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  1. Uncle Charlie

Lyrics

Uncle Charlie (by Joe)

Momma, why’d you let him in?
Can’t you see the shape he’s in?
His breath and clothes, they smell of drink
And what will all the neighbors think?

If we give him shelter now
He’ll just come back with his hobo pals
Take your money, then he’ll run
And spend it all on wine and rum

And she said....

Chorus:
Son, why can’t you understand
That he’s just a damaged man?
He used to bounce me on his knee
Sing Irish lullabies, you see

Every year when it got cold
Charlie would return to the fold
He’d stand outside my momma’s house
And cry, “Margaret, can you help me out?”

Uncle Charlie led a wanderin’ life
Drinking stole his home and wife
Spent his time out on the street
Begging tips from folks he’d meet

And momma said…Chorus

Then one year, Charlie didn’t show
And the winter, it brought an early snow
Late at night, we heard the phone
Then Momma went downtown alone

They found him layin’ in a ditch
The snow and wine had done the trick
And in his pocket was a crumpled note
“Call Margaret” was all he wrote.

And Margaret said…..Chorus

Momma, why’d you let him in?
Can’t you see the shape he’s in?
His breath and clothes, they smell of drink
What will all the neighbors think?