Collected by Sue Jackson Sung by Mr. Pearl Brewer
For M.C. Parler Ravenden Springs, Ark.
Transcribed by Linda Humphrey Feb. 23, 1964
Reel 431 Item 4
The Selfish Man
I once knew a man
Who was selfish as could be;
He wouldn't lend his neighbors coffee, Nor he wouldn't lend them tea.
When they'd ask him for a favor,
He would shake his head;
His wife she wouldn't lend to them, She'd tell a lie instead.
One night he grew so very ill,
He thought he was going to die.
His wife began to wring her hands,
And she begun to cry.
Said I can't call on the neighbors,
The way we;ve treated them;
He said if you don't do something, You're going to lose your Jim.
She hurried to the neighbors In the middle of the night;
She yelled and banged upon the door,
In an awful fright.
When she told them her troubles,
They jumped right out of bed,
Said sure we will help you;
They placed coals upon her head.
The neighbors wife went home with her, For the doctor he did go;
They came back in a hurry,
And they found him mighty low.
Next morning he was better As Romans 12;20 said,
The things they did for him that night Placed coals upon his head.The Selfish Man (continued)
Now my friend, this is a lesson All of us whould learn:
When someone does us a had deed,
Do a good deed in return.
Don't try to get even with someone, Count your blessings instead;
You'll never have a reason To have coals upon your head.
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