"Last Kind Words" lyrics - RHIANNON GIDDENS

"Last Kind Words"
(Geeshie Wiley)

The last kind words I heard my daddy say
Lord, the last kind words I heard my daddy say
If I die, if I die, in the German war
I want you to send my body, send it to my mother, Lord
If I get killed, if I get killed, please don't bury my soul
I prefer, just leave me out, let the buzzards eat me whole

When you see me comin', look 'cross the rich man's field
If I don't bring you flour, I'll bring you bolted meal
I went to the depot, I looked up at the stars
Cried some train don't come, there'll be some walkin' done
Well my mama, she told me, just before she died
Lord, my precious daughter, don't you be so wild

The Mississippi River, you know it's deep and wide
I can stand right here, see my babe from the other side
What you do to me, baby, it never gets out of me
I may not see you after I cross the deep blue sea