The ToneWay® Project: helping people play music

Your Mother Still Prays For You

The night was dark and 4 stormy
The 5 wind was howling 1 wild
As an aged mother 4 gazed upon
The 5 portrait of her 1 child

As she gazed on the baby's features
That once filled her heart with joy
He's now in this wild world roaming
That mother's long lost boy

Your mother still prays for 4 you, Jack
Your 5 mother still prays for 1 you
In a home far over the 4 ocean
Your 5 mother still prays for 1 you

At last there came a letter
It was deeply edged in black
From a comrade long forgotten
Who still remembered Jack

They have lain your dear old mother
In a grave so dark and cold
And she wants her boy who is roaming
To meet her on the streets of gold

His stony heart was broken
As he thought of his mother dear
And in spite of his comrades laughing
He could not keep back his tears

In spite of the great temptations
That once filled his heart with tears
So he started for Heaven that evening
As sweetly the people did sing

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.