“I Cannot Call Her Mother (The Marriage Rite is Over; The Stepmother)”
Author: Henry Harrison
Earliest date: 1855 (date of composition)
Found in: US(So)
"The marriage rite is over," and the children have seen their father take a new wife. Their mother's picture is replaced by the pretty new girl's. The child "could not call her mother." She calls herself an orphan; "God gave us but one mother."
I Cannot Call Her Mother (The Marriage Rite is Over; The Stepmother)
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From Fred W. Allsopp, Folklore of Romantic Arkansas, Volume II,
p. 202. From the author's own recollection.
The marriage rites are over,
Although I turned aside
To keep the guests from seeing
The tears I could not hide.
I'll wreathe my face in smiles,
And take my little brother,
I'll greet my father's chosen,
But I will not call her mother.
(1 additional stanza)
- Bradley Kincaid, "I Cannot Call Her Mother" (Supertone 9565, 1929; Champion 15968, 1930 [as Dan Hughey])
- [Roy Harvey and the] North Carolina Ramblers "I Cannot Call Her Mother" (Silvertone 5181 [as The Three Kentucky Serenaders], 1927; Supertone 9246/Silvertone 8147, 1928)
- Charlie Poole and the North Carolina Ramblers, "I Cannot Call Her Mother" (Columbia 15307-D, 1928)
- Randolph 726, "The Stepmother" (3 texts, 1 tune)
- Rorrer, p. 79, "I Cannot Call Her Mother" (1 text)
- Huntington-Whalemen, pp. 298-299, "I Can Not Call Her Mother" (1 text, 1 tune)
- cf. Gardner/Chickering, p. 482, "The Stepmother" (source notes only)
- ADDITIONAL: Fred W. Allsopp, Folklore of Romantic Arkansas, Volume II (1931), pp. 201-202, "(The Stepmother)" (1 short text)
- ST R726 (Partial)
- Roud #2091
- BI, R726