Our homeschool co-op sponsored a mother-daughter retreat last weekend, and I was recruited to write some kind of “sweet but funny” song those of us who helped host the event could perform to entertain the troops (and possibly embarrass our daughters).
My fellow organizers didn’t give me much to go on other than mentioning they’d like for us all to wear costumes that symbolized the many different roles a mom plays in the lives of her children. Which immediately brought to mind an image of the Village People dancing to Y.M.C.A.
So I took that idea and ran with it. We ended up dressing as a construction manager, a cook, a cruise director, a cheerleader, a nurse, a chauffeur, and a maid.
But instead of dancing to the Y.M.C.A. song, I penned new, more fitting lyrics for our event, which I’m sharing below, along with a recording of the music we choreographed and performed on the last night of our weekend retreat.
The recording is far from perfect — and some parts are horribly out of tune — but it served our purposes well. The other moms in attendance and all our daughters loved the new lyrics. They laughed and cheered and even clapped and chanted along to the chorus while we danced.
I know several ladies in the audience caught the whole skit on video, but while my fellow performers agreed to let me post the above snapshot, I’m not sure any of us are ready to publicly broadcast all our disco moves and chorus line kicks on the world wide web. So you’ll just have to use your imagination for that part. Ha!
The M-A-M-A Song
(Lyrics by Jennifer Flanders)
Daughter, when you're lost or alone, I said, Daughter, Mom's as close as your phone. Why not call her? Even after you're grown, I'll remind you Jesus loves you. Daughter, didn't Mom always say There's no problem you can face in a day That's not better when you take time to pray And remember Jesus loves you. You ought to listen to M-A-M-A. You've got to listen to M-A-M-A. I was once in your place, I've been saved by God's grace, His love puts a smile on my face. Why don’t you listen to M-A-M-A? Why won’t you listen to M-A-M-A? You know just what I'll say: I will point you God's way And tell you to trust and obey. Daughter, when you start to feel blue, I said, Daughter, here's what you need to do: Read your Bible. Know that God's Word is true And remember Jesus loves you. Daughter, don't believe Satan's lies. I said, Daughter, you should not be surprised When he tempts you. May God open your eyes And remind you Jesus loves you. I hope you'll listen to M-A-M-A. Your mama speaks the truth. M-A-M-A! I was once in your shoes, Feeling down with the blues, But the LORD came to my rescue! And now I get to be M-A-M-A. Thank God for making me M-A-M-A! I will always love you, And my Jesus will too! You can trust that His Word is true. Daughter, don't just follow the crowd, And don't totter, compromise, or be proud. Your friends gotta hear the gospel aloud When you tell them, "Jesus loves you!" One day you may be a mom, too. And then someday, when your daughter feels blue, That's when you'll say what your mama told you: Please remember Jesus loves you. Oh, I love being a M-A-M-A. And you'll love being a M-A-M-A. God gives everything For young moms to enjoy As you raise all your girls and boys. M-A-M-A... It's so great to be M-A-M-A. Daughter of mine, what I'm saying is true: Daughter of mine, Jesus really loves you! M-A-M-A... I'm so glad to be M-A-M-A. Daughter of mine, are you listening to me? Daughter of mine, wouldn't you like to be? M-A-M-A... I hope you'll get to be M-A-M-A. If your children bring you half the joy you've brought me, Then my God will have blessed you abundantly! M-A-M-A. M-A-M-A!
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