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Pappa went huntin' but he never come back.
Found his bones scattered by the railroad track.
Ol' wolf found his body, now he howlin' at the moon.
Poor mamma cryin' "Poppa, come back soon!"

About a month ago in the afternoon,
Pappa brought his gun into the living room.
Looked at me dark like the face of doom,
Says "Tell your damned momma I'll be comin' back soon."

Then Pappa went huntin', but he never come back.
I'm glad that he's gone, now that's a cold, hard fact!
Hell ain't happy, Pap's too mean to burn.
But I made the deposit, and he won't return.

When Mamma was a girl, it was different then,
She could've had her pick of all the county men.
Why she took Pappa I just can't say.
But Paps took what she gave him and threw it away.

Well, mamma went out to find the old man.
She took him some food in a old tin can.
I'd like to fix it, but I don't know how.
I been lookin' for mamma nearly three weeks now.

Somebody tell me, 'cause I don't understand,
Why a woman let herself be hit by a man,
Woman take a beatin' and she call it love!
Damndest thing this boy ever heard of.

I look for mamma 'most every night,
Creepin' through the woods in the cold moonlight.
Thought I saw her once by the railroad track,
Smiled a sweet smile and said "Pappa came back!"


------
Paul Godfrey


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