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Little Bennie

One night as the stars were all 4 shining
Little 1 Bennie knelt down by his 5 bed
He 1 asked the dear Lord to for- 4 give him
For 5 all the bad words he had 1 said

Please papa don't whip little Bennie
Please papa don't whip little Ben
He's little and wants you to love him
Please papa don't whip little Ben

You remember how mama loved Bennie
How she kissed him the morning she died
She told him to love and obey you
And I know little Bennie has tried

Oh what if dear mama in heaven
Should be looking way down from the sky
And see you whip little Bennie
I know it would make mama cry

Those very bad words that he said
He learned from some old wicked man
He's little and didn't know better
Please papa don't whip little Ben

A song from the The ToneWay Mountain Music Collection, which offers lyrics and free Song Clips (recordings for learning the song by ear) for nearly 400 traditional songs, many of which are often heard in bluegrass and old-time jam circles. The ToneWay Project also offers songbooks, CDs, and a free online video series for learning to play music by ear.