For My Mom…

I’m currently near Vancouver recording an album 2300 kms from home; 2300 kms away from my mom.

Normally this wouldn’t be much of a problem, but we’ve recently moved my mom into a personal care home, and the transition has been disorienting for her, to say the least, and terribly sad as it means no longer living with my dad.

So I wish I could be there on this day to reassure her, to make sure she knows her boy loves her, as do her daughters and the rest of the ever expanding family.

Mom taught my sisters and I to sing when we were little. For many years we travelled around as a family gospel band, even recording a record when I was 12.

I’m still recording 42 years later.

Steve at White WaterRight now I’m near Vancouver, at White Water Studios with Roy Salmond, recording disc 2 of my upcoming Pilgrimage project.  Disc 2 will be called “Unadorned,” and features newly recorded, unplugged versions of songs from my back catalogue: just guitar and vocal…

Because it’s mother’s day, I deliberately chose to record “Marie” today, which is a song I wrote for mom many years ago.  I just finished it a couple minutes ago and wanted to get it up on this day still.

So I post this in honour of the woman whose heart “enabled the best in me.”

Love you mom.




Travelling over time
Keeping the best in mind
There’s a woman I’ve known
And I’ve called her my own for the longest time

The way she would sing a song
And bid me to sing along
With the voice of an angel
And a heart that enabled the best in me

There’s a long road to the place she’s living now
But it still seems as though she’s always been around
Watching me tenderly
How else can a mother be
I will always be her child
’till there’s no longer a breath in me

It seems just like yesterday
While watching her children play
She put down her book
And she gave me a look I remember still

She said with her hand in mine
Will you be always mine
And will you still love me
Even when I am old and grey

There’s a long road…


My wife Nanci, and my mom (Marie). Both great moms.




13 thoughts on “For My Mom…

  1. Passing Mother’s Day greetings to your mom and thanking you for the flashback. This is still one of my favourite songs and hearing it this morning brought me back to some pretty special times. I am also away from my mom right now as I am sitting at the table getting ready to face a new day in Swaziland, Africa. If I think back to when you lived with us I don’t think we could have imagined where our lives would be now. Thanks for the friendship and the memories.

  2. Thanks Steve. We go back so far back. When you and Beth (Faith) would play together with our kids and you mom and I would get on the piano together. One of our favorites was Master, the tempest is raging and boy could she play up a storm. So so many memories. Thank you for this tribute in word and song.

  3. Very special song Steve! Wonderful to know your gift of singing was encouraged by your Mom.

  4. I can’t figure out how to listen to it – I don’t see a link to the song here. Am I missing something?

    I love the written words, but would love to hear it sung too!~

  5. Brought back sweet memories of drumheller, we were richly blessed in the parent department! Sweet Marie…

  6. It is very hard seeing a parent in a personal care home both my parent were in one at one time. I remember visiting my Mom who had dementia and did not know who i was. She smiled every time we saw her so we new she loved us and part of her memory was still there. I love and miss her every day but I know she is in heaven and in my heart always. Deb

  7. I agree with you Leanne it is a beautiful song and sung so beautifully by Steve. He has a voice like no other and his guitar playing is superb.

    Now, in answer to your problem. As you scroll down from the top of the page and just above the words you will come across a beigy/brown square that looks like an old Lp cover (I age myself with that). To the right of it (top right corner) there’s a brown circle with a white arrow, you CLICK on the arrow and sit back and listen just like I did with tears in my eyes.

    May God Bless you while you listen to Steve’s beautiful song he wrote for his mom.

    From a Christian friend, Ian

  8. That was so very beautiful Steve it put tears in my eyes as I thot of my mum. My mum used to sit at the piano and I would sing, probably not as much as you but until my voice broke I sang quite a lot. I used to love to sing especially the high notes but my voice now is not what I would like it to be but I will always sing cause God loves it when I worship him.

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful song with us all and I’m sure it spoke to everyone as we all have a mom somewhere. My mum is in heaven with my dad enjoying Jesus and everything that is there. “Heaven Is For Real” and someday I will be there also.

    May God continue to bless you and your “whole” family.

    Your friend, Ian

  9. Thank-you for this today. We moved my mother-in-law into a personal care home today and so I see where you are coming from. It has been a blessing to see my 93 year-old father in law still caring lovingly for his wife on our visits to the hospital these last 5 weeks. And now the move has brought her back closer to our homes and into the neighborhood once again.

    This is a beautiful song.

  10. What a beautiful tribute to your Mom! Move to a PCH is hard but I hope the very best for her and the family in this.

  11. Steve, such a beautiful tribute to your Mom. How fortunate that you were raised in true gospel love from your Mom. Just reading the lyrics, I hope to love my own Mom better in her declining health. I know the hardship of this first reality of letting go. God’s strength to you all!

  12. …once again, dear brother…your words given, touch my heart, deeply.
    In having my dear mom..passed this January..and to have the time with Lou’s precious my releasing arms so peacefully…
    I heard myself whisper…’Our lives are in Your hands’….and His GLORY broke through…time.

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