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​Letter Edged In Black

This song is by Stonewall Jackson and appears on the album The Great Old Songs (1968).

I was standing by my window yesterday mornin'
Without a thought of worry or of care
When I saw the postman comin' up the pathway
With such a jolly face and jolly aire

He rang the bell and whistled as he waited
He smiled and said good mornin' to you Jack
He little knew the sorrow that he brought me
When he handed me that letter edged in black

With tremblin' hands I took the letter from him
I opened it and this is how it read
Come home my boy your dear ole father needs you
Come home my boy your dear old mother's dead

I'm sorry that harsh words were ever spoken
You know I didn't mean them don't you Jack
My eyes are blurred my poor old hand is shakin'
As I'm writing you this letter edged in black

The last words that your mother ever uttered
Was tell my boy I want him to come back
The angels bear me witness as I'm asking
Your forgiveness in this letter edged in black

Written by:

Roy Carter