#SongLyricsSunday: A Mom’s True Love for Mother’s Day

#SongLyricsSunday: A Mom’s True Love for Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful moms out there! Today’s SongLyricsSunday, bought to you by Jim at a Unique Title For Me, details a mom’s love for their child. This post was written four years but I love this song this so much that I reblogged it (and of course, edited!).

A Song From a Mother

“Thank You For My Child” starts off with a lento tempo. Only a series of triads and skeleton chords are played to support Riley during the first verse. The instrumentation rarely ever expands on those chords with the help of an 808 bass, Roland synthesizer, and electric piano. The instrumentation doesn’t gain memento until the last third of the song when the instruments play a little bit more of a recognizable melody. Though “Thank You For My Child” is at a slow tempo, one of my favorite parts of the song is when the electric piano plays a sweet chordal progression when the song briefly switches to a minor key during the first verse.

Riley’s vocals are one of the pinnacle points of “Thank You For My Child”. Her voice is smooth yet just the right of power needed for this song. It’s a perfect fit for this inspirational ballad as it isn’t overpowering the backing instrumentation. Its tone is pretty warm in order to help support and convey the song’s meaning in a motherly way. An example of this is found at the ending when Riley sings strong yet tender vocal runs.

The lyrics are another important point. It’s beautifully written as it told from a perspective of a single mother who cherishes and thanks to the man above for her precious child. It is such an inspiration to mothers and non-mothers alike as anyone can relate this warm and care to thank you letter.  Actually, the song, written by Bowlegged Lou, was a mid-tempo ballad about Lou’s experience with his wife’s complications during her first pregnancy.[1]

Moms, thank you for all what you do and loving your family unconditionally. You’re the true superheroes.

Lyrics From a Mom’s Heart

You came into my life
You just made everything right
And even though
My man has left me behind
I don’t regret a thing for having you

Thanks for my child
I’m really thanking you
The man above
Thanks for my child
You brought me so much joy
This bundle of love

Thanks for my child
And though your father
He ran away free
The love I have for you, baby
Is the love I have in me

Ooh, oh
I’ll stay and watch you grow
Yes, I will
I’ll raise you by myself
A one-woman show

You make life worth singing a song
With you
Right here with me
I’ll have the strength to go on

Thanks for my child
I’m really thanking you
The man above
Thanks for my child
You brought me so much joy
This bundle of love

I’ll hold you in my arms
I hold you close to me
Rock a bye, my baby
I’ll rock you to sleep

I understand your language
Your baby talk
You forgot to crawl
Before you walked

There you are
Just looking so beautiful
And all the while
You’re wrapped in blankets
You are my love child

Thanks for my child
Here we are today
The years have gone by

Thanks for my child
You grew before my eyes
Time after time

Thanks for my child
And though your daddy
He ran away free
The love I have for you, baby
Is the love I have in me

Inside of me
The love I have in me

I just know
I’ll never let you go
No, no
No, no, no, oh, yeah
‘Cause you’re my sweet baby

Papa can’t preach
Papa was a rolling stone
Because he left his beautiful
Cause he left us all alone

About the Artist

Cheryl Pepsii Riley is a New York native singer. Riley was a nurse while pursuing a side job of singing. She would sing at nightclubs, do community theater, and also be part of a group called Stargaze during her free time. During this time, Full Force member Bowlegged Lou approached Riley with an offer to produce her singing career with a song called “I Wonder If I Take You Home” in 1984. But, Riley refused the song and Lou eventually gave the song to Lisa Lisa & The Cult Jam, which was a huge hit for the group.

Regretting the decision of rejecting the successful “I Wonder If I Take You Home”, Riley reached out to Lou again in order for him to write another song for her. Eventually, she hit success with one of her first singles, “Thank You For My Child”, in 1988 when it reached #1 on the R&B charts in the US.

Although Riley enjoyed the success of having her song top the charts, she continued her career as a nurse while releasing songs and other material. She released three albums, which the first one reached #18 on the charts, with semi-successful singles. However, she took a break from the music industry after the release of her third album in 1993.

Riley reemerged in the late 90s and early 00s as an actress in a bunch of Tyler Perry’s plays. She also appeared in various film adaptations of Perry’s productions such as 2011’s “Madea’s Big Happy Family”.

[1]  “Cheryl Pepsii Riley – Thanks For My Child.” Genius. Web. 15 May 2016. (http://genius.com/Cheryl-pepsii-riley-thanks-for-my-child-lyrics)

The Rules

If you want to participate, here are the rules:

  • Post the lyrics to the song of your choice, whether it fits the theme or not.
  • Please try to include the songwriter(s) – it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due.
  • Make sure you also credit the singer/band and if you desire you can provide a link to where you found the lyrics.
  • Link to the YouTube video, or pull it into your post so others can listen to the song.
  • Ping back to this post will eventually work, as long as you are being patient, but you can also place your link in the comments if you don’t like to wait.
  • Read at least one other person’s blog, so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process.
  • Feel free to suggest future prompts.
  • Have fun and enjoy the music.

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This Post Has 11 Comments

  1. Such a loving song by a mother for her child.

  2. I hope you enjoy listening to this song. This is my song for my Mama.

    Artist: Garth Brooks
    Song title: Mom
    Youtube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZC6x0l6yzjI
    A little baby told God, “Hey, I’m kinda scared
    Don’t really know if I want to go down there
    From here it looks like a little blue ball
    That’s a great big place and I’m so small”

    “Why can’t I just stay here with you
    Did I make you mad, don’t you want me to?”
    God said, “Oh, child, of course I do
    But there’s somebody special waiting for you”

    So, hush now baby don’t you cry
    ‘Cause there’s someone down there waiting
    Whose only goal in life
    Is makin’ sure you’re always gonna be alright
    A loving angel, tender, tough and strong
    It’s almost time to go and meet your mom

    You’ll never have a better friend
    Or a warmer touch to tuck you in
    She’ll kiss your bruises, your bumps and scrapes
    And anytime you hurt, her heart’s gonna break

    Now, when she’s talking to you
    Make sure you listen close
    ‘Cause she’s gonna teach you everything
    You’ll ever need to know
    Like how to mind your manners
    To love and laugh and dream
    And she’ll put you on the path
    That’ll bring you back to Me

    So, hush now little baby don’t you cry
    ‘Cause there’s someone down there waiting
    Whose only goal in life
    Is making sure you’re always gonna be alright
    A loving angel, tender, tough and strong
    Come on child
    It’s time to meet your mom

  3. Happy mothers day to all the mothers out there. hopefully you guys are enjoying your day. The song is great for this occasion! Good job.

  4. This is so beautiful! The words speak to me. Thanks for sharing.

  5. I like the lyrics. I feel this song is indeed motivational for all the single mothers out there.

  6. Oh this is beautiful and such lovely lyrics! Thank you for sharing it, I really enjoyed this!

  7. Happy mothers day to all mom 🙂 I would love to listen to this song it so meaningful.

  8. Lovely song. Something beautiful can come out of every situation.

  9. It really is a beautiful song. You can tell it comes from the heart and a beautiful message for Mother’s Day for sure.

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