Don't deny him a better way of life, when he can grow up with pride. Folks will laugh and talk behind his back if you bring home a bastard child.
You can't take him, he's my baby. You can't take my baby boy. Daddy, don't you let him, momma, don't let him. You can't take my baby boy.
Don't be foolish, why would you want to do this? Don't you want what's best for him?
I know people wealthy and agreeable who would like to take him in.
You can't take him, NO don't take him. You can't take my baby boy.
Alice and Mamma Murphy:
Daddy, don't you let him,
Momma, don't let him. You can't take my baby boy.
Don't be selfish, let 'em go and help him leave behind a world of shame. If he's ridiculed and they may bother him at school you'll only have yourself to blame.
Please don't take him!
He's our Grandson
No, don't take him
He's our only one
You can't take my baby boy.
I'm doing you a favor, you can thank me later for making your life easier.
[Thanks to glevine675 for adding these lyrics]