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Back through the years
I go wonderin once again
Back to the seasons of my youth
I recall a box of rags that someone gave us
And how my momma put the rags to use
There were rags of many colors
Every piece was small
And I didn't have a coat
And it was way down in the fall
Momma sewed the rags together
Sewin every piece with love
She made my coat of many colors
That I was so proud of
As she sewed, she told a story
From the bible, she had read
About a coat of many colors
Joseph wore and then she said
Perhaps this coat will bring you
Good luck and happiness
And I just couldnt wait to wear it
And momma blessed it with a kiss

My coat of many colors
That my momma made for me
Made only from rags
But I wore it so proudly
Although we had no money
I was rich as I could be
In my coat of many colors
My momma made for me

So with patches on my britches
Holes in both my shoes
In my coat of many colors
I hurried off to school
Just to find the others laughing
And making fun of me
In my coat of many colors
My momma made for me

And oh I couldnt understand it
For I felt I was rich
And I told them of the love
My momma sewed in every stitch
And I told em all the story
Momma told me while she sewed
And how my coat of many colors
Was worth more than all their clothes

But they didn't understand it
And I tried to make them see
That one is only poor
Only if they choose to be
Now I know we had no money
But I was rich as I could be
In my coat of many colors
My momma made for me
Made just for me

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    UnregisteredSep 2, 2014 at 1:39 am
    I was the youngest of thirteen children, and new clothes were never bought but made by our mother. She even took an old coat one year to make me a coat and snow pants. The kids in my school laughed at me but I was warm and knew that my mother made this set for me with love and just wanted me to stay warm. Love is everything and will last even when the person is gone, money only lasts for a short time.
  • U
    UnregisteredMar 25, 2014 at 7:45 am
    You might have all that money but still you got no joy in your heart,
    but when Dolly sung this song she was trying to bring out the meaning that even though her momma had no enough money or wealth to buy her a dress, she could remember the day her momma made her a nice cloth out rags with different colors.
    She tried to make people understand that even though one is poor they can still find a way out no matter the difficult situation they are passing through.
    Doll7y felt that she was very rich like in her song because at the utmost end she was lacking nothing.
    Also I feel this song very inspiring because when you have many problems and you are going through a hard situation very less people understand and sometimes no one actually understands whatever it is and finally they end up making you feel unloved, isolated and depressed. All the same Dolly is trying to communicate that you become what you make yourself. If you let people see you depressed you will end up becoming a victim of depression Dolly was happy no matter how hard the situation was,
    say at home and also in school. Always feel proud of your background be cause you can change it!
  • U
    UnregisteredApr 8, 2012 at 11:04 pm
    I was the third child and wore hand me downs until I got older and was proud to have one dress that I liked but other children made fun of me because of the red hair and freckles. We still made it though. I never gave up and always asked and keep asking for his help.
  • U
    UnregisteredJan 19, 2012 at 7:33 am
    Wow my mom just died a few days ago and I'm doin the same thing-gonna have a memorial and I'm going to perform it one last time.
    Mom and I sang that song every year for the last 35 at the holidays.
    I'm 45 now, and I will be hard pressed to not cry every year on the holidays forever more. She is in heaven fer sher-and each year ill play it and she will hear it.

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