was a child of the forties
around that big old radio
my dear mama and daddy
to the opry show.
remember hearing HOWDEEEEE
friendly as I ever heard;
oh, how we laughed on Saturday nights
the jokes of sweet Minnie Pearl
real name was Sarah Cannon,
we knew her as Minnie Pearl.
her private life she was great,
people throughout the world
was friends with more presidents
most of us have ever seen,
she loved the real common folks.
was truly the opry queen
was an entertainer
a character loved by all,
you have to think of her ole straw hat
you think of the Ryman Hall.
was just so proud to be here
we were so proud to have her,
young lady from Grinders Switch.
was country musicís real pearl.
Iím just someone whoís real thankful
being on this earth with you.
great ladies will follow,
none will ever fill your Mary Jane shoes.
were queen of the Grand Ole Opry
forty years and more,
you took our hearts with you,
you walked through heavenís door.
Minnie, youíre gone from us now,
you left sweet memories behind.
will never forget you, Mam.
will forever be on our mind