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Mother Was A Lady (MacEdward Leach) MIDI
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Two drummers sat at dinner
in a grand hotel one day,
While dining they were chatting
in a jolly sort of way;
And when a pretty waitress
brought them a tray of food,
They spoke to her familiarly
in a manner rather rude.

At first she did not notice them
or make the least reply,
But one remark was passed that
brought the teardrops to her eye;
And facing her tormentor,
with cheeks now burning red,
She looked a perfect picture
as appealingly she said:

"My mother was a lady like yours,
you will allow,
And you may have a sister
who needs protection now;
I've come to this great city
to find a brother dear,
And you wouldn't dare insult me, sir,
if Jack were only here."

It's true, one touch of nature,
it makes the whole world kin,
And ev'ry word she uttered
seemed to touch their hearts within;
They sat there stunned and silent,
until one cried in shame,
"Forgive me, Miss! I meant no harm,
pray tell me what's your name?"

She told him and he cried again,
"I know your brother, too,
Why, we've been friends for many years
and he often speaks of you;
He'll be so glad to see you,
and if you'll only wed,
I'll take you to him as my wife,
for I love you since you said:

"My mother was a lady like yours,
you will allow,
And you may have a sister
who needs protection now;
I've come to this great city
to find a brother dear,
And you wouldn't dare insult me, sir,
if Jack were only here."

####.... Published in New York City in 1895 by Edward B Marks [1865-1945] and Joseph W Stern [1870-1934] and recorded by Jimmie Rodgers (Victor, 1928) ....####
Sung by Joan Sullivan (Mrs Gerald Costello) of Calvert, NL, and published as My Mother Was A Lady in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).



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