John Duffey

1. What will the birds do mother in the spring
When they come together the crumbs around my door
Will they fly from the trees and tap upon the window
And why Joe wanders out no more

2. What will the kitten do mother all alone
Will he stop from his frolic for a day
Will he lay on the rug by the side of my bed
And he did before I went away

3. What wil Thomas the old gardener say
When you ask him for flowers for me
Will he give you the rose he has tendered with care
The first fairest bloom from the tree

4. "Keep Tag, Mother, my poor little dog.
I know he will mourn for me too.
Keep him 'til old and useless (unless) he grows.
Sleepin' the whole summer through.

5. Show him the coat, Mother,that I used to wear.
Of his master, who then will be dead.
Speak to him often and kindly of Joe.
And pat him on his brown shaggy head."

6. And you dearest mother will miss me for a while
But in heaven I'll no larger grow
Can any kind angel will know at the gate
When you ask for your darlin' little Joe

When you ask for your darlin' little Joe