I've just been to heaven with someone so trueI dreamed about mama last nightShe read me the bible like she used to doI dreamed about mama last night
She never closed her eyes and sleep till we were all in bedAnd on party nights till we came home she often sat and readWe little thought about it then for we were young and gayJust how much mama worried when we children were away
We only knew she never slept and when we were out at nightThat she waited just to know that we would all come home alrightWhy sometimes when we'd stay away till one or two or threeIt seems to us that mama heard the turning of the key
For always when we'd step inside she'd call and we'd replyBut we were all too young back then to understand the reason whyUntil the last one had returned she'd always keep a lightFor mama couldn't sleep until she'd kissed us all goodnight
She had to know that we were safe before she went to restBut she seemed to fear the world might harmThe ones that she loved the bestAnd once she said "When you're grown to women and to menPerhaps I'll sleep the whole night through it may be different then"
And so it seemed that night and day we knew a mother's careThat always when we got back home we'd find her waiting thereThen came the night when we were called together 'round her bed"The children are all with you now," the kindly doctor said
And in her eyes there gleamed again that old time tender lightThat told that she'd just been waiting just to know that we were all alrightShe smiled that old familiar smile and prayed to God to keepHer children safe from harm then she went to sleep
My dream is a treasure that I'll always keepI dreamed about mama last night