Be Somebody... or Be Somebody's Fool!

Be Somebody... or Be Somebody's Fool!

I just discovered the most wonderful thing.  It's a children's motivational video that Mr. T put out in 1984.  

In the video, he counsels kids on fashion, breakdancing, peer pressure and respecting their elders.  Here he is rapping about why you should "Treat Your Mother Right".  

"Mother, there is no other

Like Mother, so treat her right
Mother, I always love her
My mother, so treat her right, treat her right

M  is for the moan, and the miserable groan
from the pain that she felt when I was born

O is for the oven with it's burnin' heat
where she stood makin' sure I had something to eat

T is for the time that she stayed up at night
and took my temperature when I wasn't feelin' right

H is for the hard earned money she spent
to keep clothes on my back and try to pay da' rent

E is every wrinkle I put on her face
and every worry that I caused when I stayed out late

The last letter R is that she taught me respect
and for the room up in heaven that I know she'll get

She's a Queen
Second to none
Take care of Mother

You only get one."

Sage advice, Mr. T, sage advice.  Here's a little bit of trivia for you.  The rhymes were written by a scrappy young rapper named Iced T.  With that in mind, the lyrics make a little more sense.  What other kids' motivational video teaches you to respect the miserable pain of childbirth, the difficulties of paying da' rent and the place in heaven that your mom will surely get?  The more you know, I guess.

You can see the whole head scratcher of a video here:

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