‘The Sweetest Gift’

Virgie, a resident at Somerset Court of Mocksville in Mocksville, N.C., reminisces as she sings a song she remembers from her childhood. The song ‘The Sweetest Gift’ was written by J.B. Coats has been adapted by artists like The Judds and Trisha Yearwood. The song was covered by Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris on Dolly Parton’s Variety Show in 1976, and a clip of that performance is heard at the end of Virgie’s version in this audio file.

Lyrics:

One day a mother went to a prison
To see an erring but precious son
She told the warden how much she loved him
It did not matter what he had doneShe did not bring to him a parole or pardon
She brought no silver, no pomp or style
It was a halo bright sent down from heaven’s light
The sweetest gift, a mother’s smileShe left a smile you can remember
She’s gone to heaven from heartaches free
Those walls around you could never change her
You were her baby and e’er will beShe did not bring to him a parole or pardon
She brought no silver, no pomp or style
It was a halo bright sent down from heaven’s light
The sweetest gift, a mother’s smileShe did not bring to him a parole or pardon
She brought no silver, no pomp or style
It was a halo bright sent down from heaven’s light
The sweetest gift, a mother’s smile
The sweetest gift, a mother’s smile

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