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Please, Mommy, Please Stay Home With Me? A mother went out to a party She left at home her baby son He cried and begged her not to leave him But she would not give up her fun She kissed his cheek and tried to soothe him But would not heed his childish plea She heard him call as she was leavin' "Please mommy please stay home with me." The mother joined the merrymakers And soon was lost in trifling joy The mellow tunes and flirting shadows (<-- *great* line) Made her forget her baby boy She danced and laughed and did some drinkin' The world for her was full of glee But now and then these words would haunt her "Please mommy please stay home with me." She left the party feeling dizzy The smell of drink was on her breath She hurried home to find the baby In raging pain and nearing death The doctor came and looked so sadly The case was hopeless he could see The baby died these words repeating "Please mommy please stay home with me." Now mothers don't neglect your children This story should a lesson be Do not ignore your baby's pleading "Please mommy please stay home with me." The last part ("Now mothers...") is a repeat of the melody line that goes with the second half of the "regular" verses. I rarely sing this in public, but when I do, I replace the "mothers" with "parents." JW Recorded by Larry Sparks JW
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