Sylvia’s mother

To illustrate recent women murders committed by their partners the radio station chose ‘Sylvias’s mother’ by Dr Hook & The Medicine Show. Although I always thought that this pretty song, a hit in 1972, was about a desperate boyfriend trying to rebuilt the relationship with his beloved Sylvia, today I discovered another possible meaning: a man not accepting that a relationship is definitely broken and insisting to get in contact again with Sylvia, who has a new partner and she is planning to marry. Who knows…! 

“Sylvia’s Mother” by Dr Hook &The Medicine Show

Sylvia’s mother says, ‘Sylvia’s busy

Too busy to come to the phone’

Sylvia’s mother says, ‘Sylvia’s tryin’

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, ’40 cents more for the next 3 minutes’

Please Mrs. Avery, I just gotta talk to her

I’ll only keep her a while

Please Mrs. Avery, I just wanna tell ‘er goodbye

 

Sylvia’s mother says, ‘Sylvia’s packin’

She’s gonna be leavin’ today’

Sylvia’s mother says, ‘Sylvia’s marryin’

A fella down Galveston way’

Sylvia’s mother says, ‘Please don’t say nothin’

To make her start cryin’ and stay’

 

And the operator says, ’40 cents more for the next 3 minutes’

Please Mrs. Avery, I just gotta talk to her

I’ll only keep her a while

Please Mrs. Avery, I just wanna tell ‘er goodbye

 

Sylvia’s mother says, ‘Sylvia’s hurryin’

She’s catchin’ the nine o’clock train’

Sylvia’s mother says, ‘Take your umbrella

Cause Sylvie, it’s startin’ to rain’

And Sylvia’s mother says, ‘Thank you for callin’

And, sir, won’t you call back again?’

 

And the operator says, ’40 cents more for the next 3 minutes’

Please Mrs. Avery, I just gotta talk to her

I’ll only keep her a while

Please Mrs. Avery, I just wanna tell ‘er goodbye

Tell her goodbye

Please

Tell her goodbye

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