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Your mother still prays for you, Jack

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Your mother still prays for you, Jack


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1. The night was dark and stormy, the wind was howling wild,

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    as an aged mother gazed upon the portrait of her child.

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    As she gazed on the baby's features that once filled her heart with joy,

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    he's now in this wild world roaming, that mother's long lost boy.


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Your mother still prays for you, Jack, your mother still prays for you,

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in a home far over the ocean, your mother still prays for you.


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3. At last there came a letter, it was deeply edged in black,

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    from a comrade long forgotten, who still remembered Jack.

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    They have lain your dear old mother in a grave so dark and cold,

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    and she wants her boy who is roaming

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    to meet her on the streets of gold.     + CHORUS  + G - C - D - G


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3. His stony heart was broken, as he thought of his mother dear,

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 and in spite of his comrades laughing, he could not keep back his tears.

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    In spite of the great tempolations that once filled his heart with tears,

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   so he started for Heaven that evening, as sweetly the people did sing.



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