"Mama Lay Softly on the Riverbed" as written by and Steven Patrick/whyte Morrissey....
Mama, why did you do it?
Mama, who drove you to it?

Was it the pigs in grey suits
Persecuting you?
Uncivil servants
Unconcerned at how they frightened you
Life is nothing much to lose
It's just so lonely here without you

Mama, why did you do it?
Mama, who drove you to it?

Spare priggish money men
Who scared the life out of you
Bailiffs with bad breath
I will slit their throats for you
Life is nothing much to lose
It's just so lonely here without you, mama

Life is nothing much to lose
It's just so lonely here without you

So, we're gonna run to you
We're gonna come to you
We're gonna lie down beside you, mama

We're gonna be with you
We're gonna join you
We're gonna lie down beside you, mama

And we will be safe and sheltered in our graves
We'll come before you
And we will kiss you
By way of one final hug, mama


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"Mama Lay Softly on the Riverbed" as written by Steven Morrissey Alain Gordon Whyte

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    General Commentla, la, la Roy's Keen
    jesuisbryonyon May 22, 2008   Link
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    My OpinionThis is one of my favourites from the new album. It's passion, anger and revenge with a meandering and thundering musical backdrop.

    It's also interesting to note the title- the writer Virginia Woolf commited suidide by jumping into a river with stones in her pockets, and suffered from mental illness throughout her life. This could have been Morrissey's inspiration for the title and for placing it after 'Something Is Squeezing My Skull'. I wouldn't read too much into this, though- it's just an observation which I noticed had also been made by Simon Goddard in 'Mozipedia'.
    PlunderingDesireon March 07, 2010   Link

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