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Red Sovine - Roses For Mama (Country Music Greats)

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Best of Red Sovine (1995) - "Roses for Mama" is a song recorded and by both country music artists Red Sovine and C.W. McCall, and was a top 5 hit for McCall in 1977. The song was also covered in German language by Austrian singer Johnny Hill.
Woodrow Wilson Sovine (July 7, 1917 – April 4, 1980), better known as Red Sovine, was an American country music singer associated with truck driving songs, particularly those recited as narratives but set to music. The most famous example was his 1976 number one hit "Teddy Bear".
Well, I had two weeks vacation comin'
So I thought I'd drive down to Florida
Spend some time with an old friend, date a few girls
Make a few parties, and just kinda live it up again

So I packed up my car and then I called my Mom in Tennessee
And told her what I planned to do
She said, "Son, are you comin' by?" And I said, "Mom, I'm
Really pushed for time, but I'll see you in a week or two"

And I was drivin' through this little town in Georgia
When I remembered today's Mama's birthday
Well, I thought I'll just stop and wire some flowers
Shouldn't take too long, then I'll be on my way

So I walked in a flower shop and the first thing I saw
Was this little boy, with his eyes full a' tears
I said, "What's wrong, son?" He said, "Mama loves roses
And today's her birthday and I haven't seen her in almost a year"

Roses for mama
Today's her birthday
Roses for mama
Today's her birthday

He said, "I live with Grandma now
But I promised mama some roses, 'cause I talk to her all the time
I wanted to give her five, 'cause that's how old I am
But the lady said I couldn't buy 'em with just a dime"

Well, the little fella's story kind a' touched my heart
So I told the lady to give him what he wanted and charge it to me
Then I told her I needed to wire
A dozen roses to my mama, up in Chapel Hill, Tennessee

I looked around and the little boy was gone
But all of a sudden the door flew open
And he come runnin' back in and he said
"Mister, I forgot to thank you for the roses"
He smiled, he shook my hand, and ran back out again

Well, I started on out of town
And I was feelin' real proud of myself for thinkin' of my mama
And really carin', when I looked out the window and I saw
That same little boy, kneelin', by a grave in an old cement
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