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And here's the truth, Jack
She left one night for the barroom life
And she never came back
And your sister's got the new kitchen
She's got a guy they're gonna try for the kid, okay

You came uncouth, Jack
You cried all the time so we gave you a lie
And you turned it to your fact
Your mama don't play the drums boy
You know she never touched a tambourine

You gotta be a grown man to understand
You don't cry for mommy
Or we're gonna take your pictures away
You never reminisce, Jack, keep track
And don't cry for mommy
Can't you hear a single thing that I say, okay

Do you remember her face, Jack?
Or the shock white thatch that she hid slid back
In a black silk hair sack
You know she's by some jukebox
Sipping scotch with any underage boy
That comes in

Take a look at this place, Jack
It's a cold blue brick and linoleum trick
That you turned into your trap
And you crouch by the phone like a fireplace
Thinking she'll call make your body all warm

You gotta be a grown man to understand
You don't cry for mommy
Or we're gonna take your pictures away
You never reminisce, Jack, keep track
And don't cry for mommy
Can't you hear a single thing that I say
You gotta be a grown man to understand
You don't cry for mommy
Ain't no sense to being stuck in this way

No calls today or any other days
You gotta leave the phone, you gotta leave it alone
You gotta quite crying and learn to face the pain

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from Nitetime, released January 1, 2003
Written by Julian Velard

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Julian Velard New York

Julian Velard is a singer, songwriter, and piano man. A biting 21st century wit in a stylish package—think Harry Connick, Jr. with the panache of a Brooklyn hipster—recalling Stephen Sondheim or Randy Newman at the peak of their talents.His comedic timing and musical stylings have made him a regular on The Howard Stern Show and NPR’s Ask Me Another. He is also an instructor for Linkedin Learning. ... more

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