Author: Daniel, Bert

Tell Mother I'll Meet Her
 

A few years ago we had a Mother's Day thread on the message board for people to submit their favorite songs about the subject of motherhood. From my recollection, it was quite an extensive list. There is no bond in nature stronger than the bond between a mother and her child. The number of memorable songs about mother, just within the realm of Old Time, Bluegrass and Gospel, attests to the reverence that all of us have for our mothers. I don't really have a favorite tune for Mother's Day. I liked all of the ones on the list that was generated some time ago. But I doubt this one was on the list, so I thought I'd share it with you today. Mainer's Mountaineers did a version in the thirties but my version comes from Norman Blake.


In a far and distant village, dying at the close of day
'Twas a fair-haired boy who'd wandered far from home.

"Take this message to my mother when my work on earth is through.
Tell her that her boy will meet her, in the land beyond the blue."

In his hand he held a picture of the old home far away.
In the other 'twas a mother, old and gray.
While in accents low he whispered "She will know that I was true.
Tell her that her boy will meet her, in the land beyond the blue."

Tell my mother, I will meet her,
When my works of love and labor all are through.
Where the good of earth are gathered with the faithful and the true.
Tell her that her boy will meet her in the land beyond the blue.

"'Tis my last good night", he whispered. "Angels gather 'round my bed.
Soon with all my friends and loved ones I shall be.
Down the valley of the shadow, He will lead me safely through.
Tell her that her boy will meet her in the land beyond the blue."

To the old home came a message 'twas to mother from her boy
Alas, for her the message came too late.
For that day the angels called her to the faithful and the true
Tonight she dwells with Willie in the land beyond the blue.

Tell my mother, I will meet her
When my works of love and labor all are through.
Where the good of earth are gathered with the faithful and the true
Tell her that her boy will meet her in the land beyond the blue.


Happy Mother's Day!
 
Posted:  5/8/2011



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