Collected by Judy Kinslow and Alan Rennick for M.C. Parler
Sung by Holly Hodges and Julias Cato Prairie Grove, Ark. Dec. 17, 1960
Reel 367, Item 10
Soldier's Last Letter
The postman delivered a letter It filled her proud heart full of joy But she didn't know till she read the inside It was the last one from her darling boy.
Dear Mama was the way that he started I miss you so much it went on
Mom, I didn't know that I loved you so
But I'll prove it when this war is won.
I am writing this down in a trench Mom Don't scold if it isn't so neat You know as you did when I was a kid I would come home with mud on my feet*
The captain just gave us our orders And Mom, we will carry them through I will finish this letter the first chance I git But now I'll just say I love you.
Then mother's old hands began to tremble As she fought with the tears in her eyes
There came in a shame for there was no name
Then she knew that her darling had died.
That night as she kneeled by her bedside
She prayed, Lord above hear my plea
And protect all the boys that are flying tonight
And God keep America free.
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