Whisper Your Mother's Name
Jimmie Rodgers Lyrics


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I was seated one day in a gilded cafe
In a windows that looked on the street
A face caught my eye in a crowd passing by
And I hastily sprang to my feet
It was my sister's sad face I had left home to trace
Through her pride she had left us one day
And it brought back to me as plain as could be
My mother, as I heard her say:

If you should see your sister
Do not reproach or blame
Tell her how we've missed her
I love her just the same
Say, my darling, the words that you brought her
Whether in pride or shame
Say that, she's still my daughter
Whisper your mother's name

There were tears on her face as she passed by the place
And I hastily sprang to her side
As we walked along, I said Nell, we were wrong
We are sorry we wounded your pride
Your sweetheart is true and still waiting for you
We are willing now you should wed if you'll only come back
You can marry your Jack and please your dear mother who said:

If you should see your sister, do not reproach or blame
Tell her how we've missed her
I love her just the same
Say, my darling, the words that you brought her
Whether in pride or shame




Say that, she's still my daughter
Whisper your mother's name

Overall Meaning

The song "Whisper Your Mother's Name" by Jimmie Rodgers is a poignant tale of family love and forgiveness. The singer in the song recounts his encounter with his sister, whom he had left home to find. He sees her in a crowd passing by a cafe where he is seated, and her sad face reminds him of their mother's words. Through her own pride, the sister had left her family, causing pain and hurt. But despite this, their mother had always loved her and had asked her son to remind her of this fact should he ever see her again. The singer takes the opportunity to approach his sister, offer apologies for any wrongdoing, and urge her to return home to the waiting arms of her loved ones.


The lyrics are significant because they illustrate the powerful bonds of familial love and the importance of forgiveness, even in the face of hurt and betrayal. The mother's words "Whisper your mother's name" become a symbol of this love and hope for reconciliation, emphasizing the power of a mother's love to transcend all else. The song touches on themes that are universal and timeless, making it relatable and moving to many listeners.


Overall, the song is a touching reminder of the importance of family and the need for forgiveness and love. Through its emotional narrative, it shows how even the most broken relationships can be mended through understanding and compassion.


Line by Line Meaning

I was seated one day in a gilded cafe
I was sitting in a fancy cafe at some point


In a windows that looked on the street
I saw people passing by on the street from where I was sitting


A face caught my eye in a crowd passing by
I noticed a specific face among the crowd passing by


And I hastily sprang to my feet
I quickly stood up and went to see who the face belonged to


It was my sister's sad face I had left home to trace
The face I saw belonged to my sister who had left home earlier


Through her pride she had left us one day
She left because of her sense of pride


And it brought back to me as plain as could be
This brought back a clear memory for me


My mother, as I heard her say:
I recalled the words my mother had said


If you should see your sister
If you happen to see your sister


Do not reproach or blame
Don't scold or criticize her


Tell her how we've missed her
Let her know that we've missed her


I love her just the same
I still love her just as much


Say, my darling, the words that you brought her
Please convey this message to her


Whether in pride or shame
Regardless of how she feels right now


Say that, she's still my daughter
Remind her that she's still my child


Whisper your mother's name
Let her know that I'm still here for her and she can always count on me


There were tears on her face as she passed by the place
When my sister walked by, she looked upset and had tears on her face


And I hastily sprang to her side
I quickly went to her and stayed by her side


As we walked along, I said Nell, we were wrong
I walked with her and apologized to her for our mistakes


We are sorry we wounded your pride
We apologize for hurting your sense of pride


Your sweetheart is true and still waiting for you
Your loved one is still here for you and patiently waiting for your return


We are willing now you should wed if you'll only come back
We want you to come back and get married if that's what you want


You can marry your Jack and please your dear mother who said:
You have the option to marry the person you love and make your mother happy, as she requested




Writer(s): Jimmie Rodgers

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