Pink Floyd – Matilda Mother (testo)


There was a king who ruled the land
his majesty was in command
with silver eyes, the scarlet eagle
showered silver on the people
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

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

Wondering and dreaming
the words had different meaning
yes they did…

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…”.


Pink Floyd, Matilda Mother – 3:08
(Syd Barrett)
Album: The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (1967)

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Matilda Mother is a song by British band Pink Floyd, featured on their 1967 debut album, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn. Written by Syd Barrett, it is sung mostly by Richard Wright with Barrett joining in on choruses and singing the whole last verse. It was the first song recorded for the album. The lyrics quote fragments of fairy tales as read from a book to the singer by his mother (“read(ing) the scribbly black”, referring to writing in a book as a child sees it), and in the chorus he implores her to “tell me more”. “Matilda Mother” represents a common theme in Barrett’s work: his nostalgia for childhood and awareness that it could not be regained. The song begins with an unusual bass and organ interlude. Roger Waters repeatedly plays the B on the 16th fret of the G-string by varying the lower note from D to F# on the D string. Unlike many older beat and pop songs, the guitar rarely plays chords, and most unusually for Western music, Wright provides an organ solo in the F# Phrygian dominant scale with a natural sixth instead of its typical flatted counterpart. The song ends with a simple E mixolydian-based waltz with wordless vocal harmonies of Wright and Barrett. Barrett originally wrote the song around verses from Hilaire Belloc’s Cautionary Tales, in which a series of naughty children, including Matilda, receive their (often gruesome) comeuppance. He was forced to rewrite and re-record the track when Belloc’s estate unexpectedly denied permission to use these lyrics.
On the Masters of Rock compilation album, the song was misspelled “Mathilda Mother“. A previously unreleased alternative version was released in a 40th anniversary reissue of The Piper at the Gates of Dawn; parts of this version’s lyrics are also from Belloc’s Cautionary Tales, i.e. Jim and Henry King, whereas the chorus is the same as in the standard version. A different, stereo remix of the same alternative version was also released on the Barrett compilation, An Introduction to Syd Barrett in 2010. Extended version of this 2010 mix appeared in the Pink Floyd compilation box set The Early Years 1965–1972“.

(Wikipedia, voce Matilda Mother)


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