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The Prisoner's Song Oh I wish I had someone to love me Someone to call me her own, Oh I wish I had someone to live with For I'm tired of living alone. Oh please meet me tonight in the moonlight Plwease meet me tonight all alone For I have a sad story to tell you It's a story that's never been told. I'll be carried to the new jail tomorrow Leavin' my poor darlin' alone With the cold prison bars all around me And my head on a pillow of stone Now I have a grand ship on the ocean All mounted with silver and gold And before my poor darling would suffer. Oh that ship would be anchored and sold. Now if I had wings like an angel Over these prison walls I would fly. And I'd fly to the arms of my poor darling And there I'd be willing to die. Note: From Vernon Dalhart recording, 1924. This was the flip side of Wreck of the old 97, and Dahlhart made several cover versions for some 30 different labels. This was clearly the single most popular record ---of any type--- produced at the time, with reported sales up in the billions of records being reported. A decade later, Acuff covered it, and sold another million or so. RG
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