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Poor old slave; 'Twas just a year ago today, That I remember well,; The poor old slave has gone to rest

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Meiser, M.D. (Mrs.)


voice Collected by Helen McAllister For Mary Celestia Parler Transcribed by Helen McAllister Sung by Mrs. M. D. Meiser Springdale, Arkansas July 30, 1959 and Sue Holley Reel 291, Item 3 Poor Old Slave 'Twas just a year ago today, That I remember well, I sat down by poor Nellie's side, A story she did tell. 'Twas 'bout a poor unhappy slave Who lived for many a year, But now he's dead and in his grave, No master does he fear. Chorus: The poor old slave has gone to rest; We know that he is free; Disturb him not but let him rest Way down in Tennessee. She took me arm, we walked along Down thro' an open field, And there she paused to rest a while And to his grave did steal. She knelt down on that little mound, And softly whispered there, Come to me father, tis thy child, And gently dropped a tear. Chorus But since that time how things have changed. Poor Nellie that was my bride, Now lies beneath the cold cold sod, With her father by her side. I planted on the little mound A weeping willow tree, And bathed its roots with many a tear That it might shelter me. Chorus. Funding for digitization provided by the Arkansas Humanities Council and the Happy Hollow Foundation.
McAllister, Helen; Holley, SueMcAllister, Helen; Holley, Sue
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1959 07 30
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