Southern Mama

03:21
Lucky Mud
2010-03-13
Mike McKinney

Story

My mother, at age 14, was given the task of driving a Model-A from the Tennessee mountains to Florida, where she fell in with the McKinney clan along the banks of the Withlacoochee River. This is a song for the women who finish the job, who raise the children against all odds.

Lyrics

Oh, the Southern Mama's

Just got to be strong

'Cause the Southern Daddy

Die's before too long

Working the pulpwood

Every day

Makes his life

Kinda' slip away

 

Mama keeps to herself

All the tears she's cried

She knows daddy loved her 'til the day he died

So she tries to raise the kids as best she can

Happy she was married

To a damned good man

 

(chorus)

All the way from the Banks of the Withlacoochee

To a share cropper's shack Up in Tennessee

You'll see the lady with the sad eyes trying

To find food and clothes for the family

Yeah, the Southern' Mama's

Just got to be strong

'Cause the Southern Daddy

Dies before too long

 

Then the sun is rising

It's another day

She's got work to do

She's got bills to pay

But late in the evening

She can rest a spell

And laugh at the jokes

That the children tell

 

Now, the South's got beauty

And the South's got soul

But it ain't got silver

And it ain't got gold

So the Southern Mama's Just got to be strong

'Cause the Southern Daddy

Dies before too long

(chorus)

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