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Meeks Murder 3 I'm one of Mr. Meek's little girls an' if you'll lend an ear I'll tell you about the saddest tale that ever you did hear We lived upon the Taylor's farm not many miles from town One night as we was all asleep the Taylor boys come down They wanted to take my papa away, my momma answered no We could not be left here alone, but the family all could go We got into the wagon then an' rode to Jenkins Hill An' all at once we knew not why but the team was standin' still They murdered my mamma and papa too and knocked the baby in the head They murdered my brothers and sisters four an' left me there as dead An' now my little song you've heard an' the rest you all know well I'm left an orphan here alone in this wide world to dwell I want you all to pray for me that I may meet them there In heaven above where all is love there'll be no murdering there. DT #796 Laws F30 From Randolph, Ozark Folksongs, vol 2 Collected from Clyde Weems of Cardin OK (originally from MO) in 1927 murder occurred May 11, 1894 in Linn County MO motive was to silence witnesses SOF oct96
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