How often do you get to hear a song from a record made in 1916?

My dad has a fabulous memory for old songs that he learned growing up, and over the years he has shared some of them with us. This one I hadn’t heard before, but he shared with me in an email on Mother’s Day. Pretty cute song. Even more fun to hear the old record and singing style!


“M” is for the million things she gave me,
“O” means only that she’s growing old,
“T” is for the tears she shed to save me,
“H” is for her heart of purest gold;
“E” is for her eyes, with love-light shining,
“R” means right, and right she’ll always be,
Put them all together, they spell “MOTHER,”
A word that means the world to me.

(Victor Records 17913 – Recorded 11/17/1915 – Release Date: 2/1916 – Music and words by Howard Johnson & Theo. Morse.
US Billboard 1 – Feb 1916)

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