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(Shel Silverstein)

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 forty cents more for the next three minutes

Please Mrs. Avery, I just gotta talk to her,
I'll only keep her a while
Please Mrs. Avery, I just wanna tell her 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 forty cents more for the next three minutes

Please Mrs. Avery, I just gotta talk to her,
I'll only keep her a while
Please Mrs. Avery, I just wanna tell her 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 forty cents more for the next three minutes

Please Mrs. Avery, I just gotta talk to her,
I'll only keep her a while
Please Mrs. Avery, I just wanna tell her goodbye

Tell her goodbye...
Please... tell her goodbye..

(c)1972 Evil Eye Music Inc.



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    UnregisteredJun 13, 2012 at 7:31 pm
    Clearly mrs avery is protecting her daughter from the caller, her daughter's ex-boyfriend who has hurt her. Near the end when she says 'thank you for calling and please sir won't you call back again' is because sylvia is in earshot, we know this cos mrs avery says to her daughter to take her umbrella because it is starting to rain. Incidentally, i always imagine the 'rain falling' is the caller beginning to cry cos he realises he is never going to see the girlhe loves again, and is never going to get the chance to say sorry and tell her how he really feels... Regret is a very sad thing :(
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    UnregisteredAug 21, 2014 at 3:24 am
    The parties on the call think the NSA is listening, so they start talking in code. This is probably a conversation about a drug drop. Think about it. Times. Locations. Operators. She's packin'. Etc. No doubt they meet up later, make the drop and then repeat it all over again. It's just a matter of when he will "call back again."
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    UnregisteredJun 16, 2012 at 9:59 am
    Mrs. Avery actually dissaproves, of the fellow down galveston way. She secretly wants the caller to end the relationship, but cannot let sylvia know she feels thatway, for fear that in will damage the relationship between mother and daughter.

    She let's the caller know that he has the ablity to make her stay instead of going to galveston, then tells him that she is leaving now, gives him all the information he needs to meet them at the station, method of transportaion (train), time of departure (9:00) destination (galveston)

    Then acts like she is talking to someone else, when slyvia gets close enough to the phone to hear the conversation.

    The only reason you would tell someone she was going to the train station to catch the 9 o'clock to galveston, and if you talk to her, she will stay,is that she wants sylvia to stay.
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    UnregisteredFeb 24, 2014 at 7:07 pm
    Y'all are messed. Ask Dr Hook what the freaking song meant. He loves her, he misses her, she would only feel guilty if she talked to him again cos men are manipulative asses who tend to do that to women. When the relationship probably ended in the first place because of something stupid that he did. An affair, got drunk and hit her, I dunno. You decide. That's not the point of the song. The point is, he feels bad and wants to talk to her, probably to talk her back into being with him, and she is clearly ready to move on and the mom is just the pawn in the middle stuck answering the phone and being the go-between.
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    UnregisteredAug 19, 2012 at 4:06 pm
    He wants to say goodbye to sylvia, because he and sylvia's mother are having an affair. That's why the song is called "sylvia's mother". Duh!

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