Call Your Mother, Cherish A Memory If Mom Is Gone




No. 1 West 

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Melba Montgomery performing No Charge with Brian Sklar and Prairie Fire live on No. 1 West circa 1990.  The Prairie Fire Band features Rob Anderson on steel Guitar, Brian Pederson on Bass, Rod Janzen on guitar and Rick Reynolds on drums. Joining the band for No. 1 West are guest musicians Freddie Pelletier on guitar, Gil Campbell on keyboards, Donnie Parenteau on fiddle and back up vocalists Maple Sugar (Muriel Samson, Pat Martens and Marg Yungwirth).



My little boy came into the kitchen this evenin’
While I was fixin’ supper
And he handed me a piece of paper he’d been writin’ on
And after wipin’ my hands on my apron
I read it – and this is what it said:

For mowin’ the yard – five dollars
And for makin’ my own bed this week – one dollar
And for goin’ to the store – fifty cents
An’ playin’ with little brother, while you went shoppin’ – twenty-five
Takin’ out the trash – one dollar
Gettin’ a good report card – five dollars
And for rakin’ the yard – two dollars
Total owed – fourteen seventy-five.

Well, I looked at ‘im standin’ there expectantly
And a thousand mem’ries flashed through my mind
So I picked up the pen, turnin’ the paper over,
This is what I wrote:

For nine months I carried you
Growin’ inside me – NO CHARGE
For the nights I’ve sat up with you,
Doctored you, prayed for you – NO CHARGE
For the time and the tears.
And the cost through the years, there’s NO CHARGE
When you add it all up.
The full cost of my love is NO CHARGE.

For the nights filled with dread
And the worries ahead – NO CHARGE
For advice and the knowledge
And the cost of your college – NO CHARGE
For the toys, food and clothes and for wipin’ your nose
There’s NO CHARGE, son
When you add it all up,
The full cost of my love, is – NO CHARGE.

Well, when he finished readin’
He had great big old tears in his eyes
And he looked up at me and he said,
“Mama, I sure do love you.”
Then he took the pen,
And in great big letters
He wrote: “PAID IN FULL.”

When you add it all up
The cost of real love is – NO CHARGE.

From: “oldtimer”

Songwriters: Harlan Howard

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