Yearly Archives: 2015

I am a poor girl what you might say got no home

Franklin NC Dec. 10, 1926 Mr. F.M. Lida. Dear Sir I am going to write you for a little information about R.E. Gilliland if you know any thing about him. Last Thursday night two week ago he and I got married here in Franklin, N.C. and Tuesday morning following he slipped off and left and […]

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Jesus, Jesus, Rest Your Head

Jesus, Jesus, rest your head. You have got a manger bed. All the evil folk on earth, Sleep in feathers at their birth. (But) Jesus, Jesus, rest your head. You have got a manger bed. Have you heard about our Jesus? Have you heard about his fate? How his mother came to the stable, On […]

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The Cherry Tree Carol (abridged)

JOSEPH was an old man, And an old man was he, When he wedded Mary In the land of Galilee. Joseph and Mary walk’d Through an orchard good, Where was cherries and berries So red as any blood. Joseph and Mary walk’d Through an orchard green, Where was berries and cherries As thick as might […]

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Put the children’s packages in their stockings

DECEMBER 1915 FRIDAY 24 “Well, the chittlings, a part of them Alice sent over by Pete. They were intestines cleaned ready to cut into short pieces to fry. I told Tillie she needn’t fry any for me. They stood in water two or three days and by that time they were smelling like ‘all get […]

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You can’t make a livin’ at a cotton mill

When you buy clothes on easy terms, The collector treats you like measly worms; One dollar down and then, Lord knows, If you don’t make a payment they’ll take your clothes. When you go to bed, you can’t sleep, You owe so much at the end of the week. No use to collect, they’re all […]

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