Pickin' That Cotton
To my mother: Linda Dean / Thanks for your
Hush now child! Pickin' that cotton, wasn't all that
Don't you be embarrassed for me, that was the only
skill I had.
Hush now child! Pickin' that cotton wasn't
very hard for me to do,
the biggest problem I saw - is I
only had one raggedy shoe!
Pickin' that cotton, it made me
just what I am today,
So you betta' stop that cryin'..you
shouldn't have much to say!
Masta' thought pickin' that
cotton would eventually make me frown,
What he didn't
realize is that nothin' I did ever broke me down!
child, songs of glory, that's what filled my little old
That's the only way that my days got off to a good
Lookin' up in the big blue sky, knowing God was
watching over me,
I knew a day would come, and me pickin'
cotton...it just wouldn't be!
Yo' mamma' and yo'
pappa'..they didn't do what I did to get ahead,
they got a
good education..so you'd have a place to lay yo' head.
hush now child! Pickin' cotton, yeah that was done back in the
I bent over backwards, tired and hurtin' so you won't
do it today!
So you lift yo' head, stand up tall, it's time
for you to wake up,
you betta' understand and recognize
this family don't ever give up!
Cathryn LaVern Smith