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Lyr Req: A Boy's Best Friend Is His Mother

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Subject: A Boy's Best Friend
From: GUEST,SH
Date: 04 Oct 00 - 07:30 AM

I am not sure if it is a song or a poem but my Mom once in a while sings a few lines of a "A Boy's Best Friend Is His Mother". Here is what we know of it.

A Boy's best friend is his mother.
Cherish her with care.
And smooth her silver hair.
For when she's gone you'll get no other.

I would like to get the words to this song or poem because my Mom remembers the basic rhythm when she sings that part. I bet is quite a song.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: A Boy's Best Friend
From: Mrrzy
Date: 04 Oct 00 - 11:23 AM

Reminds me (thread creep alert) of the great reference in Tom Lehrer's Oedipus Rex - he sure knew who a boy's best friend is! to which I never recognized the reference. Would love to hear the poem... the real one, that is!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: A Boy's Best Friend
From: mousethief
Date: 04 Oct 00 - 11:49 AM

The only song I ever heard that line in was the silly song about....

Peepin' through the knot-hole in grandpa's wooden leg
Who will wind the clock when I am gone?
Go get an axe, there's a flea in Lilly's ear
And a boy's best friend is his mother.

So I'm sorry, I can't help you.

Alex
O..O
=o=


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: A Boy's Best Friend
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 27 Aug 02 - 06:55 PM

"A Boy's Best Friend Is His Mother" written by Harry Miller and Joseph P. Skelley, is sung by Joe Petersen (female) on the collection "To Mother with Love" ASV/Living Era CD 5351, 2000; and by Bob Scarce on the collection "The Larks They Sang Melodious: Sing-Song in a Suffolk Pub" 1974.

It was also recorded by Vernon Dalhart in 1925; by Bud Thompson in 1925; and by Ford & Glenn in 1927 or 28.

The Petersen recording is available on CDNOW. From a sound sample there, I was able to transcribe this much:

"...whose love is dearer far than any other,
And wherever we may turn,
This lesson we may learn:
A boy's best friend is his mother.
Then cherish..."


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: A Boy's Best Friend
From: Giac
Date: 28 Aug 02 - 01:52 AM

While there are no lyrics on this site, there is a reference to the song being among those taught by memory at a "Dame School" in Suffolk in the 1890s.

The text notes that "The logbooks also hint at the indomitable spirit of Freckenham children in the face of stultifying lessons: the 1890s saw preoccupation with learning songs by heart, amongst them: 'A Boy's Best Friend is his Mother', 'Father's Return' and 'The Seasons' ... "

~:o) Mary


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Subject: Lyr Add: A BOY'S BEST FRIEND IS HIS MOTHER
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 24 Jul 09 - 05:47 AM

The sheet music can be seen at the Levy Collection (which is temporarily shut down) or at JScholarship:


A BOY'S BEST FRIEND IS HIS MOTHER.
Words, Henry Miller. Music, Joseph P. Skelly.
"As sung by Will Raymond of Thatcher, Primrose & West's Minstrels"
New York: T.B. Harms & Co., 1883.

1. While plodding on our way the toilsome road of life,
How few the friends that daily there we meet!
Not many will stand by in trouble and in strife,
With counsel and affection ever sweet!
But there is one whose smile will ever on us beam,
Whose love is dearer far than any other,
And wherever we may turn,
This lesson we will learn:
A boy's best friend is his mother.

CHORUS. Then cherish her with care,
And smooth her silv'ry hair.
When gone, you will never get another;
And wherever we may turn,
This lesson we shall learn:
A boy's best friend is his mother.

2. Tho' all the world may frown, and ev'ry friend depart,
She never will forsake us in our need!
Our refuge evermore is still within her heart.
For us her loving sympathy will plead!
Her pure and gentle smile, forever cheers our way.
'Tis sweeter and 'tis purer than all other!
When she goes from earth away,
We'll find out while we stray,
A boy's best friend is his mother.

3. Her fond and gentle face not long may greet us here;
Then cheer her with our kindness and our love!
Remember at her knee in childhood bright and dear,
We heard her voice like angel's from above!
Tho' after years may bring their gladness or their woe,
Her love is sweeter far than any other!
And our longing heart will learn,
Wherever we may turn,
A boy's best friend is his mother.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: A Boy's Best Friend Is His Mother
From: GUEST,Myron Rosenberg
Date: 12 May 13 - 02:37 PM

There seems to be a dispute that I cannot resolve. If you Google Joseph Howard, you will find in Wikipedia the story of his life. It states he wrote this song, presumably with his wife Ida Emerson, and at a much later date than the 1880's.

Myron Rosenberg
myron@rosenbergartphotos.com
(907) 745-1961


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: A Boy's Best Friend Is His Mother
From: Mick Pearce (MCP)
Date: 12 May 13 - 03:47 PM

It seems unlikely Myron. The score Jim linked above at Levy is a labelled revised edition and is dated 1884. The British Library has 3 scores, dated 1885, 1889 and 1890. All gives the credits as above (except the score at Levy gives the name as Harry Miller, elsewhere H.Miller or Henry Miller as above).

Joseph Howard was born in 1878 according to the wikipedia article, and seem unlikely to have written a song published in the 1880s! At a quick look, all the references look like they might be copies of the wikipedia article, which I presume is in error. (Or else he wrote a same-named song later; though a search for him and the song-name together only produces these articles as far as I can see).

Mick


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: A Boy's Best Friend Is His Mother
From: Acme
Date: 13 May 13 - 12:46 PM

I'm afraid I had the same instinct as mousethief. The song that we called "The Horses Run Around" has the line "and a boys best friend is his mother." As a nonsense song it may have been pulling from the original source that is featured in this thread, though I think the adage has been around for a very long time.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: A Boy's Best Friend Is His Mother
From: clueless don
Date: 14 May 13 - 08:35 AM

Of course, this song reminds me of the Irish song "A Mother's Love is a Blessing".

Don


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: A Boy's Best Friend Is His Mother
From: GUEST,Garry
Date: 20 Oct 17 - 09:21 PM

You might be interested to know that Anne Reid sings this song as one of the 'interludes' in the current production of 'A Woman of No Importance' at the Vaudeville Theatre in London.


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