Southern Mama

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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) © 2010 Lucky Mud

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