Sung by: Ollie Gilbert
Recorded in Mountain View, AR by George Fisher

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(Fisher: "This is also an old song, right?" Gilbert: "An old song I knew all my life. I guess mostly my mother sung it when I was just a little girl. 'Plant Sweet Flowers on My Grave.'") In that dear old village churchyard,
There I see a mossy mound.
There is where my mother’s sleeping
In the cold and silent ground.

I was young, but I remember
Well the night my mother died.
There I watched her spirit fading
When she called me to her side.

Said, “Dear darling, I must leave you.
Angel's voice to guide you on.
Pray that we will meet in Heaven,
When your mother is dead and gone.”

Chorus: Plant sweet flowers on my grave;
Plant sweet flowers on my grave.
Promise me, if you love me,
Plant sweet flowers on my grave.

Ofttimes to her grave I wander,
Flowers to plant with tender care.
On the grave of my dear mother,
Darkness found me weeping there.

Looking at the stars above me,
Waiting for the heaven’s dawn,
For there’s no one left to love me
Since my mother is dead and gone.


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Lyon College, Batesville, Arkansas
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