"Praise to My Mom and Dad"

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Lyrics

I was born in poverty; my father had no property,

No money to build us a home.

Everybody laughed at me; the patches were all over me,

No shoes on my feet when I roamed.

My mother tried to comfort me, she sacrificed her all for me,

To make me what I am today;

My Daddy did the same for me, and now they’re so proud of me

I feel so happy  today..

 

Chorus verse:

 

So now I sing this song of praise to my Mom and Dad.

God Bless them for all they have been.

They made me understand that life is worth living,

Though great are the troubles unseen.

All those who mocked at me and laughed at my misery,

I pray, God, forgive them their wrongs.

Somehow I pity them, O dear Lord, encourage them

To face life they way it should be.

 

Now I’m so happy, my sweet-heart beside me,

Brothers and sisters to love.

Praise to my Savior, who reigneth beyond

The moon and stars up above.

Praise to my mother, my father, my teachers,

My friends who have helped me along.

Bless them O Lord so they may be able

To see what is right from wrong. 

 

Chorus verse:

 

So now I sing this song of praise to my Mom and Dad.

God Bless them for all they have been.

They made me understand that life is worth living,

Though great are the troubles unseen.

All those who mocked at me and laughed at my misery,

I pray, God, forgive them their wrongs.

Somehow I pity them, O dear Lord, encourage them

To face life they way it should be.

 

Composed and set to music by

Chrisnah Prashad

February, 1970

© Chrisnah Prashad Jan. 2015

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Notes

This song is a reflection of my life. Being the eldest of 12 siblings it was indeed very difficult to get by without help from others and this song recognizes their influences as I grew up facing all the challenges of being poor. At a very young age I had to help my parents take care of the family working at dangerous jobs on weekends with my Dad to put bread on the table. I had no text books. Could not afford any so I borrowed from my willing friends, studied in the nights using just a hurricane lantern under a mosquito net.

I became a teacher at age 17 in 1963 having passed all the required examinations. I served my country in that capacity and as Head of school for over 28 years. Please read the BIO page for more details of my life and then you’ll understand how much this song means to me and my family. Look out for more great songs to come out soon and thanks for sharing.