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Transcribed by: asf0@comcast.net  Alice Franceschini
Date: February 10, 1999
Album:  Heartland
Written by:  J.B. Coats

THE SWEETEST GIFT    The Judds

A              
One day a mother come to a prison
            E                  A
To see an erring but precious son
A       
She told the warden how much she love him
             E                 A  
It did not matter what he had done

CHORUS:
              A
She did not bring   (to him)
A              
A parole or pardon (pardon free)
                E
She bought no silver (bought no gold)
             A 
No pomp or style (For him to see)
           A                            D
It was a halo (bright) sent down from heaven (heaven's light)
              A        E       A 
The sweetest gift a mother's smile 

A
Her boy had wondered far from the fireside
                   E                    A
Thought she had pleaded with him each night
A
But not a word did she ever utter
                 E                         A    
That told her heart aches, her smile was bright

Go to chorus, to lead,
             A
She left a smile you can remember
                E                       A        
She's gone to heaven from heartaches' grieve
A                    
Them bars around you will never change her
            E                  A  
He was her baby and 'ere will be

Chorus, ending
ENDING:
          A
It was a halo (bright)
                    D
   Sent down from heaven   (heaven's light)
                     A        E     Ab slide to A   
       The sweetest gift a mother's    sm-ile




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