The Max Hunter Folk Song Collection

I Wonder Why Daddy Don't Write

Cat. #1093 (MFH #761) - As sung by Ollie Gilbert, Mountain View, Arkansas on May 12, 1970

VERSE 1
I wonder what happened, to Daddy
I pray for 'im day an' night
I'm sure he still loves me an' Mother
But I wonder why Daddy don't write

VERSE 2
I still have th play things, he bought me
Big doll, that stands all alone
Each morning I kneel by th window
An' ask God t' send Daddy home

VERSE 3
Each morning she patiently waiting
With a smile that seems fade away
In a moment th postman will tell her
No letters from Daddy, today

VERSE 4
Last night as I lay on my pillow
Dear Mother, was sleepin' so sound
I dreamed that I saw my Daddy
He was wounded an' lay on th ground

VERSE 5
I dreamed I heered Daddy's voice
Seemed weak an' so far away
In a moment his arms did enfold me
I dreamed I heered Daddy say

VERSE 6
Be brave little darling, tell Mother
Know she'll understand
That no letter can come from this mansion
No letter can come from this land

VERSE 7
I don't understand, dear Mother
Why Daddy can't write just a line
For all of my playmates tell me
Their Daddy writes them, all th time

VERSE 8
O, I wonder shat's happened to Daddy
Pray for him, day an' night
I'm sure he still loves me an' Mother
But I wonder why Daddy don't write