Sung by Miss Cara Hampton Booneville, Ark. January 9, 1960.
Reel 340, Item 3
Collected by Ron R. Smith, Chester Lowe, and Tom Harper.
For M.C. Parler.
Transcirbed by Ron R. Smith,
Chester Lowe, and Tom Harper.
It was on a dark and stormy night,
I saw and heard an awful sight.
The lightnings flashed, the thunders rolled Against my dark, benighted soul.
I saw the gulf down far below,
Where all poor,dying drunkards go.
I started on to change my life,
And see my lone neglected wife.
I found her weeping on a river-bed,
She said her little babe was dead.
I told her no to weep and mourn,
Our little girl was just asleep.
Her little soul had fled away
To live with Christ through endless days.
I took her by her lily white hand;
She was so weak she could hardly stand.
I laid her down and prayed a prayer,
That Cod would own and bless us fairl
I started on to the Christian band,
To take our place amoung the land.
They met me there with a welcome hand,
And took me on to the Christian land.
Now five long years have passed away Since I first bowed my knees to pray.
But now I live a sober life—
A happy home with a loving wife.
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