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'Mother Songs' of the tear-jerker variety

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Subject: RE: 'Mother Songs' of the tear-jerker variety
From: GUEST,keberoxu
Date: 01 Apr 19 - 03:46 PM

You left out the Al Jolson ad-lib at the end:


Mammy!
Mammy! don't you KNOW me?
It's your own little BAAAAA - by!



And yes,
I think the Baggage Coach Ahead qualifies.


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Subject: RE: 'Mother Songs' of the tear-jerker variety
From: Shenkin
Date: 01 Apr 19 - 03:37 PM

Well, hell, I'm only 22-1/2 years late to this party.

Tim Jaques wrote:
"This is similar to a song I once heard on a Grand Ole Opry repeat on PBS, where the singer complained that the reason he was so short was because his family would never let him eat the last potato."

That would be "Take An Old Cold 'Tater And Wait", by Little Jimmy Dickens, a #7 country hit for him in 1949.

-P.


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Subject: RE: 'Mother Songs' of the tear-jerker variety
From: topical tom
Date: 28 Dec 18 - 04:57 PM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ltTCjwLLes

Put My Little Shors Away


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Subject: RE: 'Mother Songs' of the tear-jerker variety
From: Mrrzy
Date: 27 Dec 18 - 01:43 PM

I love this place. The Witch's Boy had no dog in it, so thanks.


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Subject: RE: 'Mother Songs' of the tear-jerker variety
From: mayomick
Date: 27 Dec 18 - 05:36 AM

An Old Log Cabin for Sale
A welcome I read on the floormat an old braided rug by the door
The hands of an angel had made it with many a prayer prayed before
In an old rocking chair on she waited for one glimpse of him how she yearned
But now he was standing in silence too late yes too late he'd returned
And the sign read An Old Log Cabin for Sale…….


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Subject: RE: 'Mother Songs' of the tear-jerker variety
From: Acorn4
Date: 26 Dec 18 - 05:59 AM

Sammy Kershaw - Stitches


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Subject: RE: 'Mother Songs' of the tear-jerker variety
From: GUEST,Guest who posted as Easy Seeker
Date: 25 Dec 18 - 10:42 AM

I made a misprint when I posted the song of the man who met with an accident upon a railroad train.
I said they tried to give him chloroform, He would take the stuff.
It was meant to be, He wouldn't take the stuff.


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Subject: Lyr Add: MOTHER'S CHAIR (from Isla Grant)
From: GUEST,Isla Grant - Mother's Chair
Date: 16 Jul 15 - 02:22 PM

There's an old arm chair,
and it means the world to me,
for I used to sit there,
upon my mother's knee.
And she'd read to me the stories,
that children love to hear.
Now there's no one to sit in mother's chair.

I still recall the many times,
the words she'd say to me,
fight for all your dreams,
turn them to reality.
And as I sat by her in wonder,
her eyes held so much pride,
I knew against all others,
I had mother on my side.

Mother's chair is old and dusty,
and the colour's fading fast.
But to me it holds the memory,
of happy days long past.
Like the way she'd smile and hold my hand,
brush away my tears,
now there's no one to sit in mother's chair.

Now the old chair is still standing,
where she left it on that day,
when God came to visit,
and carried her away.
And every time I see it,
it looks so cold and bare,
now there's no one to sit in mother's chair.

Mother's chair is old and dusty,
and the colour's fading fast.
But to me it holds the memory,
of happy days long past.
Like the way she'd smile and hold my hand,
brush away my tears,
now there's no one to sit in mother's chair.

There's an old arm chair,
and it means the world to me,
for I used to sit there,
upon my mother's knee.
And she'd read to me the stories,
that children love to hear.
Now there's no one to sit in mother's chair.
No there's no one to sit in mother's chair.


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Subject: RE: 'Mother Songs' of the tear-jerker variety
From: PHJim
Date: 16 Jul 15 - 08:10 AM

I'm sure someone's thought of this one, but just in case:Ray Wylie Hubbard


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Subject: Lyr Add: ...TRADE SILVER IN MY MOTHER'S HAIR
From: PHJim
Date: 16 Jul 15 - 08:03 AM

I'll admit that I haven't read every post, but just in case this one's bee missed, here's a song I learned from Mose CScarlett's first album, "Stallin' For Time".

