"When mama was moth" as written by Elizabeth Fraser and Robin A. Guthrie....
Sunburst and snowblind
I'd seen the(I shouldn't fear) fear running down my brook
While mama was clear(queer), one more brook
Chills all start screaming
Ribbed and veined
The sunburst and the snowblind
A chill of fear running down my back
When mama was moth, I took bulb form
Body electric
Writhe in vain
Body electric X11


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"When Mama Was Moth" as written by Robin A. Guthrie Elizabeth Fraser

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  • +1
    General CommentThere's also an instrumental song on the EP Tiny Dynamine called "Ribbed and Veined;" don't know if it is meant to have any correlation with this song or not, but it's noteworthy.
    tumultinateakettleon January 02, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentLiz (Fraser, vocalist) often references nature in earlier songs. However, it's almost impossible to get an 'official' lyric from the Cocteaus; 8/10ths or so of what you read online seems incorrect, and alot of times just plain stoopid. Anyways, I kinda *thought* the song ended with her singing "mother electric"...wonder if mama got zapped by the bug light?
    11thomas11on May 23, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe first track off their album "Head Over Heels," it is a wonderful song. This is one of my favorite Cocteau Twins songs.
    ShayValentineon April 29, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI always thought she was singing "my blue electric" at the end. But, part of the magic of Cocteau Twins is that I don't think there are any real lyrics.
    tetsuo29on September 11, 2009   Link
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    General CommentSunburst and snowblind
    A chill of fluid right down my brook
    When mama was queen and a worker bee
    Shivers and start screaming
    Rage in vain

    The sunburst and the snowblind
    A chill of fluid right down my brook
    When mama was moth
    I took bulb form
    Body electric
    Writhe in vain

    My blue light trick
    My blue light trick
    My blue light trick
    My blue light trick
    My blue light trick
    Slartion August 02, 2014   Link
  • -2
    General CommentNice that you think its a "wonderful song", but you're supposed to discuss the meaning of it, in these messages.
    Anyway, the meaning is pretty much in the title: its about a baby moth (caterpillar?). This is referenced in the lines "ribbed and veined", and "when mama was moth, I took bulb form". EF is definitely one of the most imaginivative lyricists we have. -Famous Amos
    bugmenoton December 30, 2004   Link

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