The ToneWay® Project: helping people play music


Please Mommy Please

A mother went out on a party
She left at home a baby son
He cried and begged her not to leave him
But she would not give up her fun
She kissed his check and tried to soothe him
But she denied his childish plea
The baby cried as she was leaving
Please mommy please, stay home with me

The mother joined the merrymakers
And soon was lost in fun and joy
The mellow tunes and fleeting shadows
Made her forget her baby boy
She laughed and danced while she was drinking
The world to her was fancy free
But now and then these words would haunt her
Please mommy please, stay home with me

She left the party feeling dizzy
The smell of drink was on her breath
She hurried home to find her baby
In a raging pain nearing death
The doctor came and looked on sadly
The case was hopeless he could see
The baby died, these words repeating
Please mommy please, stay home with me

So mommies don't neglect your children
This story should a lesson be
Do not ignore your baby's pleading
Please mommy please, stay home with me


A song from the The ToneWay Mountain Music Collection, which offers lyrics and free Song Clips (recordings for learning the song by ear) for nearly 400 traditional songs, many of which are often heard in bluegrass and old-time jam circles. The ToneWay Project also offers songbooks, CDs, and a free online video series for learning to play music by ear. http://ToneWay.com