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TWO LITTLE ORPHANS aka TWO LITTLE CHILDREN (Traditional - Irish) Recorded by: Roy Acuff; Dolly Parton; Oma Kilgore; Hylo Brown & The Timberliners; Bridie Gallagher; Norman & Nancy Blake; Philomena Quinn. Two little children, a girl and a boy Stood by an old church door The little girls feet were as brown as the curls That hung upon the dress that she wore The little boy's coat was all tattered and torn And tears hung in his blue eyes Why Don't you go home to your mother I said And this was the maiden's reply Mama's in Heaven, Angels took her away She is gone to that land fair and bright She said she would come for her darlings some day Perhaps she will come tonight We can't earn our bread, we're too little, she said Jim's five and I'm only seven We can't earn our living since Papa is dead And our darling Mama's in heaven Papa got drowned on the sea long ago We waited all night by the shore For he was a lifesaving captain you know And he never came back anymore Perhaps, there's no room up in Heaven, she said For two little darlings to keep She then placed her hand under Jims little head She kissed him, and both fell asleep The sexton came early to ring the church bell And found them beneath the snow white The angels made room for two orphans to dwell In heaven with Mama that night ****** Lyric Variation: Two little children, a boy an' a girl Sat by the ol' church door The little girls feet were as brown as the curl That fell on the dress that she wore The boys coat was faded and hatless his head A tear shown in each little eye Why don't you run home to your Mamma, I said An' this was the maidens reply Mamma's in Heaven, they took her away Left Jim an' I all alone We came here to stay till the close of the day For we have no Mamma, no home We cain't earn our bread, we're too little, she said Jim five an' I only seven There's no one to love us since Papa is gone An' our darling Mamma is in heaven Papa was lost out on the sea, long ago We waited all night, on the shore For he was a life saving captain, you know But 'e never came back anymore Then, Mamma got sick, angels took her away They said, to a home fair and bright She said, she would come for her darlings sometime Perhaps she is coming tonight Perhaps there's no room up in Heaven, she said For two little darlings to keep She then placed her hand under Jims little head She kissed him, and both fell asleep The sexton came early to ring the church bell He found them under the snow white The angels made room for two orphans, to dwell In Heaven, with Mother that night *****

    


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