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(Tom Lehrer)

From the Bible to the popular song
There's one theme that we find right along
Of all ideals we hail as good
The most sublime is Motherhood

There was a man though who it seems
Once carried this ideas to extremes
He loved his mother and she loved him
And yet his story is rather grim

There once was a man named Oedipus Rex
You may have heard about his odd complex
His name appears in Freud's index,
Because he loved his mother

His rivals used to say quite a bit
That as a monarch he was most unfit
But still and all they had to admit
That he loved his mother

Yes, he loved his mother like no other
His daughter was his sister
And his son was his brother

One thing on which you can depend is
He sure knew who a boy's best friend is

When he found out what he had done
He tore his eyes out, one by one
A tragic end to a loyal son
Who loved his mother

So be sweet and kind to mother
Now and then have a chat
Buy her candy or some flowers or a brand new hat
But maybe you should let it go at that
Or you may find yourself with a quite complex, complex
And you may end up like old Oedipus
I'd rather marry a duck billed platypus
Then end up like old Oedipus Rex


Copyright Tom Lehrer
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