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Mama hollers "Supper time,
And don't make me tell you twice
Wash your hands and wipe your face.
The table's no place for your toys,
And try to use your inside voice,
Don't dig in 'til we say Grace."
So we put down our forks and bowed our heads
And then she prayed the strangest prayer ever said:

"I wanna thank You Lord,
For noisy children and slamming doors,
And clothes scattered all over the floor,
My husband workin' all the time,
Draggin' in dead tired at night,
My never ending messy kitchen
And dirty dishes."

We all got real still and quiet,
And daddy asked "Hon, are you alright?"
She said, "Dear, ain't nothing wrong,
Noisy kids are happy kids,
And slamming doors just means we live,
In a warm and loving home,
Your long hours and those dishes in the sink,
Means a job and enough to eat.

So I'm gonna thank You Lord,
For noisy children and slamming doors,
And clothes scattered all over the floor,
A husband workin' all the time,
Draggin' in dead tired at night,
A never ending messy kitchen

For my little busy bees
Beggin' mama, mama can we please?
Always wantin' me to call their name
Loads of laundry pilin' up
Crayons crushed into the rug
And those little sticky kisses
And dirty dishes,
And dirty dishes..."

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    Michelle Bonfrer ZacksMay 15, 2013 at 12:01 pm
    Beautiful - made me cry when I hear it and still does - def pulls at the heart strings of a mother - so thankful and grateful - blessed everyday with dirty dishes <3.
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    UnregisteredAug 18, 2012 at 4:20 am
    The love of a mothers heart is just like the lord's. He loves us beyond all of our boasting, all the dirt in our lives. All of our mistakes are cleaned up with a little soap and water. By the washing of the water of his word we a cleaned and we shine in his presence. Once he washes us, just like dirty pans that are cleaned he can once again see the reflection of himself in us. Love your music scotty- do all things unto the lord and you will in no wise lose your reward. J. A. Beatty
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    UnregisteredJul 19, 2012 at 3:17 pm
    The only and excellent "meaning" of dirty dishes is sung by scotty mccreery, who is fantastic "storyteller" ... Which is in lyrics that of course are "a story" flat on paper until the right person sings it. Scotty mccreery is unique, special in many ways; even widow of elvis told scotty "elvis would love you. "
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    UnregisteredJul 4, 2012 at 7:21 pm
    Just be happy that you have a lovin family and a cozy home. Be glad your daddy has a job that creates dirty dishes (food)and slamming doors(a house to live in). Be glad your mommas always there to wash those dishes and those piles of dirty clothes. There to give ou advice when you thinkbyourbqring and just all the things your momma and fast do for you.
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    UnregisteredDec 14, 2011 at 5:46 am
    I'm a mother of two. This song means so much because i can picture myself through these lyrics. My boy is loud and loves to clothes doors. Although there is so much work to be done around the house, i cherish those moments. They dont last long and they are gone in a blink of an eye. Every dish i wash, every load of laundry, every hug and kiss, melts my heart and i thank the god lord everyday for my two children. They are my world and regardless of the housework i do seeing the messes are cleaned up, the kids are clean, i know i'm the luckiest person in the world.

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