Sylvia's Mother



Sylvia's mother says Sylvia's busy, 
too busy to come to the phone . 
Sylvia's mother says Sylvia's trying 
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've just got to talk to her
I'll only keep her a while
Please Mrs. Avery, just want to tell her
Goodbye !

Sylvia's mother says Sylvia's packing, 
she's gonna be leaving today. 
Sylvia's mother says Sylvia's marrying 
a fellah down Galveston way .
Sylvia's mother says "Please don't say nothing
to make her start crying and stay."

And the operator says 
"Forty cents more, for the next three minutes."
Please Mrs. Avery, I've just got to talk to her
I'll only keep her a while
Please Mrs. Avery, just want to tell her
Goodbye !

Sylvia's mother says Sylvia's hurrying, 
she's catching the nine'o'clock train.
Sylvia's mother says:"Take your umbrella, 
cause Sylvie it's starting to rain."
And Sylvia's mother says "Thank you for calling
and sir won't you come back again ?"

And the operator says 
"Forty cents more, for the next three minutes."
Please Mrs. Avery, I've just got to talk to her
I'll only keep her a while
Please Mrs. Avery, just want to tell her
Goodbye !

Words & Music by Shel Silverstein
Copyright © 1972 / Evil-Eye Music Inc , N.Y