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What's your mama's name child
What's your mama's name

Thirty some odd years ago a young man came to Memphis
Asking 'bout a rose that use to blossom in his world
People never took the time to mind the young man's questions
Until one day they heard him ask a little green eyed girl

What's your mama's name child What's your mama's name
Does she ever talk about a place called New Orleans
Has she ever mentioned a man named Buford Wilson
What's your mama's name child What's your mama's name

Twenty some odd years ago a drunkard down in Memphis
Lost a month of life and labored to the county jail
Just because he asked a little green eyed girl a question
And offered her a nickels worth of candy if she'd tell

A year and some odd days ago an old man died in Memphis
Just another wayward soul the county had to claim
Inside the old mans ragged coat they found a faded letter
It said you have a daughter and her eyes are Wilson green

What's your mama's name child What's your mama's name
Does she ever talk about a place called New Orleans
Has she ever mentioned a man named Buford Wilson
What's your mama's name child What's your mama's name

What's your mama's name child
What's your mama's name



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  • MaCatJr
    MaCatJrJun 20, 2012 at 2:22 pm
    He got a letter from a woman he had loved and he tried to do the right thing by trying to find her and marrying her and give the child a father. No one would listen to him until they thought he was doing something really bad, then they didn't listen at all, just threw him in jail. He spent his whole life searching for the woman and his daughter and died without finding either one. So sad.

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