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Do You own a Family Bible with a "Plain Black Cover?" Song Lyric and Music Video

Updated on October 29, 2014

Plain Black Cover

RJ sings at Tommy Paige's Wedding.
RJ sings at Tommy Paige's Wedding. | Source

Plain Black Cover

One Bright Sunday Morning

Near the Frisco Bay

A cry could be heard.

Tommy Paige was born that day.

His mother was beside him

His father filled with pride;

And they lay beside him

The good book at his side.


And was tattered and worn.

Tommy loved that good book

From the day he was born.


Words from heaven above;

And written on the inside,

“From Mother with love.”

Twenty years thereafter

Tommy chose a young bride.

Wedding bells were ringing,

His book was at his side.

They walked down the aisle

Where everyone could see.

The preacher took the book

And he began to read.




Many years thereafter

Tommy Paige had passed away.

In his hands they placed his book

As they lowered him to his grave.

The preacher bowed his head

And together they prayed;

A little congregation

Where little Tommy laid.


And was tattered and worn.

Tommy loved that good book

From the day he was born.


Words from heaven above;

And written on the inside,

“From Mother, with love…

And written on the inside,

“From Mother, with love.”


I wrote this tune in 1985, and over the years, enjoyed performing it many times. If anything, it demonstrates how an entire lifetime can be summed up in three verses and a chorus. Let’s hope Tommy died happy. I suspect so.

Thanks for stopping in for a moment of diversion.

Big Jim, Arch’, and Tiny have discovered a major writing talent here at the HUB. Use this link to read some hilarious stuff by Anita Sue and then leave comments after you recover from laughing.

Tiny says, “Thee out’a make BIG MONEY, Mr. Jay!” Maybe more than mow’n lawnth!”

You will see a natural beautiful flow to her thoughts that approaches artistic perfection.

Big Jim says, “Check it out!”

…Anyone need vinyl? Probably not, however it you want a twenty-five year old RJ 33 1/3 album, write me or use the link.

If you enjoyed this Hub try Paint me a Promise ( song) and a great short story about my DJ days.

IF you enjoyed this HUB , you may enjoy Deep Blue Water, a song with a beautiful meolody.

A Passing Stranger CD ( and 33 1/3 rpm) is now available. It is the encouragement from HUBBERS that brought this about.

Plain Black Cover


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      Jo_Goldsmith11 4 years ago

      Cheers and I wish you the energy and creativity you seek. I really enjoyed the reading, I am amazed by your brand and I humbly thank you for your inspiration! Shared & Tweeted UP+++ABI. :) Awesome, Beautiful and Inspiring :)

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      Reynold Jay 6 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      Soemthing is haywire with HUB notifying me of the comments as they come it. I like to answer them immediately and am going through a check list of all my HUBS and see all these great comments poouring in. Manwithnopants--I did visit Poolman earlier this week and loved a song he had about Mississpp' River and wanted to borrow it for one of my HUBS that disussess the RIver too.

      Thank you to all and I hope I can get my responses in a more timely manner now that I know HUBS has changed something in my messages.

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      PoweroftheCross 6 years ago from Above and Beyond...

      I absolutely love the song and can hear the music in my head. You've got soul my friend! Blessed message here.

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      daskittlez69 6 years ago from midwest

      That is a catchy little tune.

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      miccimom 6 years ago from U.S.A

      I have a black bible as well! Nice Hub, beautiful story!

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      TheManWithNoPants 6 years ago from Tucson, Az.

      Great hub, beautiful message. I've got an old black Bible like the one pictured. It was my gramdmother's and it's dated 1936. I don't read it. I've gotten used to the new stuff over the years. I just look at it. Occasionaly, I refer to it when the other is too vanila in a certain area.

      Man, I love your style. I'm an old guitar slamming, singing, song writer myself. It's odd, what I write and love is completely different than what I love and listen to. Not even close.

      Old Poolman, a friend and neighbor sent me over. I'm real picky about who I follow, and I'm glad he did.


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      Sueswan 6 years ago

      Beautiful message. Beautiful song.

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      JonteThe Artist 6 years ago

      Hi,I loved this short story and how it was turned into a song. I like how this guy had something so special from an infant,All the way through his life. Also when he died,It was in his hands to. The song was great to, You did a great job. I also like how this short story is very special and positive and beautiful. The passage that was on the cover and inside to, was great loving words. You have a great voice by the way to. I wanted to ask,I was curious,Was this guy a cowboy or an actor,Was he famous?

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      Christopher Antony Meade 6 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

      Beautiful sentiment beautifully conveyed.

      Thank you Reynold J.

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      Nickels-and-Sense 6 years ago from New Orleans, Louisiana

      Beautiful! I'm finally getting around to checking some of your songs. Awesome! You have a beautiful voice! I'll be checking out more soon, and of course, one up!

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      Credence2 6 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

      Yes, RJ, I did get a black bible as a child for a birthday present November 24, 1963, unfortunately because of the immediate national tragedy I did not get much else.

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      Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      Ray: As a matter of fact I do have a black bible I own. Thanks for this hub and i loved the song.

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      Marlin 55 6 years ago from USA

      RJ, your music and your lyrics have such heart and soul. You are an awesome song writer.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 6 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      I came into this world too late to be a part of the 50s and was too young for the 60s but I learned quickly what I loved and didn't love about music. I love a variety of music from good ole'rock and roll to country to a lot of different things in between. Love the words to your song because I can understand them and I really like it.I love music from the 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s they lost me in the 90s and left me behind in the dust when the 21st century arrived. I keep to the music I enjoy. Lookin forward to more songs.

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      Rosemary Sadler 6 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      My ex-father-in-law had a family bible, it was a huge book about 300 years old and was always passed down to the eldest son and each wrote their name in it

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      Reynold Jay 6 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      The return manuscript I sent you is they way it needs to be formatted. It will not look anything like what you saw in its many final ebook forms. Keep in touch with it. Don't let it scare you!

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      Don A. Hoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      The reason I got interested in folk songs back in the old days of the 1950's was that I got caught up in how a ballad could tell a story in a few verses. However, I did discover the attention span of a younger generation couldn't handle some of those.Yours is short enough,I believe.

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      Reynold Jay 6 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      Sounds good to me... A legacy has begun!

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      Brenda Barnes 6 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      It is very inspirational and lovely RJ. I am so glad I stopped by to read and listen to this. Hyph

      ps-When my grandson was born, I bought him a family Bible so he would always have a start on recording that family tree.

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      Reynold Jay 6 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      Thank you Cardisa. I spent a little time working up the graphics for it and thought it turned out well.

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      Carolee Samuda 6 years ago from Jamaica

      Very lovely inspirational song RJ, I like it a lot!

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      Reynold Jay 6 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      Thank you Dust! I think he looked a bit like you.

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      50 Caliber 6 years ago from Arizona

      Ray, most excellent hub and song, dust