The Max Hunter Folk Song Collection

Please Don't Wait For Me Darling

Cat. #0798 (MFH #526) - As sung by Ollie Gilbert, Mountain View, Arkansas on June 25, 1969

VERSE 1
I received your letter, you wrote dear,
Which you said, you'd wait for me
I'm ask'n you to forget me
For my name will never be free

CHORUS:
O, please don't wait for me darl'in
You'll never be happy, I know
I will always be an ex-convict
An' branded wherever I go

VERSE 2
Three years n' sentence be over
An' th gates swing wide for me
Th jury said, I'm a free man
But my name will never be free