What's Your Momma's Name, Child Lyrics

by Tanya Tucker

What's your mama's name, child?
What's your mama's name?

Thirty some odd years ago
A young man came to Memphis
Askin' 'bout a rose
That used to blossom in his world

People never took the time
To mind the young man's questions
Till one day they heard
Him ask a little green eyed girl

What's your mama's name, child?
What's your mama's name?
Does she ever talk about
A place called New Orleans

Has she ever mentioned
A man named Buford Wilson
What's your mama's name, child?
What's your mama's name?

Twenty some odd years ago
A drunkard down in Memphis
Lost a month of life
And labored to the country jail

Just because he asked
A little green eyed girl a question
And offered her
A nickel's worth of candy if she'd tell

A year and some odd days ago
An old man died in Memphis
Just another wayward soul
The county had to claim

Inside the old man's ragged coat
They found a faded letter
That said you have a daughter
And her eyes are Wilson green

What's your mama's name, child?
What's your mama's name?
Does she ever talk about
A place called New Orleans

Has she ever mentioned
A man named Buford Wilson
What's your mama's name, child?
What's your mama's name?

What's your mama's name, child?
What's your mama's name?