I found him by the railroad track this mornin',
I could see that he was nearly dead.
I knelt down beside him and I listened
Just to hear the words the dyin' fellow said.
He said, "They let me out of prison out in 'Frisco,
For ten long years I paid for what I'd done.
I was tryin' to get back to Louisiana
To see my Rose and get to know my son.CHORUS:
Give my love to rose, please, won't you, Mister?
Take her all my money, tell her buy some pretty clothes.
Tell my boy that daddy's so proud of him,
And don't forget to give my love to Rose.
Won'tcha tell them I said thanks for waiting for me.
Tell my boy to help his mom at home.
Tell my Rose to try to find another.
'Cause it ain't right that she should live alone.
Mister, here's the bag with all my money,
It won't last them long the way it goes.
God bless you for findin' me this mornin'.
Now don't forget to give my love to Rose.