I Wouldn't Trade The Silver In My Mother's Hair

Fred J. Coots - Jack Little

I wouldn't trade the silver in my mother's hair
For all the gold in the world
The hands that rocked my cradle
Through all my baby days
Are treasures from the sky
That money cannot buy

God gave us mothers
And tried to be fair
When he gave me mine
I got more than my share
I wouldn't trade the silver in my mother's hair
For all the gold in the world.

God gave us mothers
And tried to be fair
When he gave me mine
I got more than my share
I wouldn't trade the silver in my mother's hair
For all the gold in the world.


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Subject: RE: 'Mother Songs' of the tear-jerker variety
From: Joe_F
Date: 15 Jul 15 - 03:33 PM

Mrr: It's real. I mentioned it a ways upthread, but didn't think to look it up. It's called Jean Richepin's Song.


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Subject: RE: 'Mother Songs' of the tear-jerker variety
From: GUEST,Mrr
Date: 15 Jul 15 - 12:40 PM

Also, would The Baggage Coach Ahead count? I always cry at that one...


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Subject: RE: 'Mother Songs' of the tear-jerker variety
From: GUEST,Mrr
Date: 15 Jul 15 - 12:38 PM

There is a lovely song I heard about in a wonderful book called The Witch's Boy (Gruber), sung by a gypsy child in a tavern, that I wish were a real song but don't know if it is.

In it, a young man falls in love with a cruel mistress (I am tryng to quote) who asks him, as a token of his love, to kill his mother, cut out her heart, and bring it to her to eat. This the young man does, but as he is running back to his love with the bleeding heart in his hands, he trips and drops it. When it falls to the ground it cries out in his mother's voice, oh, my dear child, have you hurt yourself? This was the chorus of the song and the little girl sang it most plaintively, goes the story.

I love the song, though! Is it real? Anybody know it?


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Subject: RE: 'Mother Songs' of the tear-jerker variety
From: GUEST,Gealt
Date: 15 Jul 15 - 11:15 AM

Shall I Ne'er See You More Gentle Mother?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ej-hFjR06mY

Very popular in the ballrooms of romance.


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Subject: RE: 'Mother Songs' of the tear-jerker variety
From: GUEST,OldNicKilby
Date: 15 Jul 15 - 09:55 AM

Thank you Henry, it is very rare that I am so touched by a song. Goodness knows where we got the tape from or what made me listen to it last week. A wonderful song on a par with " Sun is Burning "


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Subject: RE: 'Mother Songs' of the tear-jerker variety
From: henryclem
Date: 14 Jul 15 - 08:30 PM

I'm Henry Clements and I'm still singing around the local folk clubs in Bristol, Gloucs and Wilts, and sometimes further afield. Needle and Thread is a song I still find intensely emotional to sing and I am gratified to hear that the impact is more than personal just to me. I know a few people sing it but the only other recorded version I know of is Tom Bliss's superb rendition on "Mixed Moss".


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Subject: RE: 'Mother Songs' of the tear-jerker variety
From: JeffB
Date: 14 Jul 15 - 03:41 PM

Sorry, got a wonky mouse. I C&P'd this and had to do manual line-breaks, but damned mouse had a short-circuit and sent off prematurely. Could a kind Mud Elf do the line-breaks for me please?


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Subject: Lyr Add: A BOY'S BEST FRIEND IS HIS MOTHER
From: JeffB
Date: 14 Jul 15 - 03:38 PM

This is a favourite of mine :-

A BOY'S BEST FRIEND IS HIS MOTHER
Words by Harry Miller, music by J. P. Skelly, ©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. Though 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 angels from above.
Though 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: 'Mother Songs' of the tear-jerker variety
From: GUEST,Alan Ross
Date: 13 Jul 15 - 04:42 PM

My late father Stewart Ross wrote the lyrics to a lovely mother song.

