The office just had opened|
When an old man worned in years,
There entered, on his care-worn face
Was signs of grief and tears;
An' as the clerk approached him
With a tremblin' voice did say,
"I'm lookin' for my boy, sir.
He's comin' home today."
2. You've made a slight mistake, sir,
3. You do not understand me,|
An' the old man shook his head,
He's not coming with the passengers
But by express instead.
He's comin' home to mother,
In a trembling voice he said,
He's comin' home in a casket, sir,
He's comin' to us dead.
4. Just then a whistle pierced the air,
5. Don't handle that box rough, boys,|
For it contains our darlin' Jack,
He went away as you are now,
See how he's comin' back.
He broke his poor old mother's heart,
Her warnin' has come true,
She said he'd come back to us dead,
When he joined the boys in blue.
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