Mama never seemed to miss the finer things of life
If she did she never did say so to daddy
She never wanted to be more than a mother and a wife
If she did she never did say so to daddy
The only thing that seemed to be important to her life
Was to make our house a home and make us happy
Mama never wanted any more than what she had
If she did she never did say so to daddy
He often left her all alone but she didn't mind the staying home
If she did she never did say so to daddy
And she never missed the flowers and the cards he never sent her
If she did she never did say so to daddy
Being took for granted was a thing that she accepted
And she didn't need those things to make her happy
And she didn't seem to notice that he didn't kiss and hold her
If she did she never did say so to daddy
One morning we awoke just to find a note
That mama carfully wrote and left to daddy
And as we began to read it
Our ears could not believe it
The words that she had written there to daddy
She said the kids are older now they don't need me very much
And I've gon in search of love I need so badly
I have needed you so long but I just can't keep holding on
She never meant to come back home
If she did she never did say so to daddy
Goodbye to daddy


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    General CommentThis song speaks very simply and beautifully, about a woman flight to freedom, breaking through chains, and giving up her past for her future.But the way the story is told is marvellously indirect. The characters in the story never express their emotions directly to you. It is always through someone else's point of view that you imagine the story.

    It is obviously narrated by the daughter of son of the main character. the woman's actual emotions are never revealed from her point of view. In terms of language and words used there is no overdose of emotion or melodrama, but a quiet understated gently poignant tone tells the story. The use of this sort of third person narrative is wonderfully effective in making the listener think about what the protagonist must actually be going through. It doesn't forcefeed the story to the listener, but encourages the listener to find thier own ways to the meaning, eventually making the song a more personal experience for each on of us. The restrained tone of the language, is complemented beautifully by emmylou's voice, which provides the soulfulness, brings out the nuances and leaves me always, with a lump in my throat.

    Mama, of course manages to say goodbye...what leaves me pondering the most is the voice of the child. Is the child glad for mama...or is the child grieving the loss of her mama? It sort of mixed, the way I see it. That is why, though i'm cheering Mama's departure and women lib all the way...this nostalgic song leaves me a touch sad for the kids...who describe these events with naivete. The children's emotions are never expressed throughout the song. and it leaves you wondering.

    now...for an interesting comparison...check out shawn colvin's Sunny Came Home link on this site.Its another song about a woman liberating herself...self discovery plays an important role there too. But she's had a harder/ more traumatic past...and the resolution is violent.
    midsummer_museon June 19, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThis song speaks very simply and beautifully, about a woman flight to freedom, breaking through chains, and giving up her past for her future.But the way the story is told is marvellously indirect. The characters in the story never express their emotions directly to you. It is always through someone else's point of view that you imagine the story.

    It is obviously narrated by the daughter of son of the main character. the woman's actual emotions are never revealed from her point of view. In terms of language and words used there is no overdose of emotion or melodrama, but a quiet understated gently poignant tone tells the story. The use of this sort of third person narrative is wonderfully effective in making the listener think about what the protagonist must actually be going through. It doesn't forcefeed the story to the listener, but encourages the listener to find thier own ways to the meaning, eventually making the song a more personal experience for each on of us. The restrained tone of the language, is complemented beautifully by emmylou's voice, which provides the soulfulness, brings out the nuances and leaves me always, with a lump in my throat.

    Mama, of course manages to say goodbye...what leaves me pondering the most is the voice of the child. Is the child glad for mama...or is the child grieving the loss of her mama? It sort of mixed, the way I see it. That is why, though i'm cheering Mama's departure and women lib all the way...this nostalgic song leaves me a touch sad for the kids...who describe these events with naivete. The children's emotions are never expressed throughout the song. and it leaves you wondering.

    now...for an interesting comparison...check out shawn colvin's Sunny Came Home link on this site.Its another song about a woman liberating herself...self discovery plays an important role there too. But she's had a harder/ more traumatic past...and the resolution is violent.
    midsummer_museon June 19, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song speaks very simply and beautifully, about a woman flight to freedom, breaking through chains, and giving up her past for her future.But the way the story is told is marvellously indirect. The characters in the story never express their emotions directly to you. It is always through someone else's point of view that you imagine the story.

    It is obviously narrated by the daughter of son of the main character. the woman's actual emotions are never revealed from her point of view. In terms of language and words used there is no overdose of emotion or melodrama, but a quiet understated gently poignant tone tells the story. The use of this sort of third person narrative is wonderfully effective in making the listener think about what the protagonist must actually be going through. It doesn't forcefeed the story to the listener, but encourages the listener to find thier own ways to the meaning, eventually making the song a more personal experience for each on of us. The restrained tone of the language, is complemented beautifully by emmylou's voice, which provides the soulfulness, brings out the nuances and leaves me always, with a lump in my throat.

    Mama, of course manages to say goodbye...what leaves me pondering the most is the voice of the child. Is the child glad for mama...or is the child grieving the loss of her mama? It sort of mixed, the way I see it. That is why, though i'm cheering Mama's departure and women lib all the way...this nostalgic song leaves me a touch sad for the kids...who describe these events with naivete. The children's emotions are never expressed throughout the song. and it leaves you wondering.

    now...for an interesting comparison...check out shawn colvin's Sunny Came Home link on this site.Its another song about a woman liberating herself...self discovery plays an important role there too. But she's had a harder/ more traumatic past...and the resolution is violent.
    midsummer_museon June 19, 2003   Link

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