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First Line: Yesterday mother she spanked me so hard
Last Line: I'll find where you live, an' I'll tell my old cat.
Subject(s): Children; Discipline; Mothers; Childhood


Yesterday mother she spanked me so hard,
I sort of keep feeling it now;
For somehow she learned, when I hid in the yard,
That I'd done what she didn't allow.
I asked how she knew that I'd gone and been bad,
And she said that a little bird told her I had.

It's always some bird that has tattled before,
And helped grown-up folks to find out;
And now when I've just shut the jam-closet door
I find you a-hopping about!
And if you're the bird that's been doing all that,
I'll find where you live, an' I'll tell my old cat.





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