Sung by: Mrs. W.B. Apple
Recorded on 7/20/62

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The next scene is that of the gambler
Who lost all his money at play.
Took his dead mother's ring from his finger,
That she wore on her wedding day.
'Tis his last earthly treasure; he stakes it.
Bows his head as in shame he might hide.
When they lifted his head, they found he was dead,
'Tis a picture from life's other side.

Chorus: 'Tis a picture from life's other side,
Someone who fell by the way.
Life has gone out with the tide
That might have been happy one day.
Your poor old mother at home,
Watching and waiting alone,
Longing to hear from loved ones so dear,
'Tis a picture from life's other side.

The next scene is down by a river,
Heartbroken mother and child.
The old harbor lights stand and shiver,
On an outcast one will say.
She was a good. . . mother,
Somebody's darling and pride.
God help her, she leaps;
There's no one to weep.
'Tis a picture from life's other side.


Also found in Randolph, Vol. IV, #603.

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