Received a letter just the other day
Don't seem they wanna know you no more
They've laid it down given you their score
Within the first two lines it bluntly read

You're not to come and see us no more
Keep away from our door
Don't come 'round here no more
What on earth did you do that for?

Our aunt, she don't wanna know she says
"What will the neighbors think, they'll think
We don't, that's what they'll think, we don't"
But I will, 'cause I know they think I don't

Our uncle he don't wanna know he says
"We are a disgrace to the human race", he says
"How can you show your face
When you're a disgrace to the human race?"

No commitment, you're an embarrassment
Yes, an embarrassment, a living endorsement
The intention that you have booked
Was an intention that was overlooked

They say, "Stay away
Don't want you home today
Keep away from our door
Don't come 'round here no more"

Our dad, don't wanna know he says
"This is a serious matter
Too late to reconsider
No one's gonna wanna know ya"

Our mum, she don't wanna know, she says
"I'm feelin' twice as old", she says
"Thought she had a head on her shoulder
'Cause I'm feelin' twice as older
I'm feelin' twice as older"

You're an embarrassment

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Embarrassment Lyrics as written by Lee Jay Thompson Michael Barson

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  • +2
    General CommentYep, this is pretty much what Barson and Thompson always say. It was written abou the reactions of a girl (Thompson's Sister) having a baby of mixed race out of wedlock.
    dwitefryon October 29, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentPaul Weller once said that this was his inspiration to write "A Town Called Malice", so as well as being an amazing song, it also inspired another one.
    KevInChesteron April 28, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLee Thompson wrote the song about his family's reactions when his sister became pregnant.
    c.o.joneson October 13, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis track proves Madness were (and still are) talented musicians & songwriters with a depth of emotion, able to tackle dark social issues. God I was so lucky to grow up with them!!
    DizziDogon April 02, 2010   Link
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    General CommentFor a beautiful and touching update on the story, check here:…

    The baby that caused all the bother is a grown up fine looking woman, and the family got over their prejudices to surround her with love.

    It's honestly like a fairy tale!
    jimqukon May 23, 2021   Link
  • -1
    General CommentThis song is about a girl who slept with a lad from a different culture and had a mixed race baby. Her family seemed to desert her beacuse they thought it brough shame on them. Its a very meaningful song, especially as Madness knew the family (I think)
    Surrenderyouregoon September 17, 2002   Link

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