Mother the Queen of My Heart
Jimmie Rodgers Lyrics


I had a home down in Texas
Down where the blue bonnets grew
I had the kindest old mother
How happy we were just we two

Till one day the angels called her
A debt that we all have to pay
She called me close to her bedside
To me these words she did say
Son don't start drinking and gambling
Promise you'll always go straight
Ten years have passed since we parted
My promise I've broke I must say

I started gambling for pastime
Soon I was just like them all
I bet my clothes and my money
Not thinking that I'd ever fall

One day I bet all my money
Not a thing was left to be seen
All that I needed to break them
Was one card and that was a queen

The cards were dealt round the table
Each man took one from the draw
I drew the one that would beat them
I turned it and here's what I saw

I saw my mother's picture
And to me she seemed to say
Son you have broken your promise
So I tossed the cards away

I gave all my winnings to a newsboy
I knew I was wrong from the start
I'll never forget that promise
To my Mother the queen of my heart

Writer(s): J. Rodgers, H. Bryant

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jack camden

My wonderful Mother also sang this song to us when I was little. Now I listen with tears !

Francis T. Rozario

So many fo us have this in common bless our mothers.

Sarah William Joseph

Taking me back to my childhood, my mother used to sing this song! Thanks

Francis T. Rozario

We all seem to have mothers who sang this how nice.

Charlie Wells

we played this at my dad's funeral service he loved this song rip dad xxx

WillaMina Worcester

My Dad used to sing it to me when I was a kid

Beach Belly’s Yoga And Wellness Center

My dad too, I have him on tape he made us all cry with this song. RIP Dad.xox

Tracy Barr

This was played at my granny funeral today RIP the queen of my heart xxxx

Francis T. Rozario

Very touching, I sing it to my moother each year I visit her grave on her Birthday, I do not do it 'All Souls" too many people around.

Pam Pruett

Dad loved this one, used to sing it with my uncle (as told me). Man, what a heartbreaker! Heard it today for the first time. Wow.

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