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I peeked in to say good-night
When I heard my child in prayer
"And for me, some scarlet ribbons
Scarlet ribbons for my hair"

All our stores were closed and shuttered
All the streets were dark and bare
In our town, no scarlet ribbons
Scarlet ribbons for her hair

Through the night my heart was aching
Just before the dawn was breaking
In our town, no scarlet ribbons
Scarlet ribbons for her hair

I peeked in and on her bed
In gay profusion lying there
Lovely ribbons, scarlet ribbons
Scarlet ribbons for her hair

If I live to be a hundred
I will never know from where
Came those lovely scarlet ribbons
Scarlet ribbons for her hair



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    UnregisteredJul 18, 2012 at 8:30 am
    I sang it to my children at bed time, as a lullaby. My daughter would bring her friends over and ask me to sing it! I do not have a good singing voive but those 8 year olds would sit mesmerized! Now my daughter has asked for the words, to sing scarlet ribbons to her newborn daughter.
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    UnregisteredApr 2, 2012 at 7:55 pm
    If i remember correctly, the little girl was very sick and possibly dying. That was why it was so important to get the ribbons for her. I think this was in a movie, but i don't know which one.

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