The Max Hunter Folk Song Collection

Lamp Lighting Time in the Valley

Cat. #1083 (MFH #397) - As sung by Ollie Gilbert, Mountain View, Arkansas on May 12, 1970

VERSE 1
There's a lamp shinin' bright in th cabin
An' th window is shining for me
An' I know that my Mother is praying
For th boy she's longin' to see

CHORUS:
When it's lamp lightin' time in th valley
Then in dreams I go back to my home
I can see that ole lamp in th window
It will guide me wherever I roam

VERSE 2
By th lamp light each night, I can see her
As she rocks in her chair to an' fro
An' she prays that I'll come back to see her
Yet, I know that I never can go

VERSE 3
Then she lights up th lamp an' sets waiting
For she knows not th crime I have done
So I'll change all my ways an' I'll meet her
Up in Heaven when life's race is run