Sung by: Roland Taylor
Recorded in Poughkeepsie, AR 9/8/61

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It was three years ago last summer,
And I never will forget that sad day,
When a stranger came out from the city,
Just to spend some time for his health.

Now, the stranger was fair, tall, and handsome,
And he looked like a man who had wealth.
Said he wanted to stay in the country,
Just to spend some time for his health.

One night as I came from my workshop,
I was whistling and singing with joy,
Expecting a kind-hearted welcome
From my sweet loving wife and my boy.

When I reached the door of my home,
There was placed in a room on a stand,
Was a package of old love letters,
Said my wife and the stranger had gone.

“May I sleep in your barn tonight, Mister?
It is cold lying out on the ground,
And I have no tobacco nor matches,
And I’m sure I can do you no harm.”

Also found in Randolph, Vol. IV, #841, “Can I Sleep in Your Barn Tonight?”; Brown, Vol. III, #356, “May I Sleep in Your Barn Tonight, Mister?”

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

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