Son, I'm 30
I only went with your mother 'cause she's dirty
And I don't have a decent bone in me
What you get is just what you see yeah
I see it so I take it freely
And all the bad piss ugly things I feed me
I never help or give to the needy
Come on and see me

I had to crucify some brother today
And I don't dig what you gotta say
So come on and say it
Come on and tell me twice

I said dad you're shabby
You run around and groove like a baggy
You're only here just out of habit
All that's mine you might as well have it
You take ten feet back and then stab it
Spray it on and 'tag it
So sack on me
I can't stand the needy
Get around here if you're asking you're feeling

I had to crucify somebody today
And I don't dig what you gotta say
So come on and say it
Come on and tell me twice

So sack all the needy
I can't stand to leave it
You come around here and you put both your feet in

I had to crucify somebody today
And I don't dig what you gotta say
So go on and say it

I had to crucify some brother today
And I don't hear what you gotta say
So come on and say it
Come on and tell me twice

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"Kinky Afro" as written by Gary Kenneth Whelan Paul Anthony Ryder

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.

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  • +3
    General CommentOne of the mondays greatest songs. a stream-of-consciousness from the father and son. my favourite opening line of all time.
    georgiecaseyon April 12, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentSuch a good song. :-)
    Tony Wilson says this is one of the greatest songs ever written about parenthood.
    feel me loudon June 08, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhat a tune!! Bez dancing in the video cracks me up every time!!
    NJJon March 03, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAgree with everyone here . This was/ is a great song. How many babies are born each year with fathers that could say the line in all honesty, 'son I'm 30 I only went with ya mother cause she's dirty'. I've read Shaun Ryder's autobiography. He's dead honest. And hates liars, pretenders. And he's seen all the b.s in the music industry. His brother, former Happy Monday's band member, has mentioned he thought Shaun wrote this line as a dig at him cause he became a parent real young. But no it isn't true. Shaun suggests in his book it's more about himself. Even though he was 28 wen he became a dad. Also from reading about him I've finally discovered 'sack on me' is a Manchester expression for ' giving up'' or ending something. That's makes the lyrics of this song make perfect sense. Sack on me cause I'm a loser who doesn't care ??? Maybe.
    shlepon November 15, 2017   Link
  • 0
    General CommentQuality choon, love the opening verse :D
    dave_1987on May 14, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe best opening line ever. Shaun Ryder was/is a lyrical genius.
    rubyoverdiamondson May 17, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyou take 10p back and then stab it
    spray it on and tag it
    wtrussleron March 23, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhy the title? I don't get it (English is not my mother tongue)

    Could anyone explain? Thaks in advance!
    locaxdaveon June 12, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis matures with the best, getting more tasty each time I hear it. I was actually surprised when I saw Shaun Ryder on the British TV programme 'Im a celebrity get me out of here', I was surprised just how together he still is after his heady days in rock and roll
    antomac1001on May 20, 2011   Link
  • 0
    Song FactAnthony Wilson states that Shaun Ryder wrote this song about his father, who was part of the Happy Mondays' road crew. Supposedly, he enjoyed the lifestyle just like any member of the band, and was forthright that he was unprepared for fatherhood. Wilson likes to compare this style of writing to W.B. Yeats' "A Prayer For My Daughter". Source is the commentary Wilson recorded for the "24 Hour Party People" feature film DVD, which is highly recommended.
    FilthyMcNastyon September 11, 2014   Link

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