Mother Queen Of My Heart

Cat. #0882 (MFH #446) - As sung by Ollie Gilbert, Mountain View, Arkansas on August 29, 1969

I had a home down in Texas
Down where th blue violets grow
I had th kindest ole mother
How happy we were, just we two
Till one day the angels called her
A debt we all have to pay
She called me close to her bedside
These last few words to say

Son, don't start drink'n' an' gamblin'
Promise you'll always go straight
Ten years has passed by since that promise
I broken th promises straight
I started to gamblin' for past-time
Soon I was just like them all
I spent all of my clothes an' my money
Not dreaming that I'd ever fall

One night I spent all my money
Nothing was left to be seen
All I needed to beat them
Was one card an' it was a Queen
Th cards was dealt all 'round th table
Each man took a card on th draw
I drew th one that did beat them
I turned it an' here's what I saw

I saw my Mother's picture
Somehow it seemed to say,
Son, you have broken your promise
I tossed th card away
My winins I give to th newsboy
For I knew I was wrong from th start
I'll never forget th promise
To th Mother, th Queen of my heart