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"Mother Would Rather" by Nick Parton

the 2nd track from the album, My First Sing-Along Dictionary

Nick Parton: words, music, and the whole lot of it

“This is a song about mums.” —Nick Parton

Nick thanks:
Ross Horsley for providing such fine inspiration
John LaSala for shepherding the project to completion in fine style, and including me in it
Worstead primary school for unwittingly providing extra SFX
My neighbour for putting up with the noise

Have a listen: Listen

Did you ever think about Mother,
What she had to give up?
Four knees trembling at the back at the bar,
The situation became corrupt.

Apron strings restrained her,
Lunchboxes packed her joy
Away into a schoolbag hidden
Buried beneath those toys.

Go and ask your father.
He'll tell you Mother would rather
Hear less from you.

Oh yes, it's true.


She never said a single thing,
Waited patiently in silence.
You left home. She started anew,
Though with a touch of arthritis.

Now drinking, dancing, as wild as ever,
Knitting left behind,
Poured out of a police wagon,
And cautioned with a gleeful smile.

Go and ask your father.
He'll tell you Mother would rather
Hear less from you.
Oh yes, it's true.

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