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Mother May I

116. Mother May I

Did you ever ask permission. I did—over and over again—first from my mother, then my teachers, then…it just went on and on. But there came a day when I dawned on me that I needed to stop. I need to figure it out for myself. I needed to claim my own power and decision making.

It works pretty well. I make mistakes. Sometimes I make good choices. Sometimes not so good. But hey—that’s also how I learn. In the 80’s I wrote this song, and wouldn’t you know, it’s called “Mother May I.”

Mother may I cross the street?

Mother may I have a date?

Mother may I? Mother may I?

Mother may I stay out late?

Yes darling daughter yes is the answer today,

Just remember to always ask if you may.

Teacher may I be excused?

Teacher may I make up the quiz?

Teacher may I? Teacher may I?

Teacher may I be the whiz?

Yes lovely student, yes is the answer today,

Just remember to always ask if you may.

Preacher, may I be forgiven?

Preacher may I serve mankind?

Preacher may I? Preacher may I?

Preacher my I happiness find?

Yes, well-taught Christian, Yes is the answer today.

Just remember to always ask if you may.

Husband may I fix your meal?

Husband may I please go out?

Husband may I? Husband may I?

Husband, may I ever shout?

Yes, darling wife. Yes is the answer today,

Just remember to always ask if you may.

Now I’ve found the truth at last,

Don’t have to ask anyone but me,

Woman may I? Woman may I?

Woman may I now be free?

Yes, yes woman. Yes is the answer today.

Just remember you don’t have to ask if you may!

© Copyright 1983 by Ann Freeman Price

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