You’re going to leave the old home town, song

Michael McFeeley, singing in English
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Lyrics

You're going to leave the old home Jim today you're going away
You're going among them city folks to dwell
So spoke a dear old Mother to her boy one summer’s day
And the mind’s made up that way I wish it well.

The old home will be lonely we'll miss you when you're gone
The birds won't sing so sweet when you're not nigh
But if you are in trouble Jim just write and let me know
She spoke those words and then she said goodbye.

Let sickness overtake you or old companions forsake you
Through this world you'll wander all alone
When friends you hadn't any and your pockets not a penny
There's a mother always waiting you at home.

Ten years later to the village came a stranger known to you
His footsteps slow and ragged clothes he wore
The village children laughed at him as down the lane he walked
Unil he stopped outside a cabin door

He stood a while and gently knocked he thinks that she be dead
Then he heard a voice well known to him
Was his mother's voice her hair was silver by the touch of time
She says I’m going to send us back our Jim

When sickness overtake you or old companions forsake you
Through this world you wandered all alone
For friends you hadn't any and your pockets not a penny
There's a mother always waiting you at home.

see also   You're going to leave the old home town / Owen Kelly