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​Sylvia's Mother

This song is by John Jones and appears on the album Best of John Jones (1999).

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 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 packing
She's gonna be leaving today
Sylvia's mother says Sylvia's marrying a fellow 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 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 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 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

Written by:

Shel Silverstein