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THE CREPE UPON THE LITTLE CABIN DOOR (*) (aka THE CREPE ON THE OLD CABIN DOOR) (Thompson / Guernsey) Vernon Dalhart - 1928 Also recorded by: Buddy Williams; Slim Dusty; James Roberts; Carson J. Robison. Oh, young fellows, do take warning While you this tale I tell I 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 the little cabin door Oh, I left my home and kindred And those who loved me well It broke my mother's heart, the life I led Then, from her there came a letter To say she wished me well Now I tell to you the pleading words I read "I'm getting old and feeble My hair will soon be grey And every day I'm waiting at the door Oh, my boy, come home to see me Before I go away Oh, I fear I'll never see you anymore" But I did not heed the warning I'd hear it day by day Just wasting time on women, wine and song But this kind of sinful pleasure Lasts only for a day And the sorrows of repentance last so long Then at last I journied homeward And 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 the little cabin door Oh, young fellows, do take warning You've heard this tale I tell You've heard 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 the little cabin door (Transcribed by Monique Adriaansen & Mel Priddle - February 2005) ***** (*) Buddy Williams also has a track listing for "...Cabin Floor", as well as the "...Cabin Door" version. The original song is definitely about crepe paper on a cabin door, and the title has been messed with over the years. Written by Thompson & Guernsey and recorded way back in the 1920s (also popped up in the '40s) by American C&W radio/recording pioneers like Vernon Dalhart, James Roberts and Carson J. Robison. Variously titled "Crepe Upon the Little Cabin Door", "Crepe on the Old Cabin Door" (seems to be the most 'official' one), "The Crepe on the Old Cabin Door", "Crepe on the Cabin Door", etc. (Additional info by Graham Gibson - February 2005)

    


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