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Death Letter Blues - Part 2

This song is by Lead Belly and appears on the album Leadbelly Arc & Library Of Congress Recordings, Vol. 1 (1934-1935) (2005).

Yes they wrote me a letter, what do you reckon it read?
Yes they wrote me a letter, what do you reckon it read?
Come home big papa, your lovin' baby's dead

Spoken: Sure enough he goes to the graveyard
He goes back home. He goes to his friend
When he got that letter, he goes to the depot
And he catch the longest train he seen
And he didn't stop at no short stop
He read somethin', got it in the heart
And when he got home here with his, told his mama

Yes I went to the depot, (cause the train to fly ?)
I went to the depot, caught the train (up long ?)
When he walks in Lord, she was low lay down

Spoken: His Mama met him at the door step
Papa run to the bed side, told his daughter and daughter-in-law goodbye

My Mama said "Howdy!" Papa said "Goodbye"
My Mama said "Howdy!" Papa said "Goodbye"
Poor boy couldn't do nothing but, hang his head and cry

Poor boy couldn't do nothing but, hang his head and cry

Spoken: He went to the bedside and looked down in the baby's face
She didn't know him from nobody else 'cause it's too late
When he looked down in her face, here' what he said to his Mama:

Yes he went to the bed Lord, looked down in her face
Yes he went to the bed Lord, looked down in her face
"Lord I love you pretty mama, just can't take your place"