The ToneWay® Project: helping people play music

Will the Roses Bloom in Heaven

In a cold and cheerless 5 garret
In a room so dim, so 1 lone
'Mid the frosty wint'ry 4 silence
There was 5 heard a little 1 moan
And a little child is 5 asking
At the break of the 1 day
Will the roses bloom in 4 heaven
Tell me 5 momma, tell me 1 pray

Will the roses bloom in heaven
Are there any gardens there
Any violets and clover
Way up with the angels fair
Will the branches fill with blossoms
And in winter fill with snow
Will the roses bloom in heaven
Tell me momma ere I go

Now the room grows light and lighter
Everything has caught a glow
Heaven seems to stretch about her
While dreams faces come and go
Then she whispers, birds are singing
Songs of melody
And I see the roses blooming
While the angels beckon me

Then mother whispered
In the land so bright and fair
When the roses are blooming
There will be no parting there
Goodbye my little darling
For death is lingering near
And on the little pale face
There was not one trace of fear

A song from the The ToneWay Mountain Music Collection, which offers lyrics and free Song Clips (recordings for learning the song by ear) for nearly 400 traditional songs, many of which are often heard in bluegrass and old-time jam circles. The ToneWay Project also offers songbooks, CDs, and a free online video series for learning to play music by ear.