Prodigal Son

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Prodigal Son-Dock Boggs
Banjo, in D, tuned f#CGAD, Mike Seeger, guitar in D position, standard tuning

When I left my Father's house, I was well-supplied
I made a mistake and I did wrong, and I'm dissatisfied
REFRAIN: I believe I'll go back home, I believe I'll go back home
I believe I'll go back home, acknowledge I've done wrong

I go back to my Father's house, I'll fall down on my face
Say that I'm unworthy, I seek a servant place
REFRAIN: I believe I'll go back home, I believe I'll go back home
I believe I'll go back home, acknowledge I've done wrong

I go back to my Father's house, the place I love so dear
For there, they have plenty to eat, and I'm a-starving here
REFRAIN: I believe I'll go back home, I believe I'll go back home
I believe I'll go back home, acknowledge I've done wrong

Father seen him coming, he met him with a smile
Threw his arms around him, says, "This is my wandering child."

Father said to his servant, "Go kill the fatted calf.
Invite both friends and relatives, my son's come home at last."
REFRAIN: I believe I'll go back home, I believe I'll go back home
I believe I'll go back home, acknowledge I've done wrong

Banquets in procession, all sorrow had passed
Father's heart was filled with joy, his son come home at last

The elder son was jealous, I b'lieve I heard him say,
"Gave my brother his portion, I never went away."
REFRAIN: I believe I'll go back home, I believe I'll go back home
I believe I'll go back home, acknowledge I've done wrong

Father said to his elder son, "You've been both good and kind.
Not a calf I've given thee, but I all I have is thine."
REFRAIN: I believe I'll go back home, I believe I'll go back home
I believe I'll go back home, acknowledge I've done wrong

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