I've read that Vernon Dalhart recorded the The Prisoner's Song as many as 18 times and that it was released on 53 labels. According to the Online Discographical Project this recording is from somewhere around March 7, 1925. http://www.78discography.com/Cameo500...
CAPO: 1st FRET/KEY: Eb/PLAY: D
[D] Oh, I wish I had someone to [G] love me
Some-[A7] one to call me their [D] own
Oh, I wish I had someone to [G] live with
'Cause I'm [A7] tired of livin' a-[D] lone.
Oh, please meet me tonight in the moonlight
Please meet me tonight all alone
For I have a sad story to tell you
It's a story that's never been told.
I'll be carried to the new jail tomorrow
Leavin' my poor darlin' alone
With the cold prison bars all around me
And my head on a pillow of stone.
Now I have a grand ship on the ocean
All mounted with silver and gold
And before my poor darlin' would suffer
Oh, that ship would be anchored and sold.
Now if I had wings like an angel
Over these prison walls I would fly
And I'd fly to the arms of my poor darlin'
And there I'd be willin' to die.
THE SMITHSONIAN COLLECTION