Music Friday: Jill Johnson Sings About Having Compassion for Those Less Fortunate in Her 2000 Anthem, ‘Mother’s Jewel’

Welcome to Music Friday when we bring you fantastic songs with jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the lyrics or title. Today, we introduce you to the powerful voice of Swedish singer/songwriter Jill Johnson and her 2000 anthem, “Mother’s Jewel,” which delivers a vital message about having compassion for those less fortunate.

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Originally released as the first track from her Daughter of Ever album, “Mother’s Jewel” explains how some people are given a lot of choices in life, and others get none. But despite one’s circumstances, everybody should be treated with empathy and kindness.

She sings, “She’s somebody’s daughter / A mother’s jewel / He is somebody’s son / Baby just like you / And behind those eyes / There’s an innocent child / A daughter of Eve / A son of the sweetest kind.”

Born in the remote town of Ängelholm, Sweden, Johnson’s music roots go back to her pre-teen years. She joined a country and western band at age 12 and toured professionally throughout Scandinavia. She was signed to a record deal in the mid-1990s and earned critical acclaim for her dazzling performances in a Swedish music competition, Melodifestivalen, in 1998, 2003 and 2005.

Today, she’s considered to be one of the most successful music artists in Sweden, with several gold and platinum records. Reviewers have compared her delivery and vocal range to that of Celine Dion and other world-class performers. In 2013, she became the host of her own TV show called Jill’s Veranda, which explores the roots of country music in Nashville, Tenn. The show has a national following in her native Sweden.

We know that once you hear the first few bars of Johnson’s captivating live performance of “Mother’s Jewel,” you will be wondering why she isn’t a household name in North America. See the video at the end of this post and check out the lyrics below if you’d like to sing along.

“Mother’s Jewel”
Written by Lotta Ahlin. Performed by Jill Johnson.

Some of us were given a number of
Choices
Some of us were given none
Life can be so easy though
Life can be hard for some
Let tears fall
Let hearts ache
Let love flow
Just don’t turn away

She’s somebody’s daughter
A mother’s jewel
He is somebody’s son
Baby just like you
And behind those eyes
There’s an innocent child
A daughter of Eve
A son of the sweetest kind

This is our world, give our home sweet home
A little of that human touch
This is a place where we talk about love
Well talking will not do that much

Let tears fall
Let hearts ache
Let love flow
Just don’t turn away

She’s somebody’s daughter
A mother’s jewel
He is somebody’s son
Baby just like you
And behind those eyes
There’s an innocent child
A daughter of Eve
A son of the sweetest kind

Home sweet home, home sweet home
Home, home sweet home

She’s somebody’s daughter
A mother’s jewel…

Image: WikiCommons/Bengt Nyman

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