(E L Jeffe)
as recorded by Dolly Parton
Oh dear I'm so tired and so lonesome,
I wonder why mommy don't come.
She told me to shut up my blue eyes
And before I woke up she'd be home.
She said she was going to see Grandma
Who lives by the river so wide,
And I guess my mommy's feeling bad,
And perhaps she won't be home tonight.
So I guess I'll go down and meet daddy,
Perhaps he has stopped at the store.
It's a great big store full of bottles
And I wish he wouldn't go there anymore!
So out in the night went the baby,
Her little heart beating with pride,
'Til her tired feet entered the gin palace
With music all radiant with light.
"Oh daddy!", she cried as she reached him,
"I think that the music's so sweet,
But it's almost suppertime, daddy,
Little Blossom wants something to eat!".
A moment his blurred eyes gazed wildly,
Down into her face sweet and fair,
And as the demon possessed him
He grasped at the back of a chair.
A moment, a second was over,
He lifted her fair golden head.
A moment the baby's lips trembled,
Then poor Little Blossom was dead!
(Transcribed by Peter Akers - January 2016)