Mother Was a Lady
Jimmie Rodgers Lyrics


Two drummers sat at dinner in a grand hotel one day
While dining they were chatting in a jolly sort of way
And when a pretty waitress brought them a tray of food
They spoke to her familiarly in a manner rather rude

At first she did not notice them or make the least reply
But one remark was passed that brought the teardrops to her eye
And facing her tormentor, with cheeks now burning red
She looked a perfect picture as appealingly she said:
"My mother was a lady like yours, you will allow
And you may have a sister who needs protection now
I've come to this great city to find a brother dear
And you wouldn't dare insult me, sir, if Jack were only here"

It's true, one touch of nature, it makes the whole world kin
And ev'ry word she uttered seemed to touch their hearts within
They sat there stunned and silent, until one cried in shame
"Forgive me, Miss! I meant no harm, pray tell me what's your name?"

She told him and he cried again, "I know your brother, too
Why, we've been friends for many years and he often speaks of you
He'll be so glad to see you, and if you'll only wed
I'll take you to him as my wife, for I love you since you said:

"My mother was a lady like yours, you will allow
And you may have a sister, who needs protection now
I've come to this great city to find a brother dear
And you wouldn't dare insult me, sir, if Jack were only here

Writer(s): JOSEPH W. STERN, EDWARD B. MARKS

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Ronald Grimes

I have an original 78 rpm from 1927 that belonged to my mother. I used to play it on the wind up Victrola as a kid in the 40's. I am 75 now. I have it sealed in a "shadow box" with glass hanging in my home along beside an old 1917 Victrola I bought about 25 years ago. As far as I know everything was working win I had it sealed. I love them both. Thanks !!.

Ronald Grimes

Just a thought.... I have every song Jimmie Rodgers ever recorded. ( They are on CD of course ).

Ronald Grimes

Thank you Igor. Very nice of you to comment. I don't think I would sell it for any amount.

Keith Colledge

I never knew, until now, who sang this song... I only remember my grandfather singing it when he would be a little in his cups. Thanks for posting it.

Billy

Keith Colledge I never heard my grandfather sing a word,but he like music and playd harmonica

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Timeless classic.

540rollerman

One of the greatest of all time. Thank you for letting us enjoy.

Billy

540rollerman He was great.

Billy

When I hear this I thinking of my mother (1944-1990) She was really a lady

Wally Norlander

An old-fashioned, corny song---but its heart cannot be challenged.  If only our values today were so simple...

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