Mother dear, when you were little,
Just about as old as I,
Were you ever, ever naughty?
Did you ever, ever cry, Mother dear?
Did you always know your lessons,
Did you always try to mind,
Never do a deed unworthy,
Never say a word unkind, Mother dear?
Or perhaps, when you were little,
you were naughty sometimes, too,
Tho' you tried to be like Grandma,
As I try to be like you, Mother dear!
Mana-Zucca and Livingstone, Mabel, "Mother Dear" (1916). Historic Sheet Music Collection. 955.
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