Holy Mother of God

Written by CA Roth arranged by Ring of Kerry
Solo section is Guilder’s Reel a traditional Irish fiddle tune
2012

Holy mother of God it’s me here on my knees
A wretched man indeed
But it’s not for myself I pray
For me it’s far too late
It’s for my darlin’ Kate
Not deserving of her fate
Half orphaned at tender three
Oh she’s left here on her own and all alone
Since her mother is in the clay

She’s stuck with a scoundrel dad
I’m a drunkard and a cad
I’ve been drinkin’ each night and day
Since her mother is in the sod
I’ll steal and I’ll rob and I cannot hold a job
To put the food on her plate
What will become of my darlin’ Kate
Well she’s left here on her own and all alone
A pitiful ward of the state

 Chorus

Where in the world is my darlin’ girl
Blue eyes and curls and curls in her golden hair
Holy Mother of God from this jail cell on my knees
Oh hear this prayer protect my darlin’ please 

 Music interlude Guilders Reel

Now for my evil deeds the county court decreed
Twenty to life locked away from all society
A righteous sentence served and just what I deserved
But justice cuts a two edged sword when the innocent have to pay
Now she’s left here on her own and all alone
Since her mother is in the clay
A pitiful ward of the state
Now her daddy has been locked away

 Chorus