Never a Pal Like Mother

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2011-07-31
  • Publisher: Dust to Digital
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Throughout the first half of the twentieth century, separation from loved ones was an accepted fact of life, for several generations of Americans. Westward migration had cleaved many families along generational lines, as young people left their elders in the east, rarely if ever to see them again. Immigrants from Ireland and Germany and Italy said goodbye to their mothers as they prepared to cross the ocean to America, while African Americans in the South did the same as they boarded northbound trains. Another wave of young soldiers left home, headed for the hills of Cuba and the Philippine boondocks, and their sons would write home from the trenches of Europe. This generational nostalgia became a mainstay of pop culture: in early country music, the mother song was a staple, from the heartbreaking to the maudlin; blues and black gospel singers missed their mamas too, from Jaybird Coleman to the Pilgrim Travelers. Gathering vintage photographs of mothers and children and a two-CD compilation of 78 rpm recordings of motherly love, Never a Pal Like Motheris the ultimate homage to--and gift for--mothers everywhere. Rosanne Cash captures the Americana flavor of this book in her foreword to the volume: "Those of us who treasure American roots music are listening to the very center of its essence in this anthology: the nearly century-old collection of songs about the most important person in the entire lexicon."

Table of Contents

God Bless Her, She's My Mother
The Pal That's Always True
Little Moses
Mama Blues
Mama's Little Sunny Boy
Mother's Love
Mama Don't Allow It
Mama Says It's Naughty
You Mother Heart Breakers
Mother Came To Get Her Boy From Jail
Mother's Last Word To Her Son
The Dixie Cowboy
That's No Way To Get Along
Only Mother Cares For Me
Whisper Softly, Mother's Dying
Hold Fast To the Right
Mother Called Her Child To Her Dying Bed
A Mother's Last Word To Her Daughter
Mother is With the Angels
Sleep On, Mother
Mother's Gone
Stand In the Test In Judgment
Mama, Where You At?
Kujawiak Babki (Grandmother's Dance)
Tie Me To Your Apron Strings Again
My Mother's Hands
The Picture On the Wall
Where is My Momma?
I've Got the Blues For Mammy
Motherless Child Blues
If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again
Tell Mother I'll Meet Her
Shake Mother's Hand For Me
Mother Went Her Holiness Way
Mother Bowed
Will My Mother Know Me There?
The Bright Crystal Sea
Over the Hills and Far Away
Sleep On Mother, Sleep On
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