The Max Hunter Folk Song Collection

Picture From Life's Other Side

Cat. #1276 (MFH #500) - As sung by Floyd Holland, Mountain View, Arkansas on October 26, 1971

VERSE 1
In th worlds mighty gallery of pictures
--- ---- --- have faded from sight
Is a picture of joy an' of sorrow
Is a picture of peace an' of strife
There's a picture of youth an' of beauty
--- -- --- -- blushing young bride
All hang on th wall, but th saddest of all
Is th picture from life's other side

VERSE 2
Is a picture from life's other side
Someone that fell by th way
Some life has ran out in th tide, with th tide
Might have been happy some day
Some poor ole Mother at home
Is waiting an' watching alone
Wanting to hear, from 'er loved one so dear
T'is a picture from life's other side

VERSE 3
Th first scene is at two brothers
--- --- -- --- --- ----
Someone is living an' looking
While th other one begs fer us bread
One night they met upon a highway
Your gold or your life, he cried
He took with his knife, his own brother's life
T'is a picture from life's other side

VERSE 4
Th next scene is at a poor gambler
Who'd lost all his money at play
He took from his finger his dead Mother's ring
That she wore on her wedding day
--- ---- -- --- --- ----
----- ----- -- --- ---
They laid him in bed, an' allowed he was dead
T'is a picture from life's other side

VERSE 5
Th last scene is down by th river
A heart broken Mother an' child
-- ---- ---- ----- ---- ---
On an outcast that no one would take
Perhaps she was once a good woman
Somebody's joy and pride
Together she leaped an' no one to weep
T'is a picture from life's other side

(Mr. Holland tells about his first banjo out of a gourd.)

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