My Mother - words by Stewart Ross (C) 1975
Many years ago I left my home to seek my fame and fortune,
and I left my dear old mother in her home.
Now the years have rolled along, and I am far across the ocean,
but the time has come for me to cease to roam.

Chorus:

May the light of love shine out across the dark and stormy ocean.
May the bonds of friendship reach across the sea.
To the cottage where that dear old lady sits, and waits, and wonders.
Yes, my dear old mother's waiting there for me.

Yes, in mem'ry I can see her standing by the open doorway,
looking seaward from the cottage on the brae.
mid the heather and bracken there she stands and waits so lonely.
And she's thinking of her boy who's far away.

Chorus:

May the light of love....


One day soon I will return to find that dear old lady waiting,
for her wand'ring boy to come back home again.
And I'll reach out with my loving arms and greet her with emotion. And I'll settle down and never roam again.


Chorus:

May the light of love...

Yes, my dear old mother's waiting there for me


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Subject: RE: 'Mother Songs' of the tear-jerker variety
From: GUEST,OldNicKilby
Date: 13 Jul 15 - 07:09 AM

I should have added Henry Clements "Needle and Thread"


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Subject: RE: 'Mother Songs' of the tear-jerker variety
From: GUEST,OldNicKilby
Date: 13 Jul 15 - 07:07 AM

Trawling through some old tapes we stumbled on this. Who was or is Henry Clements ? What a cracking song , managed to learn it over the weekend found it difficult not to cry


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Subject: Lyr Add: MOTHER'S OLD FADED SUNBONNET
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 31 Jul 13 - 07:11 PM

Topical Tom mentioned "The Faded Old Sunbonnet" which I take to be this song:


MOTHER'S OLD FADED SUNBONNET
As sung by J. P. Mayton

There's a faded old sunbonnet on a peg behind the door.
It's the one my sainted mother used to wear,
But one day she hung it up and never took it down no more,
And since that day we've left it hanging there.

Dear God, take care of mother wherever she may be (up there).
Grant her rest and some comfort over there (and keep her).
Such a sweet and smiling angel she always seemed to be
In that old sunbonnet that she used to wear.

It seems that I can feel her tourin'(?) around that old home place.
That's when times were really tight and we were in despair,
And she'd take that old sunbonnet and put it low upon her face
Just to hide from us all the sorrow written there.

Oh, God, take care of mother....


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Subject: Lyr Add: WHAT A FRIEND WE HAVE IN MOTHER
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 31 Jul 13 - 06:50 PM

Guest Desi C mentioned this song in 2011, although he thought of Irish pop singer Ann Breen's version. This song is truly sappy. Somehow it sounds worse to my ears when Ann Breen sings it, although she has a good voice.


WHAT A FRIEND WE HAVE IN MOTHER
As sung by Wilf Carter a.k.a. Montana Slim
Tune: "What a Friend We Have in Jesus"

What a friend we have in mother,
Who will all our secrets share.
We should never keep things from her.
Tell her all and she'll be there.
Oh, what tender love she gives us,
When in sorrow or despair.
Tell her gently; whisper softly.
She will listen; she'll be there.

Day by day as she grows older,
She's the nation's guiding star.
Don't forget the prayers she taught you.
You may need them by and by.*
Though her hair has turned to silver,
Send her flowers sweet and fair.
Drop a card or send a letter.
She'll be waiting; she'll be there.

When her eyes are closed in slumber,
Gently kiss her icy brow.
Fold her hands upon her bosom.
She will rest in Heaven now.
When your days are dark and dreary,
And your cross is hard to bear,
Do not let your mem'ry fail you.
Think of her and she'll be there.

[Repeat last 4 lines.]


[* Ann Breen changes this line to "You will need them where you are," thus fixing the faulty rhyme.]


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Subject: Lyr Add: PAINT A ROSE ON THE GARDEN WALL
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 31 Jul 13 - 11:26 AM

Merrymax mentioned this back in 2009:


PAINT A ROSE ON THE GARDEN WALL
As sung by Slim Whitman

"I might live a little longer, dear," a sick mother said to her son.
"I will leave you when the roses disappear. They're fading one by one."
Then the boy knelt down to pray
And his prayer started in this way:

Please paint a rose on the garden wall so Mom will think summer's still here.
The doctor said she would be taken from me when the roses disappear.
She'll think the painted flower is real; it will give her new courage somehow,
So please paint a rose on the garden wall so Mama won't leave me now.

