Oh, Tenn-e-ssee,

Tenn-e-ssee, Gamey

It’s you I see,

Tenn-e-ssee Gamey!

Whenever I look at my life

Weathered woman of oak I see.

Woman loved me no matter the strife

My Gamey hails from the hills of Tenn-e-ssee.

Snatched after being tossed at Gamey’s door

Said I was special kin.

Stayed cool with my tantrums on the floor;

Steered me away from cussin’; teenage sin.

Say Oma, Bomma,

Ouma, Amma

Nainal, Meme,

Abuela, Bibi.

Oh, Tenn-e-ssee,

Tenn-e-ssee, Gamey

It’s you I see,

Tenn-e-ssee Gamey

Gameys are gifts — special mamas;

Bubbes, Kuku created for both you and me.

Nana, Nonna, other answer Mhamos’,

Lola, Babushka and ole’ Mamie.

My Gamey hails from the hills of Tenn-e-ssee.

GG-Mom taught Gamey not to fib

Gamey passed this onto me.

Showed me the Golden Rule; women’s lib

Thanks, God, for Tenn-e-ssee Gamey.

For you who hear this ditty

No matter if you’re country or city

Treasure your Mawmaws, MeMe,

Ammas, Abuelas and loving Grannies

Oh, Tenn-e-ssee,

Tenn-e-ssee, Gamey

It’s you I see,

Tenn-e-ssee Gamey

Gameys are gifts — special mamas;

Bubbes, Kuku created for both you and me.

Nana, Nonna, other answer Mhamos’,

Lola, Babushka and ole’ Mamie.

My Gamey hails from the hills of Tenn-e-ssee

Tasker lives in Levittown, Pennsylvania, and has been a teacher for 30 years. He currently works with at-risk girls in New Jersey.

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