If You See My Mother

DESCRIPTION: "If you see my mother, partner, tell her pray for me, I got life on the river...." "They 'cuse me o' murder, Never harmed a man." The singer bemoans the hard work on the prison, and asks a dead man to lighten his burden
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1964 (recorded from Mack Maze by Jackson)
KEYWORDS: homicide accusation lie prison hardtimes mother floatingverses
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Jackson-WakeUpDeadMan, pp. 79-80, "If You See My Mother" (1 text, 1 tune)
Roud #18889
NOTES [31 words]: Almost every word of this has a parallel in other songs (so many and so various that it seems hopeless even to try to cross-reference them all), but the combination seems to be unique. - RBW
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File: JDM079

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