Songs I Love:
One of the most pleasant songs about mothers is My Mother's Eyes by Abel Baer and L. Wolfe Gilbert. It is from a film, Lucky Boy, screened in 1929. The lyrics are easy to remember with its rhyming couplet, One bright and guiding light, That taught me wrong from right and concluding refrain, I found in my mother's eyes. The song carries on with this formula, Those baby tales she told, That road all paved with gold, I found in my mother's eyes. Then the form changes with chorus:
Just like a wandering sparrow,
One lonely soul,
I walk the straight and narrow,
To reach my goal.
The song ends with, God's gift sent from above, A real unselfish love, I found in my mother's eyes.
Depending on who is carrying the song, the vocabulary varies a little. The present lyrics was Russ Hamilton's recording, ingrained a long time ago. There's also an introductory verse to the song, somehow not used by many singers, and it goes like this:
Back in childhood days,
I can remember loving caresses showered on me.
Mother's eyes would gaze at me so tender,
What was their meaning?
Now I can see.
Don't forget to check out the jazz clip below by Kenny Ball. Exactly half way through his Jazzmen take over and you won't believe it could be the same lullaby. You just wanna swing with them!
Singers and Instrumentalists who recorded, My Mother's Eyes:
The first lot includes, Frankie Valli, Tom Jones, Russ Hamilton, George Jessel, Ella Fitzgerald, The Mills Brothers, Etta Jones, Tab Smith, Kenny Ball and His Jazzmen, Lonnie Johnson, Kevin Coyne, Nellie Lutcher, Sydney Devine and David Newton.
It is a simple tune and should be taught to the children. Only five artistes recorded it. Tom Jones puts more soul in his voice and gives the song a new life. It's a personal choice.
There's also Nancy Sinatra, Roland Stone, Christine Tyrrell, Karl Denver, Linda Hopkins, The Royal Teens and many others.
Finally instrumental ones are by, Pete Rugolo and his Jazz Band, Harry Shalson and the Piccadilly Players, Joey Villa and The Twisters, Frank Guarante and His Orchestra and Jack Denny and His Orchestra. Then the final two, Sam Houston and Willie Nelson. So how many are there? There could be some more, who knows.
Folks, what gives. Does this one bring back memories. It was played everywhere in Singapore 60s. Yes, but mostly the Russ Hamilton pressing. Come on give us your take on this lullaby. Or is it a lullaby?
This posting is for all mums. A Happy Mother's Day!