The Whites & Bill Anderson - Mama Sang a Song

Mama Sang a Song

The Whites & Bill Anderson sing "Mama Sang a Song"

"Mama Sang a Song" is a country music song written and recorded by Bill Anderson.

Released in 1962, this recitation — prominently featuring a backing choir singing Christian hymns — was Bill Anderson's first No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot C&W Sides chart that fall. The song spent seven non-consecutive weeks atop the chart, spanning from October 27 through December 22, and 27 weeks total in the country chart's top 40 from the summer of 1962 through early 1963

Bill Anderson - Mama Sang A Song Lyrics


I get to thinking lots of times about back when I was a lad

Of the old homeplace where I grew up of the days both good and bad

My overalls were hand-me-downs my shoes were full of holes

I used to walk four miles to school every day through the rain the sleet and the cold

I've seen the nights when my daddy would cry

For the things that his family would need

But all he ever got was a badland farm and seven hungry mouths to feed

And yet and yet our homefire never flickered once

'Cause when all these things went wrong

Mama took the hymn book down and mama sang a song

(What a friend we have in Jesus)

I've been rocked to sleep many a night to the tune of What a Friend

And come morning Rock of Ages would wake me gently once again

And when daddy would reach up and he'd take the Bible down

And he'd read it read it loud and long

And I always felt that maybe our house was blessed

When daddy would say mama sing a song

Sister left home first I guess and then Bob and then Tommy and then Dan

By then dad's hair was turning white and I had to be mama's little man

But it seemed that as daddy's back grew weak my mother's faith just grew strong

And those were the greatest days of all when mama sang a song

(Rock of ages cleft for me let me hide myself in Thee)

I guess the house is still standing I don't get to go back much anymore

No voice is left to fill those halls and no steps to grace the floor

For you see my mother sings in heaven now around God's golden throne

But I'll always believe that this world is a better place

Because one time my mama sang a song (precious mem'ries flod my soul)

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