Melba Montgomery performs "No Charge"

Melba Montgomery performs "No Charge"

"No Charge"' is a country music song, written by songwriter Harlan Howard. It was made famous in North America by country singer Melba Montgomery, whose 1974 version was a #1 country hit in both the US and Canada, as well as making #39 on the US pop charts. In the UK, the song is associated with J.J. Barrie, whose 1976 cover was a #1 UK hit.

Melba Montgomery - No Charge Lyrics


My little boy came into the kitchen this evening

While I was fixing supper

And he handed me a piece of paper he'd been writing on

And after wiping my hands on my apron

I read it - and this is what it said

For mowing the yard - five dollars

And for making my own bed this week - one dollar

And for going to the store - fifty cents

An' playing with little brother, while you went shopping 

Twenty-five cents

Taking out the trash - one dollar

Getting a good report card - five dollars

And for raking the yard - two dollars

Total owed - fourteen seventy-five.

Well, I looked at I'm standing there expectantly

And a thousand memories flashed through my mind

So I picked up the pen, turning the paper over,

This is what I wrote:

For nine months I carried you

Growing inside me - no charge

For the nights I've sat up with you,

Doctored you, prayed for you - no charge

For the time and the tears.

And the cost through the years, there's no charge

When you add it all up.

The full cost of my love is no charge.

For the nights filled with dread

And the worries ahead - no charge

For advice and the knowledge

And the cost of your college - no charge

For the toys, food and clothes and for wiping your nose

There's NO CHARGE, son

When you add it all up,

The full cost of my love, is - charge.

Well, when he finished readin'

He had great big old tears in his eyes

And he looked up at me and he said,

"Mama, I sure do love you."

Then he took the pen,

And in great big letters

He wrote: "Paid in full."

When you add it all up

The cost of real love is - no charge.


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