Biscuits & Jam with Holly Williams

Watch Holly Williams perform "Mama" during her Biscuits & Jam concert at our Nashville Idea House.

SHOW TRANSCRIPT

Mama, your stage is ready for you. I'm gonna have a background vocalist. You're all family, people, it seems like so I thought I'd bring my mom up here tonight to sing with me. This song is written for her. Her name is Rebecca [unk]. She's from a little town called Mer Rouge, Louisiana, and she married my dad in 1977 right before he kind of blew up into superstardom. My dad is Hank Williams Jr. for any of you who may not know, and I love my daddy but she put up with some stuff. I would say the other word but there's kids around and when they split up she never brought any drama on the kids. She never made us feel like we had the tears between them or said nasty things or made us feel like we were in the middle which is such an amazing graceful way to handle things. I can't imagine how she did it and she saved me thousands of dollars in therapy very likely by acting, so mature and womanly. So this is my thank you song to her. It was the single off the last record and she also sing on Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow To Be Cowboys which is pretty cool. So here she is; this is Mama. -You could've been bitter, you could've hated him. You could've talked about the whiskey and the women. He could've done better, but you loved him anyhow. Then you taught us all the power of forgiveness. Mama, you were smiling when you could've been crying all night. Oh, mama you made me believe everything was alright. Oh, mama, you never wore your pain too thick. I'd like to thank you for this. Well, you could've fought, you could've cut him down to shame. You could've told us that our daddy didn't want us. But that wasn't true, and you knew it all along. It was a struggle between the road and loving you. Oh, mama, you were smiling when you could've been crying all night. Mama, you made me believe everything was alright. Oh, mama, you never wore your pain too thick. I'd like to thank you for this. You did more good for me than you will ever know. I've seen mothers fill their children's hearts with hate. But you knew better than to drag me down with you. You let me love my daddy just the same. Oh mama, you were smiling when you could've been crying all night. Oh, mama, you made me believe everything was alright. Oh, mama, you never wore your pain too thick. I'd like to thank you for this. Oh I'd like to thank you for this. Thanks to Ms. Becky.
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