Collected by Merlin Mitchell
Transcribed by Kyle Perrin
Mrs. Dan McCracken
February 20, 1950
The Boys in Blue
The office had just opened
When a man quite old in years
Had entered in, his care worn face
A sign of recent tears.
And thus the clerk approached him,
With a trembling voice did say,
I'm t o wait here for my boy, Sir,
He's coming home today.
You've made a very slight mistake
For surely you must know,
This is an express office, Sir,
And not a •••
And if your boy is coming home,
With a smile the clerk did say,
You'll find him with the passengers,
And .stationed o'er the way.
Oh, no, you don't understand me,
The old man shook his head,
He's not coming back as passenger,
But by express instead.
He's coming home to his mother dear,
withtears in his eyes he said,
He's coming in a casket, Sir,
He's coming to us dead.
Just then the whistle pierced the air,
The express train, someone cried,
The old man rose in breathless haste
And quickly passed outside.
And from the train a long, white box
Was lowered1to the ground,
The scene was most heart rendering
To those who gathered round.
Oh, don't you use it so roughly, Boys,
It contains my darling Jack,
He went away you •••
The others (?) coming back.
The Boys in Blue (Cont.)
He broke his pore old mother's heart,
Her warning was so true,
She said he'd come back dead to us
When he joined the boys in blue.**
**This last verse is found at the first of reel 20.
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