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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Matilda Mother Alternate Lyrics



There was a boy whose name was Jim
His friends, they were very good to him
They gave him tea, and cakes and jam
And slices of delicious ham
Oh Mother tell me more

Why'd'you have to leave me there
Hanging in my infant air, waiting
You only have to read the lines of
Scribbly black and everything shines

The chief defect of Henry King
Was chewing little bits of string
At last he swallowed some which tied
Itself in ugly knots inside

Wondering and dreaming
The words have different meanings
Yes they did...

Finding she was left alone
Went tiptoe to the telephone, 999
Summoned the immediate aid
Of London's Noble Fire Brigade

For all the time spent in that room
The doll's house darkness old perfume
And fairy stories held me high
On clouds of sunlight floating by
Oh Mother tell me more
Tell me more...

Syd wrote Matilda Mother (originally titled: Snowing) around verses from Hilaire Belloc's Cautionary Tales, in which a group of misbehaving children, including Matilda, receive their (often gruesome) just deserts. Barrett was forced to rewrite and re-record the song when Belloc's estate unexpectedly refused permission to use these lyrics.

Matilda Mother Alternate, Snowing, lyrics:

There's always someone in the know
That drives that dogsled in the snow
Oh driver! I'll be bored
Why did you possess them so?
When you heard children at the door

Waiting!

You haven't heard the last of it
All locked yourself in side all that snow

As predicted in the night
ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh
And I will swallow lumps of snow
Lumps and ugly dumpling pie
Oh brother! I mean more
Why did you posses them so
When you heard children at the door

Waiting!

So how'd you think you'd think you'd feel
All locked yourself inside all that snow

Final, Matilda Mother, lyrics:

There was a king who ruled the land
His majesty was in command
With silver eyes the scarlet eagle
Showers silver on the people
Oh Mother, tell me more

Why'd'ya have to leave me there
Hanging in my infant air
Waiting
You only have to read the lines
They're scribbly black and everything shines

Across the stream with wooden shoes
With bells to tell the king the news
A thousand misty riders climb up
Higher once upon a time

Wandering and dreaming
The words have different meaning
Yes they did

For all the time spent in that room
The doll's house, darkness, old perfume
And fairy sories held me high on
Clouds of sunlight floating by
Oh Mother, tell me more
Tell me more
Aaaaaaaah
Aaaaaaaah
Aaaaaaaah



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1 Comments:

Blogger Argantonio said...

I love this one...too!
Lovely Belloc collage!!!

July 13, 2010 at 1:02 PM  

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