The Prisoner's Song
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September 19, 2007
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1:32 minutes
Guy Massey © 1924
Story behind the song
The Prisoner's Song (If I Had the Wings of an Angel) "The Prisoner's Song" is a song written in 1924, copyrighted by Guy Massey but possibly written by his brother Robert. The lyrics are in part derived from parts of old prison work songs. The song was recorded by Vernon Dalhart on Victor Records in October 1924 and marketed in the hillbilly music genre. It became one of the best-selling records of the early twentieth century, with at least two million copies sold (sales figures are uncertain; some place the sales at 7 million or more), as well as over a million copies of the sheet music to the tune. It was later performed by, among others, Hank Snow and Bill Monroe.
Oh, I wish I had someone to love me Yes, someone to call me their own Oh, I wish I had someone to live with 'Cause I'm tired of living alone. Oh, please meet me tonight in the moonlight Oh, please meet me tonight all alone For I have a sad story to tell you It's a story that's never been told. I'll be carried to the new jail tomorrow Leaving my poor darling alone With the cold prison bars all around me And my head on a pillow of stone. Now, I have a grand ship on the ocean All mounted with silver and gold And before my poor darling would suffer Oh, that ship would be anchored and sold. Now if I had the wings like an angel Over these prison walls I would fly And I'd fly to the arms of my darling And there I'd be willing to die...