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George Jessel - "MY MOTHER'S EYES" (1929)

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"My Mother's Eyes" sung by George JesselFrom the film "Lucky Boy", 1929Lyrics: L. Wolfe GilbertMusic: Abel BaerRecorded on Victor 21852, Jan. 18, 1929Having Missed out on "The Jazz Singer," Jessel was starred in a low budget imitation, "Lucky Boy," in which he played the son of a poor watchmaker who finally made good on the stage. Like many films of the transitional period (between silent and sound) this picture is largely silent, except for afew dialogue and musical sequences and no less than four renditions of "My Mother's Eyes," the most popular song associated with this comedian.

Lyrics for "My Mother's Eyes"

Back in childhood days,
I can remember loving caresses all showered on me.
Mother's eyes would gaze at me so tender,
Whatwas their meaning? Now I can see.

One bright and guiding light,
That taught me wrong from right,
I found in my mother's eyes.
Those baby tales she told,
That road all paved with gold,
I found in my mother's eyes.

Just like a wandering sparrow,
One lonely soul.
I walk the straight and narrow,
Toreach my goal.
God's gift sent from above,
One real unselfish love,
I found in my mother's eyes.

And if I were hanging on the highest tree,
I know who's tears would come up to me,
My mother's.
And if I were drowned in the deepest sea,
I know who's tears would come down to me,
My mother's.
For the world may call you "failure,"
And the fates may grind you small.
But in the eyes of your mother,
You're as big and as great as them all.

Just like a wandering sparrow,
One lonely soul.
I walk the straight and narrow,
To reach my goal.
God's gift sent from above,
One real unselfish love,
I foundin my mother's eyes.

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