I hope this is not too mauldlin. Actually it was my mother's birthday the other day and I got to thinking about her and this came out.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MAMA
I miss you, Mamaóyouíre always on my mind When your birthday rolls around, itís like marking time How many years now since you went away Tonight Iím thinking of you and I want to say
Happy Birthday, Mama How do you celebrate When youíre on the other side Of those pearly gates Does St. Peter play his trumpet The angels bake a cake Do God and Jesus grant you All the wishes you can make
Life comes full circleóI know that itís true Some of your old friends are now there with you I hope youíre merrymaking just like you all did here And all your days are filled with the things your hearts hold dear
Happy Birthday, Mama Is your birth date still the same Or has the day you got there Become your special day And really, who needs birthdays If you never have to age And every dayís a party In the presence of Godís grace
If you could only look down and see Tonight Iím lighting candles in your memory
Happy Birthday, Mama How do you celebrate When youíre on the other side Of those pearly gates Does St. Peter play his trumpet The angels bake a cake May God and Jesus grant you All the wishes you can make
Excellent. Also very novel in that it's a birthday greeting to someone in Heaven. In chorus line 6 should it read "Do the angels bake a cake"??? Like the slight change in last two lines of final chorus. Beautiful and bittersweet and original.
I almost cried when I read this line "How many years now since you went away". My Dad passed away some 11 years ago and the pain is still there. I know he's in heaven and I know it's for the best but I still miss him. I can really identify with your lyric it touched me deep inside thank you!
Lynn, Pogodog, Calvin, and AJK...I appreciate your comments so much. There is music, too, although I don't sing. I guess I am going to have to get one of those sites to put my music on. Yes, ATK, it has been almost 24 years since my mother passed. And there are times, like her birthday and the anniversary of her death, that it all comes back. The last birthday (65th) was her last good day and then it was downhill with the cancer. Those were dark days for me. Life is better now, and I think when you reach the point you can write about these things, it is sort of a hallmark of healing.
This is so beautiful and well-done. There's not a one of us that couldn't relate to that. I'm really glad that I read it, because yesterday was my Dad's birthday. He would have been 83. He died on my parents 55th wedding anniversary. I was very close to him (only girl)and I was missing him alot. Thanks for writing such a poignant meaningful piece. I'll bet that your Mom sees and hears it in her soul.
I'm sure not the one to ask about a song being commercial. I've been back at this for such a short time and actually I probably will never be commercial judging from the comments on here. I write for the joy of it and to let go of what's in my heart and to exspound some on what I see in the world. All I know is what touches me, and your song surely does that. I think you've already won and doubly so, because of the Mom you had that inspired you to write such a lovely set of lyrics. I just posted a piece on here today that expresses how I feel about the relationship I was lucky enough to have had with my Dad. It's called One Step At A Time. Give it a read if you can. Your piece was beautiful, though.