Peter Alsop

Music for Children and Adults

Five Moms & Three Dads

From the album Ebenezer's Make Over Buy Now

by Tom Hunter

- Tom Hunter's fun look at communes!


We all live in a big old house

8 adults, 6 kids and one pet mouse

2 dogs, 3 cats and a parakeet

We got a great big garden and we never eat meat

My room’s upstairs and down the hall

It’s the one with the crayons all over the wall

3 other kids share the room with me

We’re just one big crazy family


Cho: And I’ve got 5 moms and 3 dads

It may sound strange, but it ain’t so bad

When you get tired of one, you can go find another

It’s a whole lot better than one dad and mother.


It’s not as confusing as it might be

At least I know which mom and dad had me

But some of the adults wonder if it’s okay

To go on raising their kids this way

I keep saying everything’s just fine

Cause mostly we have a pretty good time

It’s hard to explain just what you missed

If you’ve never had a home like this

Where I’ve got (Chorus)


I suppose some day when I’m all grown up

They’ll take a survey to see if I’m screwed up

Asking all of us hippie kids

What we think of what our parents did

I’ll have to ask which parents they mean

I’ve got a whole lot more than most kids I’ve seen

And if we haven’t solved all the problems yet

At least we’ve come up with a whole new set!

Cause I’ve got (Chorus)


So come on by and visit us

We’re the house with the black VW bus

There’s a swing out front and a beat up car

And a beer sign from some western bar

Sunday is our potluck night

Whatever you can bring, it’ll be alright

There’ll be games and songs and food and jokes

I’ll introduce you to all my folks,

I’ve got  (Chorus)


Written by Tom Hunter, ©1982, Long Sleeve Records.

On Ebenezer’s Make Over -