Hello, Central, Give Me Heaven

DESCRIPTION: "Papa, I'm so sad and lonely... Since dear Mama's gone to heaven." The child says that Papa has never smiled, and decides to call Heaven to talk to Mama. A voice at the other end says to kiss Mama through the telephone
AUTHOR: Charles K. Harris
EARLIEST DATE: 1901 (Source: Spaeth, A History of Popular Music in America)
KEYWORDS: technology death father mother children
REFERENCES (3 citations):
Stout-FolkloreFromIowa 40, pp. 56-57, "Hello, Central, Give Me Heaven" (2 texts plus a fragment)
Neely/Spargo-TalesAndSongsOfSouthernIllinois, pp. 250-251, "Hello Central, Give Me Heaven" (1 text)
Spaeth-WeepSomeMoreMyLady, pp. 250-251, "Hello, Central, Give Me Heaven" (1 text, 1 tune)

Roud #4336
File: Stou040

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