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SONG OF DESOLATION, by            
First Line: All de chillens am growed up an gone an lef de place
Last Line: Den what it cant take along, it will destroy.
Subject(s): War


All de chillens am growed up an gone an lef de place.
De missis laid to res long time ago.
De winds ob many years hab laid der fingers on ma face.
Where de lusty health ob springtime used to glow.
De snow am sifted thru de hairs upon ma haid.
Ma eyes cant see de stars up in de sky.
All dat i can do is sit beside ma door.
An watch de mississippi ribber flowin by.

De hoe am in de corner, cant use it any mo.
Cant see to pull de suckers from de cawn.
De weeds an grass am boun to take de place i know.
Since ma strength an will to conquer dem is gone.
De barrows standin desolate against de cabin wall,
Ma tools am rustin where i lef dem lie.
And de moonlight shimmers in a raident silver glow.
On de waters ob de ribber flowin by.

Oh dat mity ribber has a place in all ma dreams.
It nussed me on its bosom all ma days.
As i watch its rippling water, to me it always seems.
To voice its lilting laughter many ways.
Sometimes it laughs in gladness, sometimes it cries in pain;
It has been ma sorrow an ma joy.
Sometimes its mity current goes ragin to de sea.
Den what it cant take along, it will destroy.





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