American Old Time Song Lyrics: 36 Mother And Son

Theater, Music-Hall, Nostalgic, Irish & Historic Old Songs, Volume 36

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Copyright, 1892, by Francis, Day & Hunter.
Written by Norton Atkins. Composed by David Day,

Day after day a mother watches and waits in vain,
Thinking of one who's absent, she may not see again;
Watching the restless ocean, pacing the lonely quay,
Praying for him, her loved one, knowing that there will be-

No one to greet him, no one to smile,
No one, no one clasping his dear hand.
Over the foam, far from his home.
Alone, all alone in a stranger's land.

Vainly she begs a message, vainly implores one word,
Ah! but her dream is shattered, no news of him is heard,
Still on the quay she's watching, watching with eager eyes;
"Send him safe home, oh, Father," sadly the mother cries.- Chorus.

After the weary waiting, after the lonely years,
One day at last comes answer, answer to prayers and tears;
Hark, on the stairs a footstep, "Mother" -"My darling Jack,"
Safe to her breast she clasps him, sweet is his welcome back.

Some one to greet him, some one to smile.
Some one, some one clasping his dear hand;
After the pain he is again
Safe,- safe at home in the dear old land.
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