#03540
Rocking Alone In An Old Rocking Chair
(David Blackmore) video
#85 Sound Cloud video by David Blackmore
© 2015 ~ Used with permission ~

Sitting alone in an old rocking chair,
I saw an old lady with silvery hair;
She looked so neglected
by those who should care,
Rocking alone in an old rocking chair.

Her hands were all calloused, wrinkled and old,
A life of hard work was the story they told;
I thought of angels when I saw her there,
Rocking alone in an old rocking chair.

Bless her old heart do you think she complained,
Though life had been bitter she'd live it again,
And carry the cross that was
more than her share,
Rocking alone in an old rocking chair.

It wouldn't take much to gladden her heart,
Just some small remembrance
on somebody's part;
A letter would brighten her empty life there,
Rocking alone in an old rocking chair

I know some children in an orphan home,
Who'd think they'd own heaven
if she were their own;
They'd never be willing to let her sit there,
Rocking alone in an old rocking chair.

I look at her and I think what a shame,
The ones that forgot her
she still loves just the same;
And I think of angels when I see her there,
Rocking alone in an old rocking chair.

I look at her and I think what a shame,
The ones that forgot her
she still loves just the same;
And I think of angels when I see her there,
Rocking alone in an old rocking chair.
Rocking alone in an old rocking chair.

####.... Bob Miller [1895-1955] ©1932 ....####
From ASCAP:
This song has enjoyed periodic revivals ever since it was written as Rockin' Alone In An Old Rockin' Chair. Bob Miller was known for his creation during the nineteen-twenties and thirties of what he called Main Street Music, which included a good deal of social commentary and a number of mother songs like My Mother's Tears and Story Of A Dear Old Lady.

From The Marx Brothers Marxology - Chico Marx Orchestra: Bob Miller was born in Memphis, Tennessee, where he obtained a close acquaintance with southern melodies. In the early twenties Miller played the piano for a dance band called the Idlewild Orchestra, which performed on the steamer Idlewild on the Mississippi River. In 1928 he moved to New York where he worked as an arranger for the Irving Berlin Company before establishing his own musical concern, the Bob Miller Publishing Company. In the decades following the 1920s Miller produced scores of lucrative and lastingly popular compositions, including the well-known Eleven Cent Cotton And Forty Cent Meat, Twenty-One Years, a prison song which has inspired countless others, and the Second World War hit There's A Star Spangled Banner Waving Somewhere.

This variant was arranged and recorded by David Blackmore on his 2013 Somewhere Down The Road CD, Independent).


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