"Dumb Waiters" as written by Richard/butler Butler and Roger Nicholas/kilburn Morris....
Give me all your paper ma
Gimme all your jazz
Give me something that I need
Something I can have
Mrs. London's coming round
She's coming with her son
Gimme all your paper ah
So I can get a gun
She has got it in for me
Yeah I mean it honestly
She's so mean
Give me all your paper ma
So I can buy a train
They just want to suck you in
To being one of them
Tell her that I'm not in here
Tell her I'm a freak
Tell her that I fall about
Every time I speak
She has got in for me
Yeah I mean it honestly
I just scream
Give me all your paper ma
So I can buy a train
I don't know how I got in here
It's making me insane
Have another cigarette
And have another cigarette
In a room where lovers go
Talking on the telephone
They have go it in for me
Yeah I mean it honestly
They all dream


Lyrics submitted by AlgernonMabus

"Dumb Waiters" as written by John Ashton Duncan Kilburn

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    Song MeaningI've heard this great song a million times and I still can't figure it out. I'll take a stab at it. Based on the cacophonous melody and stream-of-consciousness lyrics it sounds like a coked-out scenester, paranoid, trying to avoid everyone and wanting to stay alone in his room of hell.

    "tell her that i'm not in here
    tell her i'm a freak"

    and
    "they've got it in for me
    yeah i mean it honestly"

    I dunno...my two cents...

    Shatteron March 22, 2011   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningHere's my meaning for this song even though it's a bit confusing.
    I think this guy just wants to get rid from the lady coming from London along with her son. He expects his friend (maybe a flatmate) to be smart enough and keep her away from him, so that they don't have to be together again. Maybe because it was a only night standing when they've first met or just because the feeling is gone and she doesn't get it.
    luizbrandaoon February 28, 2015   Link
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    General CommentOhmeegod! I can't believe there are no comments on this song!
    Gah...hmm...about the meaning, I really have no idea.
    mediocremurphyon November 26, 2010   Link
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    General CommentAmazing song. I love the saxophone.
    liktheangelon March 06, 2011   Link
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    My OpinionI agree with Mr. Shatter, the lyrics sound like the words of a paranoid on dope, alone in his room of hell. I particularly appreciate the slow, simple, and hypnotic melody, with the rhythm at 75,5 BPM, surely suitable to heavy metal. Differently from heavy metal, this song is based on a refined linguistic ambivalence. By one side, it appears as an adaptation of "The Dumb Waiter", by Harold Pinter, one-act play written in 1957, where the word "waiter" is related to food. The mysterious and dark atmosphere seems to be the same. To the other side, I think that the band also wanted to describe a peculiar point of view, of a kind of man waiting for "paper" as a corrispective of his "dumb" activity, in fear of "Mrs. London" and his "son". The type of man of the song wants all your "paper", of course money, partly to buy a "gun" (personal defence) and a "train" (way to escape). Who is he? Possibly a drug dealer, given that in London the narcotic police (the "son") belongs to the City administration ("Mrs. London").In one word, the song is
    "fantastic", even if a little bit devilish.
    maxlookdjon April 10, 2018   Link

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