A Drunkard's Child
Jimmie Rodgers Lyrics


My father is a drunkard my mother she is dead
And I am just an orphan child no place to lay my head
All through this world I wander they drive me from their door
Someday I'll find a welcome on heaven's golden shore

Now if to me you'll listen I'll tell a story sad
How drinking rum and the gambling hell have stole away my dad
My mother she is in heaven where God and the angels smile
And now I know she's watching her lonely orphan child
We were once so happy and had a happy home
Till daddy went to drinking rum and then he gambled some
He left my darling mother she died of a broken heart
And as I tell my story I can see your teardrops start

Don't weep for me and mother although I know it is sad
But try to find someone to cheer and save my poor lonely dad
I'm awful cold and hungry she closed her eyes and sighed
Then those who heard her story knew the orphan child had died

Writer(s): Jimmie Rodgers, Andrew Jenkins

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Comments from YouTube:

Joan Marie LeLacheur-landry

Oh My dear Dad. I found your old song..I cannot believe it.. He use to sing only the first few verses.. May God keep him in mind during the resurrection time.. How I miss him so.. In memory of my dad.. John James lelacheur.. R.I.P. Love Joaniexxxxooo

Randy Linkert

Hello Joan

Nate Cheney

Beautiful song. Thank god it's here for everyone to listen. Along with all his songs.

Gerald McIvor

This brings back a flood of warm memories of my Father who used to sing and pick this song in the classic Jimmie Rodgers style.....Thank you for posting this for everyones enjoyment...

USN Corpsman

Same with me. My Dad was 10 years old and his Dad was a minor and passed away in 1929. My Dad had all this old music.

Billy Murray Fan

This is great music,but music of the 21th century is not

glorious leasi

Reminds me of my grandma she used to always sing this song 😭😭❤️ thank you for this 🥰

GravityAngel

0:15 My father is a drunkard my mother she is dead
And I am just an orphan child no place to lay my head
All through this world I wander they drive me from their door
Someday I'll find a welcome on heaven's golden shore

0:55 Now if to me you'll listen I'll tell a story sad
How drinking rum and the gambling hell have stole away my dad
My mother is in heaven where God and the angels smile
And now I know she's watching her lonely orphan child

1:46 We all were once so happy and had a happy home
Till daddy went to drinking rum and then he gambled some
He left my darling mother she died of a broken heart
And as I tell my story I see your teardrops start

2:25 Don't weep for me and mother although I know it is sad
But try to get someone to cheer and save my poor lonely dad
I'm awful cold and hungry she closed her eyes and sighed
Then those who heard her story knew the orphan child had died

Mark D. Akers

They played this song in "That Evening Sun" - a GREAT movie!!

Primrose Haran

Fantastic song and singer thanks for this great post

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