Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Song of the Day: 'Sylvia's Mother' by Bobby Bare

My "867-5309/Jenny" post elicited this response from a friend:
Subject: Outdated telephone songs 
Here's a song that's far better than I remembered it from back in the day. But it hardly matters because the lyrics will confuse anyone under a certain age to no end. (Even more than 867-5309.)It's the Shel Silverstein song "Sylvia's Mother," sung by Bobby Bare, whose version -- in my opinion -- is better than Dr. Hook's. But I can just hear the questions: How come he's talking to Sylvia's mother; why doesn't he just call Sylvia? What's an operator? Why's he being charged 40 more cents; doesn't he have a monthly plan?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Don't forget Echo Valley 26809 by the Partridge Family - there's even a cameo in the clip of Mrs. Garrett. I love this song and especially love the image of the lyrics.

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