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Lyr Req: I Can See Everybody's Mother (C Fountain)

Yoda2U 16 Jun 09 - 02:08 PM
Jim Dixon 19 Jun 09 - 03:49 PM
Peace 20 Jun 09 - 03:45 PM
GUEST 21 Jun 09 - 03:31 AM
GUEST,MARILYN 10 May 10 - 11:53 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: I Can See Everybody's Mother
From: Yoda2U
Date: 16 Jun 09 - 02:08 PM

Hello!

I am stuck again. It's been 2 hours, a missed mid-morning breakfast ("just one more site and I'll eat"), umpteen websites, and I have not been able to track down the lyrics to "I Can See Everybody's Mother (but My Own)." It's not in Mudcat, either.

OOOOh, the frustration of all those ads & false leads!!!! [big frowny face] ;o)

Anyway--it was the song that put the Blind Boys of Alabama on the map. I believe it is from 1947. (Hard to believe that their first hit's lyrics are so hard/impossible to find!)

Here's what I've been able to hear so far:

I can see everybody's mother
Lord, I can't see mine
I can see everybody's mother
Lord, I can't see mine
Whoa yeah
Yea yea

See ol death
Has come along
Takin my darling mother
Takin my mother on home

Chorus
I wonder, can I get a witness

I remember kneelin'
down by my mother's side
I was nothin but a little boy
when my mother died
but I got to thinking
That I was losin
I was losin my only friend
Whoa have mercy


Almost
Almost broke my heart
To see my darlin mother
My mother at the __________

Chorus

Where you see the blank is the only word I can't figure out. (That's right--I've been trying to track down just ONE word!)

So, if anyone has the magic word, I'd be most obliged. In fact, I'll bet a whole lot of people would be happy to be able to know these lyrics. (How do lyrics get posted in DigiTrad?)


(Max was right about losing free time once you get hooked on lyric searching!)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I Can See Everybody's Mother
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 19 Jun 09 - 03:49 PM

According to this pdf file from a Dutch web site, the line is "My mother had to part" – but I wouldn't put too much faith in it; the site has a couple of other transcription errors (mondegreens).


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I Can See Everybody's Mother
From: Peace
Date: 20 Jun 09 - 03:45 PM

I think the title is "I Can See Everybody's Mother But Mine."

Jim, that scans, anyway.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I Can See Everybody's Mother
From: GUEST
Date: 21 Jun 09 - 03:31 AM

Sorry, Jim. I meant that the line you provided scans. BM


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I Can See Everybody's Mother (C Fountain)
From: GUEST,MARILYN
Date: 10 May 10 - 11:53 PM

MY MOTHER AT THE THRONE


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I Can See Everybody's Mother (C Fountain)
From: GUEST
Date: 10 Mar 11 - 10:07 AM

Great job with the lyrics fella, hard to come by for such an awesome tune. Although I think "See ol Death" is "Since" ol Death...has come along. Sounds like that to me at least.

"My mother had to part" sounds about right.


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