When the Roses Bloom Again

Cat. #1124 (MFH #677) - As sung by Ollie Gilbert, Mountain View, Arkansas on April 9, 1970

They were strolling thru th glooming
As th roses were in bloom
A soldier an' his sweetheart, fond an' true
Their heart were filled with sorrow
For th thought was on tomorrow
As she pinned a rose upon his coat of blue

Do not ask me love to linger
For you know not what you say
When duty called 'er sweethearts name in vain
An' your heart be not be sighing
If I be among th dyin'
I'll be with you when th roses blooms again

When th roses blooms again by th river
Robin red breast sings his sweet refrain
In th days of ole long-zion
I'll be with you, sweetheart mine
I'll be with you when th roses blooms again

In th rattle of th Bible
Came a whisper soft an' low
Of a soldier who had fallen from th fray
O, I'm dying Captain, dying
An' I know I have to go
But I want your promise, 'er I pass away

There's a fair an' distance river
Where th roses 'er in bloom
An' a maiden who's waiting there for me
It is pray you take me
An' be faithful, don't forsake me
I'll be with 'er when th roses blooms again