Mama, She (1937)
Music by Saul Arons
Lyrics by Mike Stratton

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Whistler’s mother never dropped a stitch –
Never lived to learn what in the groove meant.
Now, my mother never drops a stitch,
But I think she’s a definite improvement –
‘Cause she learned how to swing in the labor movement.

Chorus:

Mama, she don’t stay home nights any more – no more.
Mama, she don’t stay home nights any more.
January through December,
Mama’s a damned good union member.
Mama, she don’t stay home nights any more. 

Mama, she washes the dishes and she runs away – away.
Mama, she washes the dishes and she runs away.
Have you seen my mother, her hair is white  –
She’s mopping up the streets with a Couglinite* --
Mama, she washes the dishes and she runs away. 

M – O – THER –

Mother with her silver hair.
Mother with her love so deep.
You don’t know how proud we are.
But papa says she isn’t fair,
‘Cause she pickets in her sleep. 

Mama, she’s got a new twinkle in her eye (her eye) –
Mama, she’s got a new twinkle in her eye.
She’s workin’ on pop though he’s sixty-eight –
If he doesn’t show more progress than he has to date,
She says she’s gonna get herself another mate –

‘Cause Mama, she –
Mama, she –
Mama, she’s in the groovement now –
Mama! 

* Followers of Father Charles E. Coughlin, a notorious anti-Semite whose followers  regularly broke up anti-Nazi meetings...