"Sylvia's Mother" as written by and Shel Silverstein....
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 going 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'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 Sylvia 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

Tell her goodbye
Please, tell her goodbye
Goodbye


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"Sylvia's Mother" as written by Shel Silverstein

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  • +1
    General CommentSylvia's mother seems to have had had a change of heart, or why would she say 'leaving town on the 9 o'clock train', giving her old boyfriend a chance to see her again?
    33ross33on August 22, 2008   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningSylia's mother has kept him talking while Sylvia gets ready and then leaves the house to catch the 9 o' clock train.

    Then she says "sir won't you come back again" to the caller.

    Come back. Just not for Sylvia.

    Classic Doctor Hook humour.

    I got it when I was 14 and that was a loooong time ago.
    vaguelyon September 16, 2017   Link
  • 0
    General Commentahh yeah such a ...good song, a little what is the word, over done? but still good
    poohblueskyon July 03, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is such a sad song...Beautiful, but sad.
    inconceivableon November 20, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentshel silverstein (wrote silly poems, funny cartoons in playboy magazine) wrote a number of dr. hook songs... and I'm fairly sure he wrote this one too.

    anyway, i think it's intentionally overdone to mock the typical overdramatic love song.
    Kenshin23on November 20, 2004   Link
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    General CommentKenshin23 is right, it was written by Shel Silverstein, and it's supposed to be satirical, but it became a big hit because people took it seriously. It's kind of hard not to though, because the delivery is so emotional. I think if Shel himself had sung it, it would have come out a lot differently.
    lila_mon November 20, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentive listened to this song ever since i was little it is so old and beautiful and i love it soooooo much.
    luv2behatedon November 23, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI wonder why Sylvia was leaving town; was she disgraced by the singer, do you think?
    dreamfaceon November 24, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAt one time they used to love each other so deeply that nothing else matterd (sylvias mother disaproved).Then somthing bad happend and they broke apart.the narrator finds out that sylvias leaving town and just wants to day good bye to her because of all the good times.But sylvias mother wont let him talk to her cause itll just stir up bad feelings and such.


    ...or hes a stalker
    i hope that explained everything Dreamface
    Corrosive30on February 12, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love it at the end, Sylvia's mother says, "Thank you for callin, and won't you call back again" I think they got back together its such a great song

    and I didn't see "Carry Me Carrie" on the song list for Dr. Hook, why isn't it on there?
    Wedenfuddon February 12, 2009   Link

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