Song "Tell Them Momma!" 

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Lyrics

I’M 21 TODAY MOMMA                      

I’m 21 today momma, I wish you wouldn’t cry 
It’s pretty where I am momma, but you’re still askin’ why 
The pain it took to stay momma was more than it took to go 
If I could do it all again momma, momma, I don’t know

The man here’s been good to me momma, he understood my pain 
He held me in that darkest hour through the anguish in my brain 
The pain it took to stay momma, was more than it took to go 
If I could do it all again momma, momma, I don’t know

Tell them Momma, tell them not to follow in my shoes 
Tell them Momma, tell them a life’s too much to lose

He told me “child, it’s not your time, there’s more for you to do”
But I didn’t understand, momma,  that love could pull me through
The pain it took to stay, momma, was more than it took to go 
If I could do it all again, momma,  I think I know 

It’s been a year since you last hugged me momma, I miss your gentle touch.
You would have laid down your life for me, but this Man did it first
And now that it’s too late for me, please send my message from above 
If I could do it all again, momma, Momma, I’d choose love

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Tell them momma, tell them not to follow in my shoes 
Tell them momma, tell them a life’s too much to lose
Tell them momma, tell them not to follow in my shoes 
Tell them momma, tell them a life’s too much to lose

If I could do it all again, momma, I'd choose to live
If I could do it all again, momma, I'd choose to live

I'm 21 today momma, I wish you wouldn't cry...

copyright pending 2003


History

On June 8, 2002 we lost our son Nathan Eisert to suicide.  Until shortly before his death, Nathan had been a basketball player for Western Kentucky University.  During his final year at WKU, Nathan endured injury and undiagnosed depression. Without treatment, he was released from the team and died five weeks later. 

After Nathan died, we found out that suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death in the United States for 15 to 34 year-olds. Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for college students.  There are at around 30,000 known suicide deaths in our country each year, and many more that are not listed as such on death certificates.  Our family has learned that with awareness, education, better access to treatment and removal of barriers to seeking help, suicide can often be avoided.  For our family and others, bringing suicide prevention awareness and education has become our directive.

Shortly before what would have been Nathan’s 21st birthday, and the first anniversary of his death, I was inspired with the lyrics and music to the song 
“Tell Them Momma”.  I felt that the song was a gift both from God and from my son.  To me, the song is a confirmation of our directive to tell our story and to bring this issue out in the open, so that lives can be saved.

The young men and women on the cover of the CD were all between the ages of 15 and 34 when they lost their lives to suicide.  Every day, each of their families and too many others, struggle to bring meaning to our loss.

Jan Ulrich
momma of Nathan Eisert 
5/27/82-6/8/02

CD cover photos
Top Row - Left to Right           Nathan, Trena, Chancey, Tim
Bottom Row - Left to Right    Kent, Michael, Arlyn, Matthew


Nathan Alan Eisert Foundation
Mission: Keeping People Alive with Suicide Awareness & Prevention Education Programs
Steve@NAEF.org

© Stephen Ulrich 2013