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Letter Edged In Black-crd  Marty Robbins


Subject: THE LETTER EDGED IN BLACK LETTER EDGED IN BLACK Recorded by Marty Robbins Public Domain
CAPO: 1st Fret/KEY: Eb/PLAY: D [D] I was standin' by my window yesterday [A7] morning Without a thought of worry or of [D] care When I saw the postman [D7] comin' up the [G] pathway With [A7] such a happy face and jolly [D] air.
He rang the bell and whistled as he waited Then he said; "Good morning to you, Jack" But he little knew the sorrow he had brought me When he handed me a letter edged in black.
With trembling hand I took this letter from him I broke the seal and this is what it said: "Come home my boy, your dear old father wants you Come home my boy, your dear old mother's dead."
I bowed my head in sorrow and in sadness The sunshine of my life, it all had fled When the post man brought that letter yesterday morning "Saying come home my boy, your dear old mother's dead."
"The last words your mother ever uttered Tell my boy I want him to come back My eyes are blurred, my poor old heart is breaking So, I'm writing you this letter edged in black."
"Forget those angry words that we had spoken You know I didn't mean them, don't you, Jack May the angels bear as witness, I am asking Your forgiveness in this letter edged in black."
Source: Marty Robbins - Just Me And My Guitar 1983 CBS Records LSP 15388\Bear Family Records BFX-15119
Note. The Letter Edged In Black, written by Hattie Nevada, but the authorship being forgotten, moved into the folk tradition. It was recorded by Vernon Dalhart (as Al Craver) for Columbia in November 1925; but perhaps the most popular country version of the song was recorded by Kentucky balladeer Bradley Kincaid, who recorded it for Bluebird on February 14, 1934.


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