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First Line: My mother she has special words
Last Line: Don't really mean so awful much.
Subject(s): Children; Language; Mothers; Childhood; Words; Vocabulary


My mother she has special words
She's alwuz usin', but I find
The ones that I've most often heard
Is By-um-by and Never-mind.

Whenever I can't have my way
An' beg her "when?" and tease her "why?"
The things she's likeliest to say
Is Never-mind and By-um-by.

An when our picnic stopped becuz
It rained, er sumpin' of the kind,
The only things she told us was
Jus' By-um-by an' Never-mind.

I as't when By-um-by would be,
She told me "Never-mind!" so I
Said "What is Never-mind?" an' she
Said I'd discover, By-um-by.

My mother she has special words
For question-answerin' an' such,
But I guess some that I have heard
Don't really mean so awful much.





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