Paxton, Tom - Harper Lyrics




Father, Father build me a cabin fine.
There I'll go at once and lay me down.
Build for me a bed of pine,
For I feel my time is a coming 'round.
Love of mine, love of mine.
Love of mine, love of mine.

No daughter of mine will suffer shame.
I'll build your cabin by the lake.
There I'll wait with you till Harper comes,
And his black and bloody life I'll take.
Love of mine, love of mine.
Love of mine, love of mine.

She lay down upon her bed of pain.
She was groanin' as her time drew nigh.
Father turn your face unto the wall,
For I see a murder in your eyes.
Love of mine, love of mine.
Love of mine, love of mine.

Now Harper he stepped up to the cabin door.
His horse he'd left in the woods nearby.
He stepped into the cabin carelessly,
And he heard a low and a deadly cry.
Love of mine, love of mine.
Love of mine, love of mine.

Oh you bloody awful man.
My daughter's pain is all because of you.
You would not take her for your wedded wife,
And now it's a terrible thing that I must do.
Love of mine, love of mine.
Love of mine, love of mine.

He fired his gun and Harper he fell down.
His blood fell on the dark and Earthen floor.
Lie there, lie there you faithless man,
You'll never break your vows no more.
Love of mine, love of mine.
Love of mine, love of mine.





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Paxton, Tom Harper Comments
  1. Patastrophe

    This is a great song, and great album; thanks for adding this to Youtube and for sharing it. It's a shame that Tom Paxton is such an underestimated artist in other countries than the US. For example, in France, he's almost unknow! Incredible!

  2. Tornfreedom

    AFAIK this is not on the "ramblin' boy" LP, but on another one with a largely blue cover, along with "Wake up Jimmy Newman", "Forest Lawn", "Whose Garden was this", and many other gems. My brother had both LP's back in the 60's. Well at least I'm not losing my memory, yet. I hope to find all these on here.

    zygfryd69

    I think you say about "Tom Paxton 6", but this song is not on this LP, this song is definitely from "Ramblin' Boy".

    Richard Perkins

    Check this out https://www.discogs.com/Tom-Paxton-Ramblin-Boy/release/1731921