Who Sang Mother’s Only Sleeping? Bill Monroe & James Monroe

James Monroe Father & Son cover art
Release information
Release Date: 1973
length: 2:54
producer: Walter Haynes
banjo: Jack Hicks
double bass: Monroe Fields
fiddle: Tommy Williams and Kenny Baker
guitar: James Monroe
lead vocals: Bill Monroe and James Monroe
mandolin: Bill Monroe
tenor vocals: Bill Monroe
Lyrics
Well, I left my old home back in the mountains
For mother and father had both passed away
We followed our mother up to the graveyard
For mother wews called to Heaven that day

Mother's not dead, she's only a-sleeping
Just patiently waiting for Jesus to come
The birds will be singing while mother is sleeping
They will sing o're her as the grave sinks a-way

Oh, how we miss her round the old home place
Everything seems so lonesome since she went away
Mother is sleeping way back in the mountains
Yes, Mother is sleeping way back in the hills

Mother's not dead, she's only a-sleeping
Just patiently waiting for Jesus to come
The birds will be singing while mother is sleeping
They will sing o're her as the grave sinks a-way

Tracklist
12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 I Haven’t Seen Mary in Years
  • 2 Love, Please Come Home
  • 3 When the Golden Leaves Begin to Fall
  • 4 Tall Pines
  • 5 Banks of the Ohio
  • 6 Mother’s Only Sleeping
  • 7 Foggy Mountain Top
  • 8 Walls of Time
  • 9 Bonny
  • 10 Sweetheart You Done Me Wrong
  • 11 What Would You Give in Exchange

  • Release information
    label: MCA Records
    script: Latin