All is not always well in the family home, though this truth should not be exaggerated; sometimes all the most important things are as they should be, as has been amply testified to in this series. But the Momma 'n' Daddy tradition encompasses the whole range of relevant experience, and one of the more gratifying segments of that range covers the situation when things start out by not being too good but are then redeemed. Here is a song about redemption. It's by the Louvin brothers, and has the additional merit of introducing Gram Parsons to this series for the first time. 'The Angels Rejoiced Last Night', as sung by Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris:
A house, not a home, was the picture Satan paintedSome of my fellow unbelievers will have their reservations about daddy's conversion. But would they want him not to have raised his children right? The song presents the two things as a single package.
For sweet little sister and me.
Our daddy would frown while mother was praying
His heart was so hardened that he would not believe.
In anger he'd swear, his voice cold and loud
His Sundays were spent out with the gamblin' crowd.
I've never seen my daddy inside the house of God
For Satan held his hand down the path of sin he trod.
Not long ago our circle was broken
When God called on mother one night.
In a voice sweet and low her last words were spoken
Asking our daddy to raise her children right.
The angels rejoiced in heaven last night
I heard my daddy praying 'Dear God make it right'.
He was smiling and singing with tears in his eyes
While mother with the angels rejoiced last night
While mother with the angels rejoiced last night.
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