Lyrics: First verse There's a dear old gray-haired lady, with tear dimmed eyes, In her cottage home she's waiting, ‘neath the southern skies; Often by the gate she's standing, when summer moonlight shines, And thinks of one who loved and left her ‘mid the Georgia pines; She cant believe him faithless, tho' years have come and gone, For her love is a secret and her grief her own; She recalls the sad, sweet parting On that morning, long ago, When he said, ""Goodby, my darling!"" And she answered, sweet and low: Refrain When you come back to Georgia you will find me true, Wander where you may my daily prayer's will follow you; You will find me true and constant with the faithful few, When you come back to Georgia and your darling Sue. Second verse Forty years have pass'd the wandrer, he ne'er returned, Long and weary years of heartaches, while her love lamp burned; But on England's soil her sweetheart, who's sleeping ‘neath the sod, Tho' every night a prayer for him went to the throne of God; A bunch of faded letters A picture worn with wear, Are fondly read before she says her goodnight prayer; At the sound of passing footsteps Her eyes with rapture glow, And the same old words she whispers As in days of long ago.
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