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Melba Montgomery - No Charge

It reached # 1 on the charts of the US Hot Country Songs, and remained a total of 16 weeks on the charts. The same day will also reach # 1 on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks charts. The song was included in Melba's nineteenth studio album, the second one that recorded for the Elektra label, No Charge (Elektra 1974)

 

"No Charge”, a song written by Harlan Howard, was recorded by Melba Montgomery for the Elektra label, was recorded in January 1974, at Pete's Place, 809 18th Ave. South, Nashville, TN, at the recording session Melba was accompanied by: Dave Kirby (lead guitar), Harold Bradley (acoustic guitar), Jack Solomon (acustic guitar), Larry Sasser (dobro), Bob Moore (bass), Buddy Harman (drums), Shorty Lavendar, Johnny Gimble and Norman Buddy Spicher (fiddle), Hargus Pig Robbins (piano), Gary S. Paxton and Nashville Edition (background vocals). With the production of Pete Drake, the song was released in April 1974, on May 25, 1974, it reached # 1 on the charts of the US Hot Country Songs, and remained a total of 16 weeks on the charts. The same day will also reach # 1 on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks charts. It was the first and only number one in Melba's career.

 

The song was included in Melba's nineteenth studio album, the second one that recorded for the Elektra label, No Charge (Elektra 1974), the album was released in April 1974, June 15, 1974, reached number # 14 in the charts of US Top Country Albums, remaining a total of 11 weeks in the charts.

 

Versions:

 

Tammy Wynette & Tina Jones 1974 (Epic)

Johnny Cash 1975 (Columbia)

Shirley Caesar 1975 (HOB)

Billy Connolly 1976 (Polydor)

J.J. Barrie 1976 (Power Exchange)

Val Doonican 1976 (Phillips)

Miquel Batlle Garriga
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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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