Send a Picture of Mother
Johnny Cash Lyrics


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After seven years behind these bars together
I'll miss you more than a brother when you go when you go
If only I had not tried to escape
They'd barred me with you I know yes I know

Won't you tell the folks back home I'll soon be coming
And don't let them know I never will be free be free
Sometimes write and tell me how they're doing
And send a picture of mother back to me

Say hello to Dad and shake his poor hardworking hand
And send a picture of mother if you can

I'm happy for you that you got your freedom
But stay with me just another minute or so or so
After all this sweating blood together
Who'll be my fighting partner when you go when you go

The hardest time will be on Sunday morning
Church bells will ring on Heaven Hill Heaven Hill
Please ask Reverend Garrett to pray for me
And send a picture of mother if you will





Say hello to Dad and shake his poor hardworking hand
And send a picture of mother if you can

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Johnny Cash's "Send a Picture of Mother" is a poignant and heartbreaking tale of a prisoner on the eve of his friend's release. The song showcases the deep bond that has developed between the two inmates during their seven years of imprisonment. The singer expresses his emotions over the loss of his comrade and the difficulties he will face alone behind bars. He pleads with his friend to send a message to his family, conveying his love and hopes to be reunited soon. The prisoner asks to be updated about his family, and requests a picture of his mother. He also expresses his desire to keep his friend by his side, even after his freedom, as they have been together through thick and thin.


The instrumental arrangement of the song is in keeping with the feeling of sadness and isolation evoked by the lyrics. With a heavy bassline and somber chords, Johnny Cash's voice lends a melancholic sound to the song, making it all the more moving.


The enduring popularity of this song is largely attributed to its universal themes of separation, loneliness, and family connections. Even though it was released in 1960, the song retains its emotional resonance, eliciting empathy and compassion from listeners. The song's message of family love and loyalty, even in the hardest of times, is timeless and holds significance to this day.


Line by Line Meaning

After seven years behind these bars together
After being imprisoned for seven years with someone, I have formed a strong bond with them.


I'll miss you more than a brother when you go when you go
I will miss you dearly when you leave, more than I would miss a sibling.


If only I had not tried to escape
If I hadn't tried to escape, I would still be able to stay with my friend.


They'd barred me with you I know yes I know
I am aware that if I hadn't tried to escape, I would still be able to stay with my friend.


Won't you tell the folks back home I'll soon be coming
Please tell my family that I will be returning soon.


And don't let them know I never will be free be free
However, do not let them know that I will never truly be free.


Sometimes write and tell me how they're doing
Please keep me updated on how my family is doing.


And send a picture of mother back to me
Additionally, send me a photo of my mother.


Say hello to Dad and shake his poor hardworking hand
Please greet my father for me and extend my sympathies to him.


And send a picture of mother if you can
If possible, please send me a photo of my mother.


I'm happy for you that you got your freedom
Although I'm happy that you're free, I still wish you could stay with me.


But stay with me just another minute or so or so
Please stay with me for just a little bit longer before you have to leave.


After all this sweating blood together
After going through so much together, including hardship and struggle.


Who'll be my fighting partner when you go when you go
I'm concerned about who I will turn to for support when you leave.


The hardest time will be on Sunday morning
The most difficult time will be on Sunday morning.


Church bells will ring on Heaven Hill Heaven Hill
The church bells on Heaven Hill will ring on Sunday morning.


Please ask Reverend Garrett to pray for me
Please request that Reverend Garrett pray for me during this difficult time.


And send a picture of mother if you will
Also, if possible, please send me a photo of my mother.




Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: JOHNNY R. CASH

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I am a poor wayfaring stranger
Traveling through this world alone

There will be no sickness, toil or danger
In that grand land to which I roam

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I'm going home to a morning rose
I'm only goin' over Jordan
I'm only goin' over home

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I know my way is rough and steep
And beautiful fields lie just before me
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I'm going home no more to roam
I'm only goin' over Jordan
I'm only goin' over home

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I'm going home no more to roam
I'm only goin' over Jordan
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When I get to that good land
I want to shout out salvation story
In concert with that blood washed band.
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I’ll see his face no more to roam
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