Richard Thompson - Mother Knows Best Lyrics

So you think you know how to wipe your own nose
So you think you know how to button your clothes
You don't know shit if you hadn't already guessed
You're just a bump on the log of life
'Cause mother knows best

She tells everybody she was born in a ditch
She backcombs her hair till she looks like a witch
Wolves in her train, serpents suckle at her breast
Don't forget to wish behind your ears
'Cause mother knows best

O you lost your job, well ain't that a shame
Got nobody but yourself to blame
You deserve everything you get for such carelessness
And don't eat your peas off the knife
'Cause mother knows best

So your baby's hungry, so your baby's sick
Don't make babies, that'll do the trick
Put another string of barbed wire in your little love nest
It's better than a cardboard box
'Cause mother knows best

She got a zombie army to serve her well
She got a thousand bloodhounds from the gates of Hell
She got a hundred black horses with sulphur and coal on their breath
And she rides the unbelievers down
Mother knows best

She says, bring me your first-born, I'll suck their blood
Bring me your poor, I can trample in the mud
Bring me your visionaries, I can puthout their eyes
Bring me your scholars, I'll have them all lobotomized
'Cause mother knows best

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  1. Elliott Salazar

    Crazy awesome !!!!

  2. Jennifer Beetz

    why are there only 7,400 or so views of this? makes no feckin sense...

  3. Chief Kurtz

    Is there a more magical moment than 1:49 - 2:08?

  4. Madeleine Hague

    And they still call this guy a FOLKIE!   Fockin' 'ell!  (RT Forever)

  5. magicdova

    Thanx for pointing out that this was written about Thatcher. I've enjoyed this song for many years, but you've managed to point out yet another reason to enjoy it. What a fitting tribute to that pompous silly cow.

  6. gaspode18

    @rocktenniscat Yep. Check out his other two anti-Thatcher songs as well: - 'Walking in a Wasted Land' and 'Can't Win'. I think they're both on YouTube somewhere.

  7. gaspode18

    @tennis11ish Recorded on the day she resigned.

  8. John McKinlay

    Fabulous! Thank you willowcrown. Next Tuesday I'm going to see him play...again !