What’s your mother’s name    (video)

 

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    What's your mama's name, child, what's your mama's name ?

 

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1. Thirty some odd years ago a young man came to Memphis,

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    asking ‘bout a rose that used to blossom in his world.

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    People never took the time to mind the young man's questions,

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    till one day they heard him ask a little green-eyed girl.

 

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What's your mama's name, child, what's your mama's name ?

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Does she ever talk about a place called New Orleans ?

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Has she ever mentioned a man named Buford Wilson ?

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What's your mama's name, child, what's your mama's name ?

 

(orig. moves up half a note to capo 4th here)

 

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2. Twenty some odd years ago a drunkard down in Memphis,

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    lost a month of life in labor to the county jail.

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    Just because he asked a little green-eyed girl a question,

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    and offered her a nickel’s worth of candy if she'd tell.

 

(orig. moves up half a note to capo 5th here)

 

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3. A year and some odd days ago an old man died in Memphis,

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    just another wayward soul the county'd have to pay.

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    Inside the old man's ragged coat they found a faded letter,

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    it said : You have a daughter and her eyes are Wilson green.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What's your mama's name, child, what's your mama's name ?

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Does she ever talk about a place called New Orleans ?

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Has she ever mentioned a man named Buford Wilson ?

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What's your mama's name, child, what's your mama's name ?

 

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+  What's your mama's name, child - - - what's your mama's na...me ?

 

 

(orig. = capo 3rd)    (Tanya Tucker)