Matilda Mother Lyrics – Pink Floyd – Piper at the Gates of Dawn

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Matilda Mother
(Barrett) 3:07

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
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 stories held me high on
Clouds of sunlight floating by.
Oh Mother, tell me more
Tell me more.

01. Astronomy Domine
02. Lucifer Sam
03. Matilda Mother
04. Flaming
05. Pow R. Toc H.
06. Take Up Thy Stethoscope and Walk
07. Interstellar Overdrive
08. The Gnome
09. Chapter 24
10. The Scarecrow
11. Bike

About The Song

“Matilda Mother” is a song by the English rock band Pink Floyd, written by founding member Syd Barrett. The song was released on their 1967 debut album, “The Piper at the Gates of Dawn”.

The lyrics of “Matilda Mother” describe a fairy tale-like story of a girl who is “born in a house full of pain” and finds refuge in a magical world of her own imagination. The song’s title is a reference to the character of Matilda, a young girl from Roald Dahl’s book of the same name.

Musically, “Matilda Mother” features a dreamy, psychedelic sound, with intricate guitar and keyboard arrangements that create a sense of wonder and enchantment. The song’s lyrics and musical style reflect the band’s fascination with fantasy, surrealism, and the psychedelic culture of the 1960s.

“Matilda Mother” is widely regarded as a classic example of Pink Floyd’s early sound and is considered one of the standout tracks on “The Piper at the Gates of Dawn.” It has been covered by numerous artists over the years and remains a fan favourite and a key part of Pink Floyd’s early catalog.

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