"Little Red Riding Hood Hit the Road" as written by and Wyatt....
Orlan don't tell me, oh no
Don't say oh God
Don't tell me oh dear me
Heaven's above oh no
I can't stand it
Please oh deary me
What in heaven's name?
Oh blimey mercy me
Woe are we oh dear
Oh stop it
Stop it

You've been so kind
I know I know
So why did I hurt you?
I didn't mean to hurt you
But I'll keep trying
And I'm sure you will too

I want it I want it I want it give it to me
I give it you back when I finish the lunchtea
I lie in the road try to trip up the passing cars
Yes me and the hedgehog
We bursting the tyres all day
As we roll down the highway towards the setting sun

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"Little Red Riding Hood Hit the Road" as written by Robert Wyatt


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    General CommentFor a literal interpretation: it's a song about animals, namely moles and hedgehogs, that are ran over in roads by cars, and (perhaps ironically) the guilt and pain feelings such an event inflicts over drivers who run over them. In the first part of the poem, a driver is remorseful over one such running over incident, to the point of wanting to be able to go back in time to avoid the death (and hence the rewind at the end of the first section).
    In the following section, the driver apologetically regrets all similar incidents, saying he will keep trying to avoid it in the future and (to great irony and comedic effect) adds that he is sure the moles and hedgehogs will keep trying as well.
    In the last section, under the wolf's voice, a mole says the opposite, claiming to be part of a concerted effort with the hedgehogs to trip cars and blow their tires in a highway. Ironically, I guess.
    The title does them the animals justice: the song is named "little red riding hood hits the road", as it's the color the moles and hedgehogs go when ran over by cars.
    Why moles? Well, just go and listen to parallel "little red robin hood hit the road" part of the same album.

    Probably my favorite Wyatt song. The puzzling lyrics haunted me for quite a few years until I came up with this perfectly logical interpretation (heh, you tell me). Its irony and humor has helped me cope with the strong lyrics better.
    aavvon July 22, 2012   Link
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    General CommentFirst, I need to say that "Rock Bottom" is the most beautiful record I've ever heard (alongside with Talk Talk's "Laughing Stock"), an album on which I could comment endlessly. But I'm a Frenchboy, so I speak English like a Spanish cow (that's how we say it...).
    WHY is there no comment about Wyatt's work ?
    For those who never heard this song, I think you need to know that the last verse is told by the mouth of the "Wolf" (anyway you could call him), which also appears at the end of "Little Red Robin Hood Hit The Road". A wolf walking with a hedgehog isn't very natural...
    The Dog That Ate...on July 14, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI love this song tho find it almost unlistenable! As I see it its about the pain Wyatt went through after the accident that put him in a wheelchair. The next track is about coming out of it, still drugged up, his partner Alfie (Alfreda Benge) is there with him. The album title 'Rock Bottom' is a pun on both hitting an all-time low and his lower-half paralysis. I can see how the final track could send you in an 'animals' direction...I see it as Wyatt the hedgehog (hedgehogs being the classic roadkill victims) getting his own back! 'Bursting the tyres all day' etc.But less sure about that.'The Garden of England' is Kent, where he grew up, went to Canterbury Grammar with Kev Ayres (RIP), Mike Ratelege, Hugh Hopper, and the guys from Caravan.
    The accident seems to have made him reflective, sent him back to his childhood. And inspired some beautiful music, but you can't be glad it happened, can you?
    andy77whiteon November 24, 2013   Link

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