[Spoken] You know they say that a boy's best friend is his mother,
And I for one know that it's true.
They'll stay by your side when there's no other,
And guard you when you're alone and blue.
So is it asking too much, dear God,
To spare me these heartaches, these tears?
Won't you please paint a rose on the garden wall,
So my mom will think summer's still here?

[Sung] She'll think the painted flower is real; it will give her new courage somehow,
So please paint a rose on the garden wall so mama won't leave me now.


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Subject: Lyr Add: MOTHER IS GONE (from Hank Williams)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 31 Jul 13 - 10:10 AM

Banjoman mentioned this song above in 2008 and again in 2012, but it hasn't been posted at Mudcat before.


MOTHER IS GONE
As sung by Hank Williams

In a little pine grove by the old home,
There's someone who's resting alone,
And there on the tomb these words I read.
The words were: "Mother is gone."

Mother is gone to her home
Way up in heaven above,
And my heart's so sad for the words I read there.
The words were: "Mother is gone."

As I stood alone with mem'ries of home,
The place I left long, long ago,
I returned home but I waited too long,
For the words read: "Mother is gone."

My friends did say before she went away
She called my name o'er and o'er,
So trusting in God's love, I'll meet her above,
Over on that other shore.

Mother is gone to her home
Way up in heaven above,
And my heart's so sad for the words I read there.
The words were: "Mother is gone."


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Subject: Lyr Add: SHE MAY HAVE SEEN BETTER DAYS (Thornton)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 30 Jul 13 - 10:03 AM

This song was quoted in the text posted by Cameron back in 1998:

From the sheet music at the the Levy collection:


SHE MAY HAVE SEEN BETTER DAYS
Words and music by James Thornton, ©1894.

1. While strolling along with the city's vast throng
On a night that was bitterly cold,
I noticed a crowd who were laughing aloud
At something they chanced to behold.
I stopped for to see what the object could be,
And there on a doorstep lay
A woman in tears from the crowd's angry jeers,
And then I heard somebody say:

CHORUS: She may have seen better days
When she was in her prime.
She may have seen better days,
Once upon a time.
Though by the wayside she fell,
She may yet mend her ways.
Some poor old mother is waiting for her
Who has seen better days.

2. If we could but tell why the poor creature fell,
Perhaps we'd be not so severe.
If the truth were but known of this outcast alone,
Mayhap we would ail shed a tear.
She was once someone's joy, cast aside like a toy,
Abandoned, forsaken, unknown.
Ev'ry man standing by had a tear in his eye,
For some had a daughter at home.

3. The crowd went away, but I longer did stay,
For from her I was loath to depart.
I knew by her moan as she sat there alone
That something was breaking her heart.
She told me her life; she was once a good wife,
Respected and honored by all.
Her husband had fled ere they were long wed,
And tears down her cheeks sadly fall.


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Subject: RE: 'Mother Songs' of the tear-jerker variety
From: Sandy Mc Lean
Date: 29 Jul 13 - 10:16 PM

This is one that I wrote:

Autumn Leaves

Autumn leaves are falling outside our window
A cold wind scatters them across our lawn
Tears roll down my cheeks as I think of you
Although it's twenty years now since you've gone
I remember how our daughter asked about you
As she wondered why her mommy doesn't come
As I cried I told her that you'd gone to Heaven
But my words were only lost on one so young

I became both her father and her mother
And love for her gave me strenth to go on
And in her smiling eyes I'd see your picture
For she grew up looking so much like her mom
She was married just a year ago last summer
And now she has a daughter of her own
I'm so proud that she has named the baby for you
For her little smile can melt a heart of stone

Those autumn leaves fell on the day you left me
But in springtime all the trees once more turned green
I'm so thankful for the gifts that you have given
But I wish you had been here to share my dream
Last week I paid a visit to my doctor
And he told me that my test results were poor
I know somewhere above you're waiting for me
And I'll kiss you soon again at Heaven's door


©   Jan.26, 2009
      Alexander McLean


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Subject: Lyr Add: MY MAMMY (Young/Lewis/Donaldson)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 29 Jul 13 - 07:32 PM

This is the Al Jolson song mentioned by Genie back in 2002. From the sheet music at Mississippi State University:


MY MAMMY
Words by Joe Young and Sam Lewis; music by Walter Donaldson; ©1921.

