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The snow was fallin’ swiftly and it mounted on the streetLittle footprints in the snow made by our children’s feetAs I walked them to the good will store to get some clothes to wearAs we turned around the corner I saw you standing thereI tried to turn the children and walk the other wayI prayed they hadn’t seen you then I heard the baby sayMommie, ain’t that daddy holding out his handBegging for money from that other man? They asked me ain’t that daddy? And yes I had to sayAnd I wondered if I’d failed youAnd made you turn this wayNo, you didn’t fail me, my weakness was just too strongBecause you see, I thought more of the bottle than our family and our homeNo, you didn’t fail me sweetheart, you loved me all you couldYou had my babies and you loved me like no other woman ever wouldYou know I guess I’d be better off deadThan in the awful ship I’m inBut death just don’t seem to have a place for those that stay drunk on whiskey, wine and ginYou see I die a constant death over and over every dayIf I could change, you know I’d do it for you, the babies and our homeBut you might as well forget me for I’m just too forward goneBut I wish you would do me one last favor and do it just for meWhen they ask you, momma ain’t that daddy? Just say it used to be

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