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Origins: I Once Had A Dear Old Mother

ScottishVoice 18 Feb 11 - 06:20 PM
GUEST 21 Apr 11 - 04:00 PM
GUEST,Cleo Tolentino - Philippines 15 Oct 11 - 02:57 AM
GUEST 04 Mar 12 - 02:47 AM
GUEST 04 Mar 12 - 02:53 AM
GUEST 26 Jan 14 - 01:44 PM
GUEST 26 Jan 14 - 03:37 PM
GUEST 15 Jan 17 - 03:26 PM
GUEST,brady 07 Apr 17 - 12:30 AM
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Subject: Origins: I Once Had A Dear Old Mother
From: ScottishVoice
Date: 18 Feb 11 - 06:20 PM

Hoping some 'catters can help here.

My mum used to sing this song to me when I was little and she learnt it fromy her dad. My grandad maintains he heard it from a Geordie just after WWII. He doesn't know any more about it though. I now sing it to my boys (even thought it makes me cry!!) and would love to find out a bit more about it.

Lyrics:

I once had a dear old mother Who thought the world of me And when I was in trouble She sat me on her knee.

One night as I lay sleeping Upon my little bed An angel came from heaven and told me mum was dead.

When I awoke next morning To see if it were true My mum had gone to heaven Above the skies so blue.

So listen all ye children Young, old or small When you lose your mother You lose the best of all.

Any info greatly appreciated.


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Subject: RE: Origins: I Once Had A Dear Old Mother
From: GUEST
Date: 21 Apr 11 - 04:00 PM

I heard it from a girl in school when I was young . I once had a dear old mother who was very kind to me and if I was in trouble she'd sit me upon her knee. One night as I lay sleeping upon my feather bed, an angel came from heaven and told me my mom was dead. And when I woke next morning to see if it were true, my mom had gone to heaven above the skies so blue. So listen all you children and do as you are told cause if you've lost your mother, you've lost your heart of gold.


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Subject: RE: Origins: I Once Had A Dear Old Mother
From: GUEST,Cleo Tolentino - Philippines
Date: 15 Oct 11 - 02:57 AM

I friend sung this just this week but wasn't able to finish the song as she ended crying remembering her children who drove her away from home. She is not living happily with us at the St. Theresa de Journet, Little Sisters Home for the Elderly where we find our place under the sun with the love and care of the Little Sisters.

I one of the lucky mother so much loved by her children.


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Subject: RE: Origins: I Once Had A Dear Old Mother
From: GUEST
Date: 04 Mar 12 - 02:47 AM

Pls go to you tube then search Nora aunor mother song


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Subject: RE: Origins: I Once Had A Dear Old Mother
From: GUEST
Date: 04 Mar 12 - 02:53 AM

You can hear the song from you tube. Search Nora Aunor - Mother Song


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Subject: RE: Origins: I Once Had A Dear Old Mother
From: GUEST
Date: 26 Jan 14 - 01:44 PM

Once I had a mother, who meant the world to me and when I got in trouble she'd nurse me on her knee. That night as I was laying upon my feather bed, an angel came from heaven and said your momma's dead. Next I woke up early, to see if it was true, no momma there she's gone to sky's are blue. Now children obey your mother and do as you are told coz when you lose your mother you lose your heart of gold


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Subject: RE: Origins: I Once Had A Dear Old Mother
From: GUEST
Date: 26 Jan 14 - 03:37 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SP7EpOTOfo8

You can hear the complete song at that Youtube link.


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Subject: RE: Origins: I Once Had A Dear Old Mother
From: GUEST
Date: 15 Jan 17 - 03:26 PM

My mother, who grew up in an orphanage, used to sing this to me. Then, as the result of one of my father's beatings, which she normally survived-despite their extreme, vicious violence-this time her pregnancy compromised things and she died. I was seven, and she had truly been as loving a mother as humanly possible. I cannot hear it, even at age seventy, without crying.

What she had sung went as follows (and fits the meter of the melody better than some reconstructions):

I had a dear old mother,
And dearly she loved me
And when I was in trouble,
She took me on her knee.

One night as I lay sleeping,
Alone upon my bed
An angel came and whispered
And told me she was dead.

Next morning when I woke up
I found the words were true
My mother was in heaven
Above the sky so blue.

So obey your mother children
No matter big or small
For when you lose your mother
You lose the best of all...

(I think there's variations on the second and third lines of the second verse).


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Subject: RE: Origins: I Once Had A Dear Old Mother
From: GUEST,brady
Date: 07 Apr 17 - 12:30 AM

My mother taught me this song from her mother,my grandmother.
I always wanted to find who wrote it or where it came from.
I sing this song on you tube.James brady mother song.
I had a dear old mother sweet as she could be.
Nora aunor recored this beautiful.


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