Goodbye, Mama, don't you cry.
Wipe the tears beneath your eyes.
Mama, it's time to go away.
And heaven knows how long you'll stay.
Mama never did no good.
Never did the things a mother should.
And now she gets her just desserts
No matter just how much it hurts.
She said she never knew she was doing wrong.
But I think she knew it all along.
And now she's going away and she's going to have to stay real strong.
Goodbye, Mama, don't you fret.
Don't go saying things you might regret.
It'll only be a couple years.
It won't be very hard to hold our tears.