1. Ev'rything seems lovely
When you start to roam.
The birds are singing the day that you stray,
But wait until you are further away.
Things won't be so lovely
When you're all alone.
Here's what you'll keep saying
When you're far from home.

CHORUS: Mammy, mammy,
The sun shines east; the sun shines west;
But I've just learned where the sun shines best.
Mammy, mammy,
My heart strings are tangled around Alabammy.
I'se a-comin'; sorry that I made you wait.
I'se a-comin'; hope and pray I'm not too late.
Mammy, mammy,
I'd walk a million miles for one of your smiles, my mammy.

2. We all start our travels
Searching for a friend.
If you went searching down deep in your mind,
You know you just left the best pal behind.
After all our travels,
Where do we all wend?
Back home to our first love
At the journey's end.


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Subject: Lyr Add: MANSION OF ACHING HEARTS (Lamb/von Tilzer
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 29 Jul 13 - 08:15 AM

This song was quoted in the text posted by Cameron back in 1998:

From the sheet music at The University of Illinois at Chicago:


THE MANSION OF ACHING HEARTS
Words by Arthur J Lamb; music by Harry Von Tilzer; ©1902.

1. The last dance was over; the music had ceased;
And the dancers were leaving the hall.
A few men were saying their last goodbyes
To the beautiful belle of the ball.
Alone by the window a youth sadly stands.
His heart she had stolen away,
And just as he gazed on her beautiful face,
He was startled to hear someone say:

CHORUS: She lives in a mansion of aching hearts.
She's one of a restless throng.
The diamonds that glitter around her throat,
They speak both of sorrow and song.
The smile on her face is only a mask,
And many the tear that starts,
For sadder it seems when of mother she dreams
In the mansion of aching hearts.

2. Alone by the fireside, a man sadly looks
At a picture that hangs on the wall.
He has never forgotten the sad sweet face
Of the beautiful belle of the ball.
He's reading her letter: "My picture I send.
I have loved you, but only in vain.
Oh, try to forget that we ever have met."
Then he thinks with a heart full of pain: CHORUS


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Subject: Lyr Add: MEDALS FOR MOTHERS (from Osborne Bros)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 28 Jul 13 - 10:24 PM

This song was mentioned by Brack& back in 1998:


MEDALS FOR MOTHERS
As sung by The Osborne Brothers

I dreamed Mother walked up the heavenly stairs,
And medals for mothers were given up there.
They mentioned a million things Mom did for me,
Things I took for granted and never could see.

CHORUS: If there's medals for mothers,
For all of the deeds they have done,
If there's medals for mothers,
Mama, you'll win ev'ry one.

A medal of honor was pinned on her there,
A medal for patience and kind loving care.
A medal for duty she won up above,
But the biggest of all was the one for her love.

CHORUS

Mama, you'll win ev'ry one.


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Subject: Lyr Add: THEY'RE ALL GOIN' HOME BUT ONE
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 28 Jul 13 - 09:11 PM

This was mentioned by Bill of Alabama way back near the beginning of this thread:


THEY'RE ALL GOIN' HOME BUT ONE
As sung by Mac Wiseman

1. There were five of us boys in the family.
We told our dear mother goodbye.
We left our dear home down in Georgia,
Our luck in the city to try.
We agreed to go back and see her
When two years had passed away.
She told us that she would be waiting
And two years are over today.

2. They're all going home to mother tonight.
They're all going back but one,
And mother will be so happy tonight,
And proud of each fortunate son;
But one of her boys will be missing.
There's one she will fail to see.
They'll all be there with mother tonight.
They're all going home but me.

