MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
The Boys in Blue
Francis O'Brien NFLD 2 Tape 8 Track 7
Trepassey Audio:
Ballad

LEACH: All right
F. O'BRIEN:(sings)

The office was just open when a man quite worn in years
Upon his care-worn face he wore a sign of tears
And as the clerk approached him with tear-dimmed eyes he said
l am here to wait all for my son he is coming home today

This is not an express station but just the town depot
And if your son is coming home the clerk did smile and say
You will find him at the station with the passengers on their way

You do not rightly understand the old man shook his head
He's not coming as a passenger but by express instead
He is coming home to mother with tear dimmed eyes he said
He is coming in his casket he is coming to us dead

Just then the whistle pierced their ears the express somebody cried
With quickening steps the old man rose and quickly rushed outside
From the baggage car a long white box was lowered down to them
The sight was most heart-rendering to all that stood around

Don't handle it so roughly it contains my dear son Jack
Who left us in his health and strength see how he is coming back
He has broke his dear old mother's heart her words are coming true
For she told him he would come back dead if he joined the boys in blue


Notes

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