John Preston

Song Information

First release by Larry Sparks and The Lonesome Ramblers (1976) Also released by Ralph Stanley and The Clinch Mountain Boys (1977)


Oh, I was standing by the bedside Where my fevered mother lay When she called me close beside her And I thought I heard her say I’ve just seen the rock of ages Jacob’s ladder hanging down I’ve just crossed the river of Jordan Now, my son, I’m homeward bound Oh, as we gathered by her bedside Tears begin to fill our eyes Then she called me close beside her And whispered softly her good-byes Pine trees blowing cross the mountain Where forever she will lay There she’ll rest beside the fountain There she’ll sleep beneath the clay