How Many Of These Things Did You Say Yesterday?

My cousin posted this video on FB today, and tagged me, saying that she thought it would make me laugh.

It did. I’ve seen watched this woman sing this song many times before, as I’m sure many of you have. The original video came out about 5 years ago, when my children were 6,4, 2 and a newborn and although I thought the concept was amsuing, I didn’t feel I could relate to that well.

Now the kids are 11, 9, 7 and 5, when I listen to what she’s singing about, I feel like she must have had a camera in our house.

In case you can’t watch the video, the lyrics to the song are a run through of what a typical ‘Mom’ ( or Mum!) supposedly says on a daily basis. The words are sung to the tune of the William Tell Overture:

Get up now
Get up now
Get up out of bed
Wash your face
Brush your teeth
Comb your sleepy head
Here’s your clothes
And your shoes
Hear the words I said
Get up now
Get up and make your bed
Are you hot?
Are you cold?
Are you wearing that?
Where’s your books and your lunch and your homework at?
Grab your coat and your gloves and your scarf and hat
Don’t forget you got to feed the cat
Eat your breakfast
The experts tell us it’s the most important meal of all
Take your vitamins so you will grow up one day to be big and tall
Please remember the orthodontist will be seeing you at three today?
Don’t forget your piano lesson is this afternoon
So you must play
Don’t shovel
Chew slowly
But hurry
The bus is here
Be careful
Come back here
Did you wash behind your ears?
Play outside
Don’t play rough
Would you just play fair?
Be polite
Make a friend
Don’t forget to share
Work it out
Wait your turn
Never take a dare
Get along
Don’t make me come down there
Clean your room
Fold your clothes
Put your stuff away
Make your bed
Do it now
Do we have all day?
Were you born in a barn?
Would you like some hay
Can you even hear a word I say?
Answer the phone
Get Off the phone
Don’t sit so close
Turn it down
No texting at the table
No more computer time tonight
Your iPod’s my iPod if you don’t listen up
Where you going and with whom and what time do you think you’re coming home?
Saying thank you, please, excuse me
Makes you welcome everywhere you roam
You’ll appreciate my wisdom
Someday when you’re older and you’re grown
Can’t wait ‘til you have a couple little children of your own
You’ll thank me for the counsel I gave you so willingly
But right now
I thank you NOT to roll your eyes at me
Close your mouth when you chew
Would appreciate
Take a bite
Maybe two
Of the stuff you hate
Use your fork
Do not you burp
Or I’ll set you straight
Eat the food I put upon your plate
Get an A, Get the door
Don’t get smart with me
Get a Grip
Get up here I’ll count to 3
Get a job
Get a life
Get a PhD
Get a dose of…
I don’t care who started it
You’re grounded until your 36
Get your story straight
And tell the truth for once for heaven’s sake
And if all your friends jumped off a cliff
Would you jump too?
If I’ve said it once, I’ve said at least a thousand times before that
You’re too old to act this way
It must be your father’s DNA
Look at me when I am talking
Stand up straighter when you walk
A place for everything
And everything must be in place
Stop crying or I’ll give you something real to cry about
Brush your teeth
Wash your face
Get your PJs on
Get in bed
Get a hug
Say a prayer with Mom
Don’t forget
I love you
And tomorrow we will do this all again because a mom’s work never ends
You don’t need the reason why
I said so
I said so
I said so
I said so
I’m the Mom
The mom
The mom
The mom
The mom

Written and performed by Anita Renfroe (copyright 2007 Bluebonnet
Hills Music/BMI)

My eldest was standing beside me as we watched the video this morning and she laughed and told me all the things in the song she heard me yesterday. I’ve made them bold to give you an idea of  the sort of thing that spews out of my mouth on a daily basis.

There are a few staple phrases missing from our household though.

They include things like

What size is that shirt/dress/cardigan you’ve got on?
Who is having a packed lunch?
Get the breakfast things out!
Put the breakfast stuff away!
Find your shoes.
Put that iPad down.
Who had the remote control last.
We are going without you.
We are going to be late.
Time doesn’t stop when you do.

and of course, the ubiquitous

Just stay away from each other!

How many of these ‘Mom’  phrases did you use yesterday? And if you had to rewrite the lyrics  for your family, what lines would you have to add?

I don't care

8 comments on “How Many Of These Things Did You Say Yesterday?

  1. That song is too good and I say a lot of it already although I guess it’s aimed at teenagers. I could def personalise it with a bit of ‘enough of Minecraft today thank you’ ‘take your plates over to the side’ ‘tidy your room now’, etc.

  2. The video is hilarious! I’m not a Mum to teenagers yet, but I do have a 7 year old boy and twin 5 year old girls. I am continually saying things like “tidy your room” and “just stay out of each others’ way” (especially to my twins). I often feel like just recording each phrase on a Dictaphone and just pressing a button when I need to say things. It would certainly save my voice! Thank you for making me smile today 🙂

    • I think someone needs to invent a huge sound system that has speakers in each room in the house, and a switchboard with various buttons that you can choose stock phrases from. 🙂

    • Gawd, I thought it was just my kids. H comes in with a tiny shirt on and denies it’s a size 7 ( she’s 11) and L dresses herself in a skirt that’s down around her ankles and thinks I won’t ask her to change.
      The inability to read size labels on clothes is definitely their father’s DNA though!

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