The Max Hunter Folk Song Collection

Please Mamma Stay Home With Me Now

Cat. #0754 (MFH #522) - As sung by Ollie Gilbert, Mountain View, Arkansas on May 26, 1969

VERSE 1
A Mother went, out on a party
She left a home a baby son
He cried an' begged her not to leave him
But she would not give up her fun
She kissed his cheeks an' tried to sooth him
But would not heed his childish plea
And as she left, she heerd him calling
Please Mamma please, stay home with me

VERSE 2
Th Mother joined th merry makers
An' soon was lost in trifling joy
Th mellow tune an' flickering shadows,
Made her forget her baby boy
She laughed an' danced an' did some drinking
Th world to her was full of glee
But now an' then this words would haunt her
Please Mamma please, stay home with me

VERSE 3
She left th party feeling dizzy
With smell of drinks on her breath
She hurried home to find her baby
In rage an' pain an' nearing death
Th doctor came and looked on sadly
Th case was hopeless, he could see
Th baby died these words repeating
Please Mamma pllease, stay home with me

VERSE 4
Mother now, her life forget
To hear her baby's voice again
She grieves because she really left him
To satisfy her wish in vain
O, Mother, don't neglect your duty
Do not ignore your baby's plea
For now an' then these words will haunt you
Please Mamma please, stay home with me