1 Your memory goes back tonight to when you were a boy,
Before you trod the paths of sin and wrong;
To childhood’s happy carefree days of frolic and of joy,
When life was filled with sunshine and with song.
Your mother’s heart is breaking for her boy,
For him who once was all her hope and joy;
O retrace the path you’ve trod, and come back to mother’s God,
For your mother’s heart is breaking for her boy.
2 Your memory goes back tonight to when you were a boy,
When at your mother’s knee you learned to pray;
When weary of your frolic and when tired of ev’ry toy,
You knelt beside her knee at close of day. [Refrain]
3 But you have left you childhood home, rejected mother’s God,
In sin and shame you will you life destroy;
The voice of God is calling: “O retrace the path you’ve trod,”
Your mother’s heart is breaking for her boy. [Refrain]
Born: November 19, 1885, Stord Island (near Bergen), Norway.
Died: August 18, 1959, Aspen, Colorado.
Buried: Floral Hills Cemetery, Kansas City, Missouri.
Virginia Rose Golden
Rev. H. N. Lines
Lillenas emigrated to America as a child; his family settled first in South Dakota, then moved to Oregon in 1889. He attended Deets Pacific Bible College in Los Angeles, California (later renamed to Pasadena College); studied music at the Siegel-Myers School of Music in Chicago, Illinois; and received an honorary Docto… Go to person page >