Two Little Orphans

Cat. #0399 (MFH #638) - As sung by Oma Kilgore, Fayetteville, Arkansas on August 19, 1959

Two little children, a boy an' a girl
Sat by the ole church door
Th little girls feet were as brown as th curl
That fell on th dress that she wore
Th boys coat was faded and hatless his head
A tear shown in each little eye
Why don't you run home to your Mamma, I said
An' this was th maidens reply

Mamma's in Heaven, they took her away
Left Jim an' I all alone
We came here to stay till th close of th day
For we have no Mamma, no home
We cain't earn our bread, we're to little, she said
Jim five an' I only seven
There's no one to love us since Papa is gone
An' our darling Mamma is in heaven

Papa was lost out on sea, long ago
We waited all night, on th shore
For he was a life saving captain, you know
But 'e never came back anymore
Then, Mamma got sick, angels took her away
They said, to a home fair and bright
She said, she would come for her darlings sometime
Perhaps, she is coming tonight

Perhaps, there's no room up in Heaven, she said
For two little darlings to keep
She then placed her hand under Jims little head
She kissed him, and both fell asleep
Th sexton came early to ring th church bell
He found them under th snow white
The angels made room for two orphans, to dwell
In Heaven, with Mother that night