Jon Barker
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Rock - Easy Listening | Nottinghamshire, England, United Kingdom
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Song Description

Everybody has a Mother. And at some time or other, that Mother has to ?pass over.? I have met people whose lives are shattered when this happens, they never regain their confidence and can even end up on the streets. Other people deal with the loss in a stoic way. However one deals with it, this song is about all the good things embodied in a Mother. And how, in spite of being in a different place, that maternal bond is never cut.

Story Behind the Song

IN MY MOTHER?S EYES was written in the summer of 2000. In mid-July I was invited to a very fancy party in London. I drank expensive champagne, ate some awful looking exotic canapés and laughed and joked with the ?great and the good.? My former partner would have loved the party, but it wasn?t really my kind of bash. However, I stayed until after 1a.m. then made my way back to Victoria train station. Realising that there was again no one to go home to, I sat for 20 minutes or so on a bench in Oxford Street. From behind me a warm and friendly Irish voice said, ?Son, would you like a drink?? There behind me was a homeless man sat in a shop doorway. He had been watching me. Thinking how rude it would be not to take a drink from someone who had virtually nothing, I accepted his offer & sat with him in the doorway drinking warm Guinness. His name was Peter, he was articulate, witty and neither had, nor expected, any self-pity. We talked for hours. I asked him how he came to be living on the street? He told me that he just couldn?t get his life together since the death of his Mother, a number of years before. I still look for him every time I am in London. Also that Summer I invited Michael, a great friend of mine, on a cruise on which I was doing a couple of shows. I knew that Michael?s Mother had been unwell for some time. Sadly, during the cruise, she passed away. Michael had helped me through the initial trauma of losing my partner but this time I found myself a shoulder for him to cry on. Through his tears he said to me, ?she was the only one who really knew me.? On my return, I set about writing a new musical called ?Street Life Serenade? (?borrowed? from the Billy Joel song title). I constructed a plot and 8 characters and wrote 3 songs. The fourth song I wrote was ?In My Mother?s Eyes.? I owe this song to by dear friend Michael, whom I still see regularly, and to Jackie and Peter, wherever you both are?

Lyrics

IN MY MOTHER?S EYES

Music and lyrics Jon Barker © 2006 Dotsnadpix ltd.
Not a single day goes by without my thinking of her,
In a word, or a phrase, or a fragrance on the breeze,
Not a single day goes by without my wondering,
Why the Lord took her away, why He took her away.
Leaving me with memories,
Though the memories are few,
She was the only one who knew me.

In my Mother?s eyes, I was an angel,
In my Mother?s eyes, I was all a child could be,
In my Mother?s eyes, I could see dreams floating by,
In my Mother?s eyes, there were only tears of joy.
Eyes that shined for me, bright as the sun,
Eyes that could only see the good in everyone.
And my Mother?s eyes, they could see through me,
No sense hiding lies from eyes I adored,
And as long as I live,
There?s nothing I wouldn?t give
To see my Mother?s eyes once more.

In my Mother?s eyes, there was such pride in me,
In my Mother?s eyes, I could do no wrong,
In my Mother?s eyes there was such wisdom,
In my Mother?s eyes, it was there that I belonged.
Eyes that shined for me,
Bright as the sun,
Eyes that could only see the good in everyone.

In my Mother?s eyes, she understood me,
Like no other eyes could ever see,
Ask no questions, tell no lies,
I can feel my Mother?s eyes,
Still watching, still watching, still watching,
Over me.

Song Length
4:29
Genre
Pop - Easy Listening
Tempo / Feel
Slow (71 - 90)
Lead Vocal
Male Vocal
Moods
Heartbreaking, Moving

Subject Matter
Mother

Language
English
Era
2000 and later

Lyric Credits Jon Barker
Music Credits Jon Barker
Producer Credits Chris Traves
Performance Credits Piano & Vocal Jon Barker
Label Credits Dots and Pix Ltd