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The Night Was Dark and Deep

Paul Kelly
We were driving back from the country one night Mom and Dad up the front The rest of us snug and tight My kid brother grumbled for a little minute My big sister said he better quit it or die It had been a long day in the countryside Playing with the cousins on my mother’s side The sound of the radio closed our eyes Drifting across the sea, then I fell asleep Well I don’t know what woke me up Maybe a country song or a big truck passing by But I could hear Mama and Papa talk Papa said something and Mama began to cry No more words then just soft sobs And my head began to throb I just lay there playing dog Breathing slow and deep They thought I was asleep They thought I was asleep It seemed like forever till the sobbing stopped Then they talked for a little But just too soft to hear Daddy kept looking to the side of her face One hand on the wheel The other one stroking her hair Headlights shining from the other way Showed tears on the cheeks of Daddy’s face I prayed for Jesus to send His grace And all our souls to keep Back then I believed They thought I was asleep The night was dark and deep I wish I was asleep How I wish I was asleep