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GUEST,riverboat annie Lyr Add: There's a Mother Always Waiting Here... (5) Lyr Add: THERE'S A MOTHER ALWAYS WAITING HERE... 27 Nov 06

(by Doc Williams???)
As sung by Sara and Maybelle Carter

"So you're going to leave the old home, Jim. Today you're going away.
You're going among the city folks to dwell."
So spoke the kind old mother to her boy one summer day.
"If your mind's made up that way, I wish you well.
The old home will be lonely. We'll miss you when you're gone.
The birds won't sing so sweet when you're not nigh;
But if you get in trouble, Jim, just write and let me know."
She spoke these words and then she said goodbye.

CHORUS: If sickness overtakes you,
And old companions shake you,
As through this world you wander all alone,
When friends you haven't any,
In your pocket not a penny,
There's a mother always waiting here at home.

Ten years later to this village came a stranger no one knew.
His steps were halt and ragged clothes he wore.
The little children laughed at him as down the lane he trod.
At last he stopped before a cottage door.
He gently knocked. No sound he heard. He thought then she'd be dead;
But then he heard a voice well known to him.
'Twas his mother's voice, but her hair had silvered by the touch of time.
He said, "Thank God! They sent me home again." CHORUS.

Bear Family 1991

Sara & Maybelle Carter

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