Daddy's Songs (Susan Lawrence)

I remember as a little girl
around my daddy's knee,
And those old songs he'd sing to me;
He'd sing songs of happiness,
of people doing wrong,
His favourite tunes of all
were those good old gospel songs.

I'd sit and listen quietly
to each and every word,
Watch him play the guitar
as his fingers made the chords;
He'd look into my smiling face
and these words he'd say,
Someday you'll sing your Daddy's songs
and his guitar you will play.

Oh, with my daddy's old guitar
his songs I love to play,
They're locked up in my memory
forever more to stay;
Oh, he'd sing songs of happiness
and of people doing wrong,
His favourite tunes of all
were those good old gospel songs.

When I grew older got a guitar of my own,
And Daddy taught me how
to play songs he did know;
Then in the evening
when his work was through,
We'd sit and pick and sing
the songs that my Daddy knew.

Well, daddy he is old now,
his fingers can't make the chords,
He cannot play the guitar
or sing all the words;
So now I play his guitar
and I sing all his songs,
And when he's feeling up to it
sometimes he sings along.

Amazing Grace, Dust On The Bible,
Take My Hand Precious Lord,
Old Time Religion, Old Family Bible,
Old Gospel Ship
and Why Me Lord;
Church In The Wildwood, Old Rugged Cross,
Where Could I Go But To The Lord,
Precious Memories, In The Sweet By And By,
Walkin' And Talkin' For The Lord.

####.... Augustus (Gus) Burton [1922-2009] of Pacquet and Grand Falls-Windsor, NL ....####
Recorded by Susan Lawrence of Upper Gullies, Conception Bay South, NL (Susan Lawrence, trk#1, 1990, produced by Wade Jones playing all instruments and Gus Burton of the Soirees, recorded at Rainbow Studio, St John's, NL).


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