The Flattops Wilderness area outside of Oak Creek,CO

5/12/13

To Mothers Everywhere

Same as last year and the year before that. The post for this day will never change.

Pauline wrote
I saw 'Je dois tout a ma mère' painted on a taxi bumper today. I owe my mother everything. Mothers are held in high esteem -- a woman who has never borne a child is a disgrace to womanhood. Street boys will say 'la vieille mère' to impart their respect. It took some time getting used to that. Old Mother. What if they tried that in Europe?

That reminded me of the song Sweet Mother below that had the power to literally stop crowds in their tracks to dance if it was played. Mothers are very important in West Africa and Prince Nico hammered the essence of that in the middle 70's.

Oh Sweet Mother I no go forget you oh as I am missing mine just now.

Happy Mother's Day




By Prince Nico Mbarga
1976

Sweet mother I no go forget you
for the suffer wey you suffer for me.
Sweet mother I no go forget you
for the suffer wey you suffer for me.

When I dey cry, my mother go carry me--she go say,
my pikin [1] wetin you dey cry ye, ye,
stop stop, stop stop make you no cry again oh."

When I won sleep, my mother go pet me,
she go lie me well well for bed,
she cover me cloth, sing me to sleep,
"sleep sleep my pikin oh."

When I dey hungry, my mother go run up and down.
she go find me something when I go chop [2] oh.

Sweet mother I no go forget you for the suffer wey you suffer for me

When I dey sick, my mother go cry, cry, cry,
she go say instead when I go die make she die.

O, she go beg God,
"God help me, God help, my pikin oh."

If I no sleep, my mother no go sleep,
if I no chop, my mother no go chop, she no dey tire oh.

Sweet mother I no go forget you,
for the suffer wey you suffer for me.

You fit get another wife, you fit get another husband,
but you fit get another mother? No!

And if I forget you, therefore I forget my life and the air I breathe.

And then on to you men, forget, verily, forget your mother,
for if you forget your mother you've lost your life.

12 comments:

  1. Nice post. Fun/happy music...does make a person wanna dance!

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  2. Me too! I think I always will.

    Linda
    http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com
    http://deltacountyhistoricalsociety.wordpress.com

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  3. Thanks girls. Was at the Gila Cliff Dwellings for over two days and came into Silver City to get food and am headed out to the state park. Will spend most of the day in town tomorrow.

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  4. Hey One Fly, we will be traveling to Colorado in June. My husband wants to do some fishing. Contact me. Cats r Flyfishn

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    1. Please send me your e-mail address cats.

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    2. or get mine off my profile.

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  5. "A mother who has never borne a child is a disgrace " ?

    Jebus, there are 7 billion people on the planet.

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  6. This sng became popular 40 years ago - there were only 6 bil then.

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  7. Good melody and touching words in praise of "sweet mother"! The song suits mothers everywhere in the world.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  8. Thanks Duta and that's the way it is in West Africa anyway.

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  9. True Words .I thought about my Late Mum while reading+listening.Thank You For That......

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