MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
My Mother Was A Lady
Performed by Joan Sullivan Accession # 78-054 NFLD 1 Tape 1A Track 10
Community: Calvert Audio:
Genre: Ballad / social injustice  

Transcription

Two drummers sat in at dinner in a grand hotel one day
While dining they were chatting in a jovial sort of way
There come a pretty waitress bringing a tray of food
They spoke to her familiarly in a manner rather rude

At first she did not notice or make the least reply
Till one remark was made to her brought teardrops to her eye
And facing her tormentors her cheeks were blushing red
She looked a perfect picture as appealingly she said

Chorus: My mother was a lady like yours you would allow,
And you may have a sister who needs protection now
I've come to this grand city to find my brother dear
You would dare insult me sir if brother Jack were here

The two sat there in silence, their heads hung down in shame
"Forgive me miss we meant no harm pray tell me what's your name"
She told the man, he cried aloud "I know your brother, too!
"We've been friends for many years and he oftentimes speaks of you.

"Come home with me when I go back and if you'll only wed,
I'll take you to him as my bride for I love you since you said:

Chorus: My mother was a lady like yours you would allow,
And you may have a sister who needs protection now
I've come to this grand city to find my brother dear
You would dare insult me sir if brother Jack were here


NOTES

Sources: Roud 2982; recorded by Jimmie Rodgers (Victor, 1928)

History: Written by Edward B. Marks, and published as sheet music in 1896.

Text notes: Two drummers visit a hotel where they harass a waitress. She retorts, "My mother was a lady" and demands respect. One drummer discovers he knows the girl's brother and he eventually marries her.

Tune notes: Both stanza and refrain have phrase repetitions in the pattern, abac, but the tunes differ.

 

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