
You'll find the black sheep loves his dad far better than the rest.
Year by year sped quickly by the old man plowed and sowed,
He called both Tom and Jack to him and gave to them his gold,
I only need a little room a place , at your fireside One night on Jacks returning home he brought with him a bride,
The bride began to hate the father more and more each day,
One night he heard the three declare the old fool's in the way,
Then they agree to send him to the poor house that was near,
Then like a flash the black sheep's words came ringing to his ears.
A wagon drives up to the door it was the poor house man,
The boys they pint toward their dad and said there is your man,
Just then a manly form appears and pushes through the crowd,
Here stop, you brute, the man then said this will not be allowed,
You've stole this old man's property and all that he can save,
You've even stole the little flask containing his wife's ring,
I am his son but not your kin from now till judgement day,
The old man grabbed the black sheep and the crowd then heard him say.
Don't be angry with me lad I've turned you from my door,
I know that I was foolish I've repented o're and o're,
I wish I'd give to you my gold for you have stood the test,
And I've found the black sheep loved his dad far better than the rest.
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