by Shannon Selig

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She never knew why mama wore sunglasses in the grocery store
And long sleeves in July
Didn’t understand the day they left her Dad behind
And never said goodbye
Mama packed her bags and barbies up and threw 'em in the car
Little girl cryin' in the backseat when mama said to her

Sometimes you have to let go of the ties
That held you up for so long
Even if you fall a few times
You’ll land where you belong
And you will learn to fly and finally be free
You can’t spread your wings until you cut those strings

She didn't want go away and leave her mom on moving day
When September came, but
Mama worked two jobs and saved every penny made and said "I dreamed someday
Girl, you'd go to college cause I never got that chance
Now it's time for you to go and be on your own", and then she said


Now she's standing at her bedside, they say Mama's already gone
And she has to sign these papers so Mama can move on
She holds that pen with a trembling hand
Not so sure she can say goodbye, but those words come back again



released November 12, 2013



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