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Re: Re: one cold day in december
Submitted by Dick Clough <email@example.com> on 18/Feb/2012 in reply to Re: one cold day in december posted by Lorna marney on 31/Aug/2011
I am 60 years old. My father taught me this song/poem in the middle/late '50s, with slight variation.
(spoken) It was a cold day in December and a little boy stood by the curb. He was trying to keep from crying, he had a strain in every nerve.He held out his cap for pennies, and you could hear him say; "All I need is 5 pennies, sir, I'll pay you back someday".
Along came a stern old policeman, "Hey, you can't beg here", he cried. "But, all I need is 5 pennies, sir, to get to my dear mother's side". The policeman said, "put on your cap, you'd best be moving along"; the boy said, "please don't arrest me, sir, and I'll tell you my story in a song". (singing) A year ago last April, my step-daddy came home each night. He used to whip me and beat me and it filled my mama with fright. He told me to pack my belongings and never step foot in his door. And, that's why I had to leave home, sir, and never see my mama no more. (back to spoken)Then, the policeman said, "come along with me. I'll buy you some new warm clothes. I'll see that you get to your dear Mother' side, and we'll bring her a big red rose". They caught the next trail to the little boy's home, but as they walked up to the door, on the knob was a ribbon, it's color was black and it had never been there before. A tear came into the policeman's eye and he looked down at the little boy. "Your mama's gone to a new world, son, come and be my little boy".
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