The Max Hunter Folk Song Collection

The Picture From Lifes Other Side

Cat. #0144 (MFH #500) - As sung by Mrs. Doug "Ina" Harvey, Rolla, Missouri on June 30, 1958

VERSE 1
In the worlds brightess gallery of pictures
Hangs th scenes that are painted from life
Hangs the picture of peace and of passion
A picture of grief and of strife
Hangs th picture of youth and of beauty
Old age and the blushing young bride
All hang on th wall, but th saddest of all
Is th picture from lifes other side

VERSE 2
A poor old mother at home
Watching and waiting alone
Longing to hear from her loved ones so dear
That's th picture from lifes other side

VERSE 3
The first is a tale of two brothers
Whose lifes in a different path led
While one in a luxury was living
The other one begged for his bread
One dark night they met on th highway
Your money or life, th thief cried
When he took with his knife, his dear brothers life
That's th picture from lifes other side

VERSE 4
Th next is a scene by th river
A heart broken mother and babe
Neath the harbor lights glare, stand and shiver
An outcast that no one will save
Although she was once a true woman
She was somebody's darling, you know
God help her she needs there is no one to weep
That's the picture from lifes other side

VERSE 5
Th next is the tale of a gambler
Who had lost all his money at play
Takes his dead mothers ring from his finger
She wore on her wedding day
It's his last earthly treasure, he stakes it
Bows his head, that a shame he might hide
When they raise up his head, they find out he's dead
That's th picture from lifes other side

VERSE 6
A poor old mother at home
Watching and waiting alone
Longing to hear from her loved ones so dear
That's th picture from lifes other side

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