Sitting on the front porch of an evening
Everybody's gone now, except for me
Ma and Pa died; the youngins moved away
Fond memories just won't let me be

Though my body is old now and feeble
Wraiths of the past years still bind
My failing eyesight sees them clearly
Like a movie screen flashing in my mind

Here lately, I've fallen on hard times
And the cabin's in terrible disrepair
Every nook and cranny holds a memory
As I let my old heart wander there

Ma and all us girls cooking supper
Pa and the boys getting in wood
Took the whole passel to make a living
Times sure were hard then, but good

Pa and the neighbors built this cabin
Cold in Winter; hot in the Summertime
With a lot of sweating and loving
All us youngins turned out just fine

Living up this holler is so peaceful
There's no other place I'd rather be
Got most everything an old woman needs
And I reckon that's good enough for me

Kathleen McCoy Eldridgeİ
March 6, 2009
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Photosİ John/Heavens Gates

Music: "How Time Slips Away"

Sequenced By: Dick Anderson
Used With Permission

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