Mary Celestia Parler;
Mr. and Mrs. Barry Satterfield
Bluff Springs, Ark.
April 14, 1955
Reel 225, Item 4
Lee Mills is what they call my name,
I was once without a murder stain,
But now you've heard the story told
Of how I came to be so bold.
It was on a bright and sunny day,
When Will Hardin led me astray,
He caused me to commit a crime
Of which I am compelled to die.
Oh, here I am bound down in jail,
And on my knees a murder stain,
If I could call back my past days,
I would repent from all such ways.
Many a night I've laid awake
And prayed to God for pity's sake,
To pardon all my sins at last
And to forgive me of the past.
My mother dear, she's prayed for me,
Her smiling face I wish to see,
But death, cold death, has come at last
And took her troubles from her breast.
Out yonder the scaffold I do see,
It was prepared alone for me,
And I shall stand upon it soon,
And there to meet my partin' doom.
You rowdy boys, here as I stand,
A sheriff with a rope and outstretched hand,
This is my last experience words
And do not let them pass unheard.
Reel 225, Item 4, con't.
Don't ever be led off astray,
Nor cause your days to end this way,
Nor cause your dear old mothers grief,
For long years ahead it'll trouble thee.
Dear little girl, we two must part,
To see your tears, it breaks my heart,
If it wasn't for leaving you here to cry,
I would not care so much to die.
My time is up, I've got to go,
Farewell, dear friends, on earth below,
I hope we'll meet beyond the sky,
And now I'll bid you all good-bye.
BS: Now this is a true song. This crime was committed
in Van Buren County, near Shirley, Ark.
MCP: Do you have any idea when?
BS: About forty-odd years ago.
MCP: Did you know anybody that had been at the hanging?
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