Sylvia's Mother Lyrics - Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show



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(Shel Silverstein)

Sylvia's mother says Sylvia's busy, too busy to come to the phone
Sylvia's mother says Sylvia's tryin' to start a new life of her own
Sylvia's mother says Sylvia's happy so why don't you leave her alone
And the operator says forty cents more for the next three minutes

Please Mrs. Avery, I just gotta talk to her,
I'll only keep her a while
Please Mrs. Avery, I just wanna tell her goodbye

Sylvia's mother says Sylvia's packin' she's gonna be leavin' today
Sylvia's mother says Sylvia's marryin' a fella down Galveston way
Sylvia's mother says please don't say nothin' to make her start cryin' and stay
And the operator says forty cents more for the next three minutes

Please Mrs. Avery, I just gotta talk to her,
I'll only keep her a while
Please Mrs. Avery, I just wanna tell her goodbye

Sylvia's mother says Sylvia's hurryin' she's catchin' the nine o'clock train
Sylvia's mother says take your umbrella cause Sylvie, it's startin' to rain
And Sylvia's mother says thank you for callin' and sir won't you call back again
And the operator says forty cents more for the next three minutes

Please Mrs. Avery, I just gotta talk to her,
I'll only keep her a while
Please Mrs. Avery, I just wanna tell her goodbye

Tell her goodbye...
Please... tell her goodbye..

(c)1972 Evil Eye Music Inc.





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XGnBTLRWXlRb | Reviewer: Papp | 3/29/12

It is quite customary here in the south to rtgiseer for everyday dinnerware, Fine china, and Christmas china. I remember my mother-in-law being a bit shocked that I didn't want to rtgiseer for Christmas china. I just hated the thought of finding something I liked just as much in a giant boxed set at T.J. Maxx after Christmas for like 75% off!! But for now, I'm still enjoying my chargers (in the storage area of the china cabinet).

What a song, amazing!!! | Reviewer: Anonymous | 11/9/11

i first heard this song when i was a little boy and shouldnt be listening to such things, but what an impact this song had on me. every time it played on the radio it would stay with me for days upon days.I love the drama, the music the melody the harmony, just about everything about it. sometimes i felt like i was the dude begging to speak to sylvia.Now that i play music i play and sing the song myself. Brilliantly written and well sung. Maybe the group could add a verse or two about what happened after or maybe do a remix version, that would be great!!!Great job.

dramatics !! | Reviewer: Maurice | 2/19/11

By far the darn best melodrama ever written to music.These guys all need bronz statues erected all over,they are legendary. I first herd this song in the 70's & instantly loved it and it was the only song permanntly carved in my head, hadnt herd it in yrs ,just fount it on youtube and now its my anthem.couldnt live without it !!

Sylvia's Mother | Reviewer: Bobby | 3/7/09

Whoa, what a flashback. Working around the house listening to XM radio and they play Sylvia's Mother. Dennis' soulful voice and Ray's harmony, it's been three days and I still can't get that song out of my head... I loved it then and I still love it.

What happened | Reviewer: Glenn | 1/30/08

Sylvia never married, she never got over her over-bearing mothers interference in the one true love of her life. She did however disign and market a range of pre-cut labels which bear her family name to this day.
He ran out of 40 cents before the old bag would let him speak to Sylvia, but he did manage to get a date with the long distance operator. They married had three kids and although never as rich as Sylvia, they acquired enough money to retire to Hawaii where he was last heard of researching and writing a book that proves Pacific Island people discovered America even before the Vikings got there. He still thinks fondly of Sylvia and wonders what happened to her.

It doesn't take much... | Reviewer: Anna | 11/12/07

One of those songs I never think about, but is brought to mind very easily and takes up residence immediately. There was a radio show with a character called Slyvia; her mother was mentioned and I was off... I've always loved it's melodrama and sentiment. Great guilty pleasure.

egads! | Reviewer: Anonymous | 7/3/07

I heard this on the radio today for the fisrt time in decades. It's as meloncholy today as it was when it was all over the airwaives way back when. I can't believe I forgot this song existed. Now I have to go find a Dr. Hook collection...

bangin,!!! | Reviewer: Lyzi A... | 12/12/06

I grew up with DrHook, n i classify myself as a groupie! I can sing the lyrics with compassion, with meaning and a face to prove it!!!!
Try me I feel this! n, this is wat I want, not wealth and misconception!
but passion, n,the complete, crazy, embarrasing(this is what I''m talking about) love and frustration for someone so much more than myself that I want to celebrate for them and not myself conception...
who could want more than someone who is fallin in love for the first time.
Who cares!!!
Shout, hip, hip, horray!!!



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