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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"

[Chorus]

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"

[Chorus]
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written by RICK MEDLOCKE, HUGH EDWARD THOMASSON, HUGHIE THOMASSON, GARY ROSSINGTON, JOHNNY VAN ZANT
Lyrics © BUG MUSIC, THE BICYCLE MUSIC COMPANY, WINDSWEPT HOLDINGS LLC