3. Tonight when it's dark in this prison,
I'll stand looking out through the bars.
I'll think of my mother in Georgia.
I can still see her eyes in the stars.
The others were steadfast and loyal.
No tears will they cause her to shed,
But I was the one that disgraced her,
A criminal better off dead.

REPEAT 2.


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Subject: RE: 'Mother Songs' of the tear-jerker variety
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 28 Jul 13 - 06:48 PM

To the guest above who requested PLEASE MR. CONDUCTOR....

The complete lyrics have been posted in the forum: Click here.

There is also a link there to a copy of the sheet music at another web site.


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Subject: Lyr Add: MOTHER OF MINE (Bill Parkinson)
From: Jim McLean
Date: 05 Jul 13 - 09:47 AM

Sadly, Bernie Nolan of the Singing Nolans has passed away due to cancer, at a very young age of 52. I was the first to record the family in 1971 and one of the songs was Mother, Sweet Mother of Mine.


MOTHER OF MINE
(Bill Parkinson)

Neil Reid - 1971
Little Jimmy Osmond - 1972
Klaus Wunderlich - 1975
Hayley Westenra - 2009
The Blue Rubatos - 2010

Also recorded by:
Eddie Peregrina; Florence Aguilar;
Reetta Marjamäki; The Nolans.

Mother of mine, you gave to me
All of my life to do as I please
I owe everything I have to you
Mother, sweet Mother of mine

Mother of mine, when I was young
You showed me the right way things had to be done
Without your arms where would I be
Mother, sweet Mother of mine

Mother, you gave me happiness
Much more than words can say
I thank the Lord, let me breathe with you
Every night and every day

Mother of mine, now I am grown
And I can walk straight all on my own
I'd like to give you what you gave to me
Mother, sweet Mother of mine

Mother, you gave me happiness
Much more than words can say
I thank the Lord, let me breathe with you
Every night and every day

Mother of mine, now I am grown
And I can walk straight all on my own
I'd like to give you what you gave to me
Mother, sweet Mother of mine
Mother, sweet Mother of mine



NB: The line "I thank the Lord, let me breathe with you" is
sometimes sung as "I pray the Lord that He may bless you"


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Subject: RE: 'Mother Songs' of the tear-jerker variety
From: GUEST
Date: 05 Jul 13 - 01:24 AM

Please Mr. Conductor, don't put me off of this train.
I want to bid mother goodbye, sir, before God calls her away.
She's expected to die any moment, sir, and may not live for the day.
I want to bid mother goodbye, sir, before God calls her away.

A little girl sat in a seat nearby....

That is all I remember from childhood recitations at elocution lessons. I would love to have the full text of the poem


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Subject: Lyr Add: WILL THE ANGELS LET ME PLAY?
From: GUEST
Date: 21 Apr 12 - 10:25 AM

In the yard where children were a-playing games one day,
A little tot with crutches was watching wishfully.
It seemed so hard she could not play as other children do.
They said that she would spoil their game, and was a baby, too.
Her tender heart was breaking, for they would not let her play.
As she goes to Mama, she murmurs painfully:

"Mama, when I go to Heaven will the angels let me play?
Just because I'm a cripple, will they say I'm in their way?
Children here never want me; I'm a bother, they say.
Mama, when I go to Heaven, will the angels let me play?"

"I am so tired, dear Mama," the little darling said.
"Please rock me just a little, then put me to bed.
I wish Papa would come home before I go to sleep.
Please tell him how I've waited for his kiss upon my cheek."
That night when all was silent, the angels came that way
And took the little darling, whose sweet lips seemed to say:

"Mama, when I go to Heaven, will the angels let me play?
Just because I'm a cripple, will they say I'm in their way?
Children here never want me; I'm a bother, they say.
Mother, when I go to Heaven, will the angels let me play?"

http://web.lyon.edu/wolfcollection/songs/feltslittle1255.html

Original lyrics, with a link to the original sheet music, posted here.


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Subject: RE: 'Mother Songs' of the tear-jerker variety
From: banjoman
Date: 09 Feb 12 - 06:11 AM

Just read this thread again as I was looking for one of the songs listed in it -thanks.
A couple of other "Mother" songs sprang to mind as I was reading:

THE LAND BEYOND THE BLUE - I have a recording by Debbie McClatchy but I think it may originally be from the Red Clay Ramblers.

