Orphan's Lament (Two Little Children, Left Jim and I Alone)

DESCRIPTION: "Two little children, a boy and a girl, Sat by the old church door." The ragged, dirty children tell of their poverty: "Papa was lost out on sea long ago... Mama's in heaven, angels took her away." They are too young to work. They die before morning
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1923 (Brown)
KEYWORDS: orphan death
REFERENCES (7 citations):
BrownII 150, "Two Little Children" (1 text plus mention of 3 more)
BrownSchinhanIV 150, "Two Little Children" (2 excerpts, 2 tunes)
Cambiaire, p. 32, "Two Little Children" (1 text)
Moore-Southwest 178, "Two Little Children" (1 text, 1 tune)
Owens-1ed, pp. 287-290, "Two Little Children" (1 text, 1 tune)
MHenry-Appalachians, pp. 126-127, "Two Little Orphans" (1 text)

Roud #458
Betty Garland, "Two Little Orphans (or Left Jim and I Alone)" (on BGarland01)
Ernest V. Stoneman and the Dixie Mountaineers, "Two Little Orphans -- Our Mama's In Heaven" (Edison 51935, 1927) (CYL: Edison [BA] 5338, 1927); "Two Little Orphans" (OKeh, unissued, 1927); Ernest V. Stoneman and His Blue Ridge Cornshuckers, "The Two Little Orphans" (Victor 21648)
Arthur Tanner, "Two Little Children" (Columbia 15180-D, 1927)

cf. "Row Us Over the Tide" (subject)
cf. "I Saw the Pale Moon Shining on Mother's White Tombstone" (subject)
File: BrII150

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