Little Bessie

Lyrics: Traditional
Music: Traditional

Played by Jerry with Old And In The Way.

Hold me close dear mother, closer
Put your arms around me tight
For I'm cold and tired dear mother
And I feel so strange tonight

Something hurts me here, dear mother
Like a stone upon my breast
And I wonder, wonder mother
Why it is I cannot rest

All the day while you were working
As I lay upon my bed
I was trying to be remember
And to think of what you said

Just before the lamps were lighted
Just before the children came
While the room was still and quiet
I heard someone call my name

Come up here little Bessie
Come up here and live with me
My little children never suffer
In the long eternity

[At the solemn hour of] midnight
[In the dark and lonesome deep]
Lying on her mother's bosom
Little Bessie fell asleep

Far up yonder at the portals
That are shining bright and clear
Little Bessie now is tended
By her Saviour's loving care

Further Information
For more information on recordings see Matt Schofield's Grateful Dead Family Discography


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