Mother Knows Best

Today’s post was written by Paul.

Pig with scroll

Thanks for tuning into our story song series. We’ll be collaborating with some other musicians in some of our videos, but to get this year’s series started, we’re starting simple with a cautionary tale that I heard on an old Mac Wiseman LP when I was a kid.

I believe that when I first started the story song series, I mentioned Mac as someone who recorded many narrative songs, so I guess it’s time to pull one from him.

Mac seemed to love to play his guitar in A major and E major positions and to make runs on the top two strings, so I tried to include some of that sound. I always thought it was interesting that he used a Yamaha guitar for most of his career, rather than the typical Martin employed in bluegrass. He has had an interesting career, seemingly a part of two genres (country and bluegrass).

In the third installment for this year’s series, I’ll share another one I learned from Mac, which I think could almost serve as a sequel to this one, at least in one sense (you’ll see later).

This song, “Mother Knows Best,” may have crossed my mind because I read in the paper a couple of weeks ago where one of my best friends from high school was arrested on some pretty serious drug charges. He was one of the most charismatic, funny, athletic, and befriending people I’ve ever met, but now he’s behind bars for the choices that he made. I have been trying to “visit’ him online this week, just to let him know that I’m thinking and praying about him, but so far, I haven’t been able to make contact. I never really knew his mother or dad. Did they try to stop him from the path that he took, like the crying mother in this song? I don’t know, but I would hazard a guess that there were probably many voices around him who gave him good, albeit unheeded advice. However, it’s not too late for him, and I’ll be praying he can get things turned around with the help of the Lord.

I hope you enjoyed the first song of our annual story song series. Follow the links below to listen to some of my other music.

Original singles released on Spotify.

Original singles on YouTube.

Shepherd of My Soul (Album released in 2016).


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  • Reply
    March 8, 2022 at 5:20 pm

    Paul has the most beautiful voice.

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      Jackie kitchen
      March 20, 2022 at 8:29 am

      Love your writing. They have real life meaning.

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    March 6, 2022 at 2:12 pm

    Paul’s singing and playing are always a delight.

    Mac Wiseman wrote some really great songs, but I think I prefer Merle Haggard’s “Mama Tried’ to it. In fact, I like it so well I made a ring tone fof it or my smartphone.

    Looking forward to more from Paul.

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    Kenneth Ryan
    March 6, 2022 at 2:02 pm

    Good job, Paul.

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    Ron Bass
    March 6, 2022 at 9:49 am

    Great post, thanks.
    I may not be correct but I believe today Blind Pig and the Acorn is 14 years old.
    Happy Birthday!!!

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    March 6, 2022 at 8:37 am

    Paul that was awesome playing and singing as usual. I also loved Granny’s introduction “Once Upon a Time.” Good loving Mother’s do know best and it is a wise child that realizes it and follows it. Many story songs are sad but they certainly relay the story of taking the wrong path and the consequences of that choice.

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    Ron Stephens
    March 6, 2022 at 8:35 am

    To me, that song is about regret. Regret for not taking to heart what was taught, regret for letting down their Mother, regret for opportunities lost and gone forever, regret for the inability to go back and fix what was broken, regret for years lost and on and on. As one of our American poets wrote, “Of all words of tongue or pin, the saddest are these, it might have been.” Guess each of us have regrets, things we would change if we could go back. I know I do. But since we can’t change the past we can only fix as best we can and reconcile ourselves to what we cannot. Sometimes that reconciliation is a long and hard brought battle.

    So right that story songs remind us of our fellowship in the human condition. As the saying has it, “There, but for the grace of God, go I.”

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    Martha Justice
    March 6, 2022 at 7:38 am

    Blessed by the beautiful music and singing ❤

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    donna sue
    March 6, 2022 at 6:47 am

    Paul did really great singing and playing this song. I love this Story Song Month that he does. Every song ever written has a message that it is conveying, even if it is simply a method of learning the ABCs. But the story songs are more than that. They are like a mini movie or a quick audio book. I like how they get the imagination going.

    Donna. : )

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