I'D LIKE TO BRING MY MOTHER
 
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I'm rather fond of someone who's very fond of me,
And that someone's always writing and inviting me to tea.
But I don't quite trust that someone, I don't quite like his ways,
So next time that someone asks me I've made up my mind to say...

Chorus: I'd like to come to dinner, I'd like to come to supper,
I'd like to come to luncheon and to tea.
But I'd like to bring my mother if you don't mind much,
Oh, I'd like to bring my mother,
Yes, I'd love to bring my mother
'Cause my mother's twice as fond of food as me.


Last week that someone sent me a silver plated watch,
To afford, we may be poor but I'm not quite sure he isn't such.
At times he's very generous, at times the other way,
So in future when he asks me what I'd like, I think I'll say...

Chorus: I'd like to have a bracelet, I'd like to have a necklace,
I'd like to have tiaras, two or three,
But I'd like to bring my mother if you don't mind much,
Oh, I'd like to bring my mother,
Yes, I'd love to bring my mother
'Cause my mother's twice as good a judge as me.


When someone gets romantic, he just becomes absurd,
He sings all soppy songs and says he longs to be a bird.
Next time he writes and asks me to stroll our usual way,
I'll answer him politely but I'll be quite firm and say,

Chorus: I'd like to walk beside you, I'd like to hear you talking,
And making love to me by the sea.
But I'd like to bring my mother if you don't mind much,
Oh, I'd like to bring my mother,
Yes, I'd love to bring my mother
'Cause my mother listens twice as well as me.
 
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Written and composed by Ruebens & Greenbank
Performed by Ella Retford (1886-1962)
 
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