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Little Log Cabin in the Lane [core]

Oh, I'm getting old and feeble and I 4 cannot work no 1 more
My rusty bladed hoe I've laid to 5 rest
And my 1 mama and my papa they are 4 sleeping side by 1 side
While their spirits now are 5 roaming with the 1 blessed

Oh, the 4 chimney's falling down, and the 1 roof is tumbling in
Letting in the sunshine and the 5 rain
And the 1 only friend I've got now is that 4 good old dog of 1 mine
And that little old log 5 cabin in the 1 lane

There was a happy time to me, 'twas many years ago
My friends all used to gather 'round the door
When they used to sing and dance at night, I played that old banjo
But alas I cannot play it any more

Well the footpath now is covered o'er, that led us 'round the hill
The fences have all gone to decay
The creeks they have dried up where we used to go to mill
And things have changed their course another way

Well I ain't got long to stay here, and what little time I've got
I'll try to rest content while I remain
Till death shall call this dog and me to find a better home
Than the little old log cabin in the lane

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Available in these books:

Get Started Plus: Core Songs Edition
100 songs and our acclaimed play-by-ear learning method.
Big Print Songs
Over 200 songs.
Family Tradition
The reference manual, with lyrics to 330 songs.
The first two books feature large-print lyrics (20-point type) and include chords, historical info, jamming hints, and more.

...and on these CDs:

Five CDs, 100 songs. Recordings from the Abbott family and their friends.
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The MP3 collection has all 100 songs on one CD for a discount. See details.

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.