Her response is to remind him of the labor pains, the worry, the food and the clothes, all of which she’s provided at “no charge.” He, of course, zeroes out his invoice. “Don’t Forget To Remember Me,” Carrie Underwood (2006) – Whether it’s her little girl’s first apartment or her departure for college, it’s a good bet that Mom will still be there for support.
That bill in the ashtray isn’t just a gesture of love; it’s also a token of Mom’s ability to plan ahead.
“To Daddy,” Emmylou Harris (1977) – Dolly Parton wrote an enormously sad song that unfolds as if she were a child reporter, detailing the facts about her parents’ relationship.
Mom does her family chores while Dad treats her more like an employee or a possession than a mate.
And now all of a sudden, oh it seems so strange to me.
In this case, she gets a phone call from her adult son, looking for advice from his best-loved guidance counselor.
Martina documents a real “special” time in parenthood. The cowboy in this spare, dark production changed his point of view just before drawing his final breath in a pool of blood on a barroom floor. It’s cheesy and contrived, but if you don’t feel at least a smattering of emotion over it, your own mama probably doesn’t like you.
“Don’t Take Your Guns To Town,” Johnny Cash (1959) – Was Mom a nag? “No Charge,” Melba Montgomery (1974) – An enterprising kid figures out a way to make money from Mom, and hands her a .75 bill for doing all his chores.
In this case, it’s a mother/son chat as he tries to figure out exactly why his own household is falling apart.
“Mama Tried,” Merle Haggard (1968) – Perhaps the hardest part of the job for mothers: You can do everything right, and the kid insists on messing up anyway.