“Don't Swat Your Mother, Boys”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1988
Keywords: family mother children violence food
Found in: US


Two brothers come home to find that dinner is not ready. One is about to hit his mother because she is slow. The youngest child tells them, "Don't swat you mother, boys, just because she is old." They beg forgiveness


When I first saw this song, I couldn't believe it was a folk song. But here it is again. I'm pretty sure it appears in some other book(s) we have indexed, because I saw it there -- but I can't locate it now. - RBW


  1. Pankake-PHCFSB, p. 128, "Don't Swat Your Mother, Boys" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #15690
  3. BI, PHCFSB128