American Old Time Song Lyrics: 29 A Kind Word Goes A Good Ways, After All

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Copyright, 1890 by Monroe H. Rosenfeld
Words and Music by Monroe H. Rosenfeld.

Ah! fondly I remember, in the days of long ago,
The face's and the scenes I loved so well;
The gentle words of mother, breathed in accents soft and low,
That in my heart forever silent dwell.
Whene'er in life you wander and are tempted on your way,
Be upright, lad. and honest, and never go astray:
Let never a word of anger from your lips in passion fall "A kind word goes a good ways, after all."

Twas the motto of my mother, be kind to one another.
Upon life's way to totter, rise or fall.
This maxim bear in mind, some day you'll surely find
That a kind word goes a ways, after all.

How often in my wanderings have I paused upon the way,
And seen my friends or neighbors meet in strife;
And heard the words of passion that within their hearts held sway,
As each, in hatred sought the other's life.
I've seen the gleaming weapon, by a brother held on high,
And beard the cry for mercy, and saw the victim die;
When, ah, that gentle motto of my mother I'd recall:
"A kind word goes a good ways, after all. " -Chorus.

How often will a gentle word some erring child reclaim.
And guide her back to home and friends so dear;
Flow often will its kindliness remove from guilt or shame
The human soul that on the brink is near.
So speak it gently ever, as life's weary way you wend.
Unto a fallen brother, a sister or a friend;
Wherever you may wander, ah, this motto still recall:
"A kind word goes a good ways, after all. " -Chorus.
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