MOTHER IS GONE - by Hank williams - this may have already been mentioned??


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Subject: RE: 'Mother Songs' of the tear-jerker variety
From: GUEST
Date: 08 Feb 12 - 08:50 AM

Mother used to sing a song that doesn't really fit in here, but I sure would like to fill in the blanks in my mind. What I remember is:

A man met with an accident upon a railroad train.
He tried to ride but wouldn't pay the fee.
A doctor was consulted, and then he said to him,
We'll have to cut your leg off at the knee.

They tried to give him chloroform, He would take the stuff.
He said, Proceed while I am brave and strong.
But as you cut my leg off, I pray you let me sing.
They did, and so he started up this song.

Just tell them that you saw me, and I was looking well,
To ups and downs I've always been a slave.
And whisper, if you get a chance to Mother dear and say,
Your only son has one foot in the grave.

Easy
ezseeker@hotmail.com


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Subject: RE: 'Mother Songs' of the tear-jerker variety
From: GUEST,JMRinKY
Date: 16 Jul 11 - 03:48 PM

This one almost qualifies.

Daddy, dear old Daddy,
You've been more than a Daddy to me.
You could have gone out with the boys every night,
But you stayed at home
Just to bring me up right.
Daddy, dear old Daddy,
Way up in heaven she sees,
You've been more that a dad,
Your're the best friend I had.
Daddy, you've been a mother to me.


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Subject: RE: 'Mother Songs' of the tear-jerker variety
From: topical tom
Date: 15 Jul 11 - 03:23 PM

"The Faded old Sunbonnet"

[possibly MOTHER'S OLD FADED SUNBONNET]


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Subject: RE: 'Mother Songs' of the tear-jerker variety
From: GUEST,Desi C
Date: 15 Jul 11 - 01:37 PM

Hank Williams's Mother's Day is a real tear jerker. WHAT A FRIEND WE HAVE IN MOTHER by Ann Breen is good too


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Subject: RE: 'Mother Songs' of the tear-jerker variety
From: MorwenEdhelwen1
Date: 15 Jul 11 - 03:03 AM

"LINSTEAD MARKET"? Translated from the Jamaican patois- "All the children linger, linger, for what their mama don't bring, all the children linger, linger, oh how will the children eat?"


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Subject: Lyr Add: ON THE EVENING TRAIN (from Johnny Cash)
From: autoharpbob
Date: 11 May 11 - 09:58 AM

A couple I can add - and I have read through to check they haven't been mentioned.

"THE PICTURE ON THE WALL" - Carter Family - already in digitrad.


ON THE EVENING TRAIN
Hank and Audrey Williams
As sung by Johnny Cash on "American V: A Hundred Highways" (2006)

I heard the laughter at the depot but my tears fell like the rain
When I saw them place that long white casket in the baggage coach of the evening train.
The baby's eyes are red from weeping; its little heart is filled with pain.
"Oh Daddy" it cried, "They're taking Mama away from us on the evening train"

[Instrumental break]

As I turned to walk away from the depot, it seemed I heard her call my name.
"Take care of my baby, and tell him, Darling, that I'm going home on the evening train."
I pray that God will give me courage to carry on till we meet again.
It's hard to know she's gone forever; they're carrying her home on the evening train.

I pray that God will give me courage to carry on till we meet again.
It's hard to know she's gone forever; they're carrying her home on the evening train.
They're carrying her home on the evening train.


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Subject: RE: 'Mother Songs' of the tear-jerker variety
From: GUEST
Date: 11 May 11 - 12:29 AM

Anyone know words for The One Word, Mother ?


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Subject: RE: 'Mother Songs' of the tear-jerker variety
From: GUEST,mayomick
Date: 27 Apr 09 - 11:32 AM

Did a song with the lines "Don't close the lid of the coffin until I kiss my mother goodbye " ever exist , or was it just a spoof ?


