Collected by Judy Kinslow and Alan Rennick For M. C. Parler
Prairie Grove, Arkansas December 17, 1960
Sung by Julias Cato
and Holly Hodges
Reel 369, Item 1
Old and Only in the Way
Now there was a time I hear when the young were not so queer But since then, there's come an awful change Young men in health and strength Their old parents, they do shirk Oh it happens every day,
'tis nothin' strange
Now then let us cheer them on They cain't be with us long Don't sneer at them because they're old and gray
But remember while you're young
That the day to you may come
When you'll be old and only in the way.
As you walk down the street How often do you meet Some pur old man who's life is naught but woe With age his form is bent In his pocket not a cent And for shelter he does not know whar to go.
With relation by the score Who would turn him from their door If they'd meet him on the street they'd pass him by If you ask him why it's done He will answer you and say Because I'm old and only in the way
Old and Only in the Way (cont'd)
Reel 369, Item 1
Now how often have you found while stopping in a town As down the street you chanced to roam
Some pur old helpless man, who has lived a life of toil And this pur old man is left without a home.
Take this pur old wreck of toil His children all him spurn And for death I'm sure oft time does pray Fer himself and faithful wife after toiling all their life Find they're pur and only in the way.
Now this little song I'm sure
is fer the rich as well as pur You may take the rich man when he's growing old His relation round him stand Children grasp him round the hand They are wanting him to die They want his gold.
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