For you mumbo…

“My mum and I had a language of our own, we were very close. She was a part of every moment in my life and was my main support. I will always remember the joy, wonder, kindness, whimsy, and hope that she brought to this world: the laughter and the tears. In her passing I’ve felt the expected pain, but I have also felt the unexpected beauty of death. This song represents the tidal wave of emotion that comes with the dying process; it is celebration and loss.”

This Sunday is mothers day. A day with many mixed emotions as not everyone has a mum to relish and celebrate in. Mothers are the cream of the crop, at least I know mine was. It is a bittersweet thing knowing I am so lucky to have been created by and be an extension of my mum but also to have her gone.

Maggie Thomson Hayes passed away at home in Toronto, November 25, 2016. Her family surrounding her in the bedroom she shared with my dad for over 28 years. The house was recently renovated, and this room is now an open concept light filled space. It is the backdrop of this video that paints a rich picture of who she was, how she lived and the things that she valued…yes those are her 3D paper maché pigs behind my head.

Performances by: Piper Hayes, Carson Ritcey-Thorpe and Bill Simms
Video Made by: Southern Souls

I Don’t Wanna Go On

by: Piper Hayes
The days are getting longer now but still
I can hardly muster up the will
November was the hardest month of all
I had to sit with you and see you fall

(Chorus)
Cause mumma you’re gone
And I often don’t wanna go on
I hear your voice inside me saying stay
But mum it gets harder every day

This song feels twisted up bent out of shape
I never thought I’d have to write about this day
It came too soon for me to really see
All that I had when you were here with me

(Chorus)
Cause mumma you’re gone
And I often don’t wanna go on
I hear your voice inside me saying stay
But mum it gets harder every day

I used to share all that I wrote with you
You always helped me to reach my truth
You knew every word and came to every show
My champion of 30 years I know

(Chorus)
Mumma you’re gone
And I often don’t wanna go on
I hear your voice inside me saying stay, stay, stay
But mum well I miss you today

The wishes that will never come true
Make me sad both for me and you

(Chorus)
Cause mumma you’re gone, gone, gone
Your body has moved on
I hear your voice inside me saying stay, stay, stay
But mum… ooooh mum

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