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Subject: RE: Every Bush & Tree
From: GUEST
Date: 27 Apr 09 - 09:54 AM

Dixie

I appreciate the lyrics to Every Bush & Tree.   My mother used to sing this song seventy years ago. I didn't recognize the title but the first verse was so familiar. I"m singing it as I remembered it, but would love to hear the first two verses, just to know if I'm getting it right.


Thanks,
dixiedamron@hotmail.com


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Subject: RE: 'Mother Songs' of the tear-jerker variety
From: GUEST,merrymax
Date: 17 Apr 09 - 08:32 AM

I thoroughly enjoyed looking through this site, and found words of many songs I had known in my childhood. LITTLE BLOSSOM (I have an old 78 of this somewhere), In the Luggage Van Ahead (I have a Tex Morton recording of this) Also, the "Lightning Express" although on the recording I have of it is called "Please Mr Conductor.

What I would like the words of is the song recorded by Slim Whitman back in the 1980's called "PAINT A ROSE ON THE GARDEN WALL, so mum will think summer's still here".
I would also like the words of the "THE LETTER EDGED IN BLACK", and another old song recorded by Tex Morton that starts off:

"A stranger was reading a letter from home,
A letter which brought bitter tears,
All over this world he started to roam,
A wanderer for many long years,
Over and over he read every word
And this is what I heard.
Come back to the valley, come back to the hills,
Come back to the ones that love you so,
The old folk are weary their time is drawing nigh,
They need you their heads are bending low.
A light still burns in the window each night
To guide you wherever you may go,
Come back to the valley come back to the hills,
Come back to the ones that love you so".

That is all I can remember of it, but would love the rest. And while it is not a "Mother" song, I would like to know the words of an old music hall number "Gimme the ground"


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Subject: RE: 'Mother Songs' of the tear-jerker variety
From: Acorn4
Date: 08 Jan 09 - 05:05 AM

"STITCHES" by Sammy Kershaw from the album "I want my money back"

Bit of a George Jones soundalike who just about avoids the sickbucket because it's such a good tune and arrangement.


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Subject: RE: 'Mother Songs' of the tear-jerker variety
From: GUEST,Mariah Ransome
Date: 07 Jan 09 - 10:55 PM

Otis Pierce was Great Grandfather also! I just emailed Bay Records tonite to try & a copy of the Every Bush and Tree album. What a small world!


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Subject: RE: 'Mother Songs' of the tear-jerker variety
From: GUEST,DWR
Date: 30 Dec 08 - 02:22 AM

Blake Pierce, I may be wrong, but I am assuming that you are referring to Otis Pierce. Be assured that your great grampa has any number of fans here. If you have more than what we know about, we'd be glad to have them.


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Subject: Lyr Add: DEAR BROTHER (Hank Williams)
From: Ebbie
Date: 30 Dec 08 - 01:23 AM

This is the song that I grew up with, quite different from the Carter Family one that followed it in, I think, 1937.

Will the Circle be Unbroken
1907 Ada Habershon

There are loved ones in the glory,
Whose dear forms you often miss;
When you close your earthly story,
Will you join them in their bliss?

Refrain:
Will the circle be unbroken
By and by, by and by?
In a better home awaiting
In the sky, in the sky?

In the joyous days of childhood,
Oft they told of wondrous love,
Pointed to the dying Savior;
Now they dwell with Him above.

You remember songs of heaven
Which you sang with childish voice,
Do you love the hymns they taught you,
Or are songs of earth your choice?

You can picture happy gath'rings
'Round the fireside long ago,
And you think of tearful partings,
When they left you here below.

One by one their seats were emptied,
One by one they went away;
Here the circle has been broken—
Will it be complete one day?

A newer tear-jerker that I also like:

DEAR BROTHER
Hank Williams, Sr.
(Williams sings harmony to Audrey Williams' lead)

Dear Brother,

Mama left us this morning,
the angels they took her away
She's gone to join Daddy up there in heaven
But we'll meet again someday

Chorus

She left this world with a smile on her face
Whispering her Saviour's name
Dear brother, Mama left us this morning
For that city where there is no pain

As I stood by her bedside those last few moments
I lived my childhood again
I thought of you, brother, and of the old homestead
And my tears, they fell like rain.


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