She'd wake us up early Every mornin' She'd help us say our prayers Every night She was always there to help us Through the hard times We could count on her To make everything alright
I remember swingin' on the front porch Papa said, there's somethin I need to say tonight Mama's been sick for a long time Let's pray to God She can make it through the night
[Chorus] "Mama don't wanna say goodbye" She said "Wipe those tears from your eyes" "Mama, I don't wanna say goodbye" It was written in the heavens And the skies above "Son, I gave you birth Showed you all my love" "I can't think of this life without you It's hard to try Mama, I'm afraid to say goodbye"
"Now kids I've been hangin' on a long time I hate to leave this world Before you're grown Remember everything That I've taught you Remember all the good times When I'm gone"
She whispered in my ear Before she passed away "Son, it's time to be a man Ain't nothin' left to say Jesus walked on water, I know it's true When it comes time, he'll call you home I hope you're ready too"