I Dreamed About Mama Last Night
Johnny Cash

I Dreamed About Mama Last Night

I've just been to heaven with someone so true
I dreamed about mama last night
She read me the bible like she used to do
I dreamed about mama last night

She never closed her eyes and sleep till we were all in bed
And on party nights till we came home she often sat and read
We little thought about it then for we were young and gay
Just how much mama worried when we children were away

We only knew she never slept and when we were out at night
That she waited just to know that we would all come home alright
Why sometimes when we'd stay away till one or two or three
It seems to us that mama heard the turning of the key

For always when we'd step inside she'd call and we'd reply
But we were all too young back then to understand the reason why
Until the last one had returned she'd always keep a light
For mama couldn't sleep until she'd kissed us all goodnight

She had to know that we were safe before she went to rest
But she seemed to fear the world might harm
The ones that she loved the best
And once she said "When you're grown to women and to men
Perhaps 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 care
That always when we got back home we'd find her waiting there
Then 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 light
That told that she'd just been waiting just to know that we were all alright
She smiled that old familiar smile and prayed to God to keep
Her children safe from harm then she went to sleep

My dream is a treasure that I'll always keep
I dreamed about mama last night