American Old Time Song Lyrics: 31 Mothers Good Night Kiss

Theater, Music-Hall, Nostalgic, Irish & Historic Old Songs, Volume 31

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Copyright, 1887, by Willis Woodward & Co.
Words and Music by Barney Fagen.

What is a home without a mother dear?
Nobody ever can be to me
What mother was when I was a child
And sat with my head upon her knee;
At even, when the twilight was fading
And darkness was closing the day.
Softly she would murmur, my darling boy,
Down upon your knees and pray:
And when my little pray'r was finished.
She would clasp me to her heart so full of bliss;
I never closed my drooping eyes
Without "mother's good-night kiss."

Her winning word I miss, her tender care and this:
The love she gave me here on earth, her teaching was never amiss-Ah!

Her smiles that on me beamed, her affection and fond caress.
But in vain, for all my poor heart yearns for my "mother's good-night kiss."

Close to my bedside in the morning she,
The angel one that lov'd me so well.
Would be standing there, tears in her eyes,
The smile on her face her joy would tell;
Then gazing in those eyes so blue and tender,
There a meek, gentle, soft loving light
I could trace like a gleam of holiness.
Shining like the stars so bright;
Gone from me now to dwell forever
Where happiness becomes eternal bliss;
Oh, there was such a world of love
For my "mother's good-night kiss." -Refrain & Cho.
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