#02082
Take Warning (MacEdward Leach)

Young fellows, you take warning,
While you this tale I tell,
I'll tell it from a heart that's sad and sore;
Come and learn from me a lesson,
As I have learned it well,
From the crepe upon our little cabin door.

But I did not heed the warning, tarried day by day,
Wasting time on women, wine and song;
But this kind of simple pleasure lasts only for a day,
While the sorrow of repentance lasts so long.

As I journeyed homeward, as I climbed the hill,
I thought to see my mother's face once more;
But as I passed through the gateway,
My aching heart stood still,
There was crepe upon our little cabin door.

Now, young fellow, you take warning,
You've heard the tale I've told,
I've told it from a heart now sad and sore;
Come and learn from me a lesson,
As I have learned so well,
From the crepe upon our little cabin door.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of Young People, Take Warning, collected in 1920 from Ambrose L Gates by Vance Randolph, and published as #653 on page 91 of Ozark Folksongs, Volume IV, Religious Songs And Others (University of Missouri, 1980/1946) ....####

This variant collected in 1951 from Cyril O'Brien [ca.1902-?] of Trepassey, NL, and published in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).


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