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The Little Apron Bed

"The Little Apron Bed" is based on a true pioneer experience from the late 1800s. The song tells a touching story of love and sacrifice made by a young girl for her family.
Vocal Range: a - g1
Key Of: D
Sheet Music Price $2.00

Lyrics
The Little Apron Bed
They planned to move far to the West,
A promised land to find.
There was so little precious room,
Her doll must stay behind.
"I love my baby, Mama!"
The little girl cried.
"I just can't leave my dolly here.
I need her by my side."
She wrapped her apron 'round the doll
To cradle Dolly's head.
She vowed to carry it all the way
In the little apron bed.

She sang, "Don't cry, my little dolly, please don't cry.
We're sure to reach the Valley by and by,
And together we will see this journey through,
For my precious little dolly, I love you."

Far away out on the plains
One night so dark and chill,
A healthy baby boy was born;
The mother, weak and ill.
"I'll tend the baby, Mama,"
The little girl cried.
"I'll leave my little dolly here
And keep him by my side."
She wrapped her apron 'round the babe
To cradle Baby's head.
She vowed to carry him all the way
In the little apron bed.

She sang, "Don't cry, my little baby, please don't cry.
We're sure to reach the Valley by and by,
And together we will see this journey through,
For my precious little brother, I love you."

She laid her dolly carefully
Beside the winding trail,
Then picked her newborn brother up,
So tiny and so frail.
Through wind and stormy weather
She kept him in her arms.
Though she grew tired, she'd still protect
Her brother from all harm.
And then one day she heard the cry,
"The Valley's just ahead!"
She'd carried her brother all the way
In the little apron bed.

She sang, "Don't cry, my little baby, please don't cry.
We've surely reached the Valley, you and I,
And together we have seen this journey through.
Oh, my precious little brother, I love you."

Copyright © 1990 by Norma Boyd
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