Mama sang a song    (video)


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    God put a song in the heart of an angel,

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    and softly she sang it to me.


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1.    I get to thinking lots of times about back when I was a lad,


    of the old home place where I grew up,


    of the days both good and bad,

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    my overalls were hand-me-downs, my shoes were full of holes.


    I used to walk four miles to school every day,


    through the rain the sleet and the cold.


    I've seen the nights when my daddy would cry


    for the things that his family would need.


    But all he ever got was a badland farm


    and seven hungry mouths to feed.


    And yet, and yet our home fire never flickered once,

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    ’cause when all these things went wrong,


    Mama took the hymn book down and mama sang this song :


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+  What a friend we have in Jesus !



2.    I've been rocked to sleep many a night


    to the tune of What a Friend,


    and come morning, Rock of Ages


    would wake me gently once again.


    And then daddy would reach up,


    and he'd take the Bible down,


    and he'd read it, read it loud and long.


    And I always felt that maybe our house was blessed,


    when daddy would say, “Mama sing a song !”


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3. Sister left home first I guess,


    and then Bob and then Tommy and then Dan.


    By then dad's hair was turning white

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    and I had to be mama's little man,


    but it seemed that as daddy's back grew weak,


    my mother's faith just grew strong.

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    And those were the greatest days of all,


    when mama sang a song.


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+  Rock of ages cleft for me, let me hide myself in Thee.

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    Do do doo.



4.     I guess the house is still standing,


    I don't get to go back much anymore.


    No voice is left to fill those halls,


    and no steps to grace the floor.


    For, you see, my mother sings in heaven now,


    around God's golden throne.


    But I'll always believe that this world is a better place,

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    because one time        my mama sang a song.


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+  Precious mem'ries flood my sou.....................l.



(orig. = capo 3rd)    (Bill Anderson)