Sung by: Mrs. Alice Isringhouse
Recorded in Holly Grove, AR 6/15/59

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My dear sweetheart, as I write to you
My heart is filled with pain.
If things are true I hear of you,
I'll never see you again.
They tell me, darling, that tonight
You'll wed another man,
And if you do--I'll tell you true--
My boat will never land.

You promised that you'd wait for me,
And nothing would come between,
And in my home some day you'd be
My wife and loving queen.
And I would build a home for you
And make a garden there,
And plant it, too, with my own hands--
Sweet flowers rich and rare.

My future hopes were placed in you;
You've been my guiding star.
Please write and tell me that you're true
To the sailor who waits afar.
Just write and tell me you love me yet,
And still long to be my wife,
And I'll return and we will wed
And live a happy life.

All Songs Recorded by John Quincy Wolf, Jr., unless otherwise noted

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Lyon College, Batesville, Arkansas
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