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Thread #149338   Message #3475488
Posted By: open mike
03-Feb-13 - 11:50 PM
Thread Name: How do we remember the words?
Subject: RE: How do we remember the words?
When i need to remember the 3 verses to the Carter Family song
Give Me The Roses While I Live
I just think of "WhiFfen Poof" (it works for me)

as verse one begins with "W" in Wonderful,
verse 2 starts with "F" for Folks and
the last verse starts with "P" for Praises

1.Wonderful things of folks are said, when they have passed away.
                              
Flowers adorn the narrow bed, and over the sleeping lay.

CHORUS:
                  
Give me the roses while I live, trying to cheer me on,
         
Useless the flowers that you give, after the soul is gone.

                           
2. Folks are forgiven when folks lie, cold in the narrow bed.
                           
Let us forgive them ere they die, now should the words be said.

CHORUS

                              
3. Praises are heard not by the dead, roses they cannot see.
                              
Let us not wait till souls have fled, tenderest friends to be.

CHORUS, REPEAT CHORUS