Jacob's Dream
Alison Krauss Lyrics


In the spring of 1856, with the snow still on the ground
Two little boys were lost in the mountains above the town
The father went out hunting, the boys had stayed behind
While mother tended to her chores, they wandered from her side

The two had gone to follow him and lost their way instead
By dusk the boys had not been found and fear had turned to dread
Two hundred men had gathered there to comb the mountainside
The fires were built on the highest peak in hopes they'd see the light
Oh mommy and daddy, why can't you hear our cries?
The day is almost over, soon it will be night
We're so cold and hungry, and our feet are tired and sore
We promise not to stray again from our cabin door

Now Jacob Diverd woke one night from a strange and eerie dream
He saw a path between two hills near a dark and swollen stream
He told his wife he saw the boys huddled close beside a log
For two more nights the dream returned this vision sent from God

Oh mommy and daddy, why can't you hear our cries?
The day is almost over, soon it will be night
We're so cold and hungry, and our feet are tired and sore
We promise not to stray again from our cabin door

A thousand men had searched in vain the west side of pop's creek
But Jacob's wife knew of this place and said to travel east
With a guide to take him there Jacob came upon the scene
And found the boys cold and still beneath the old birch tree

Oh mommy and daddy, look past the tears you cry
We're both up in Heaven now, God is by our side
As you lay us down to rest in the presence of the Lord
Know that we will meet you here at Heaven's door

Oh mommy and daddy, look past the tears you cry
We're both up in Heaven now, God is by our side
And as you lay us down to rest in the presence of the Lord
Know that we will meet you here at Heaven's door

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Written by: JOHN PENNELL, JULIE LEE

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Comments from YouTube:

KellyDawn

I made the mistake of listening to this song for the first time while driving. Had to pull over because I was crying too hard. This song is just an otherworldly level of beauty and sadness.

Chris Kempton

It makes you realize keep your children in sight at all times...from a father who cant imagine the feeling these parents felt...its a sad song that teaches that in a second you can lose yhe most important thing in your life...peace be with all

Tamzon O'Malley

I would have had to do the same

Sarah Jacobsen

You can hear so much emotion in this song, and Allison truly is capable of construing these powerful feelings to us. She is such a talented musician.

crystal wilde

I grew up close to where this happened and as a kid my father took me to see the monument. I have been telling my boyfriend about the area and its history. I just love this songand it is about time artists got back to folk songs again. this is a sad but very true story.i would love to thank her for brining this story back to light.

Joe Rhoads

I lived in this area as a young boy and hunted in this area many times. My Pap used to tell me the story of these children when we were preparing to hunt these woods. It always gave me an eerie feeling when we used to go there to say the least. Allison brought tears to my eyes when i first listened to this heart wrenching song . She once said it was a very difficult song to do because of its extremely sad content and almost didn't go through with recording it! I am so glad she did, it will always be special to me

jerry sings

we visit the memorial every year and trout fish the stream

Sarah Jacobsen

@B & G Farm and Homestead Was your mother closely related to the parents of the two boys? It is always fascinating talking to the relatives of those we have heard of from the past, and I’m curious what you know about this phenomenon.

Sohaila LUVN NM

@B & G Farm and Homestead Wow...amazing <3

ThePancakeSisters

My teacher putted this on so I searched it and listened to it over and over.

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