Room Was So Cold and Cheerless, The
DESCRIPTION: "The room was so cold and cheerless and bare," almost without furniture and with broken windows. The cradle sits empty, the woman is dying of hunger and cold. Her husband is a drunkard and will not reach Heaven
EARLIEST DATE: 1931 (Henry, collected from Rachel Brackett)
KEYWORDS: death abandonment husband wife drink clergy Bible Hell warning
FOUND IN: US(So)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
MHenry-Appalachians, pp. 116-117, "The Room Was So Cold and Cheerless" (1 text)
NOTES [134 words]: The song states in the final stanza, "A verse in the Bible, the minister read, 'No drunkard shall reach heaven," it said."
There is no verse in the Bible which uses those precise words. The reference is, I believe, to 1 Corinthians 6:[9-]10, which reads, "Fornicators, odolators, adulterers, male prostitutes, sodomites,  thieves, the freedy, the drunk, the ill-tongued, bandits -- none of these will inherit the Kingdom of God." However, it also goes on to say that the readers *used to be* these things, but were freed by the work of Jesus. Although all of these things are (seemingly) sinful, as I read the passage, it is not the sin but the attitude of the sinner which determines salvation. I grant that this is a fairly subtle distinction -- clearly it was lost on the author of this song. - RBW
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