I said I'm sitting here watching
Matchbox hole in my clothes
I said I'm sitting here wondering
Matchbox hole in my clothes
I ain't got no matches, but I sure got a long way to go

I'm an old poor boy
I'm a long way from home
I'm an old poor boy
And I'm a long way from home
I've never been happy
'Cause everything I ever did was wrong

Well, if you don't want my peaches, honey
Please don't shake my tree
If you don't want any of those peaches, honey
Please don't mess around my tree
I've got news for you, baby
Leave me here in misery, all right

Well, let me be your little dog
Till your big dog comes
Let me be your little dog
Till your big dog comes
And when your big dog gets here
Watch how your puppy dog runs

Well, I said I'm sitting here watching
Matchbox hole in my clothes
I said I'm sitting here watching
Matchbox hole in my clothes
I ain't got no matches, but I sure got a long way to go


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"Matchbox" as written by Carl Perkins

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    General CommentAnother original Carl Perkins number.
    foxyredon January 08, 2005   Link
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    General CommentYeah, I never really understood this song, but I'm fond of Ringo's singing, so I'll take it.
    EyeMtheWalruson April 16, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think this song might have something to with a guy getting used by some woman. Either that, or it might be about a fling of some sort. Or maybe it's about something completely different. To be honest, I'm not too sure what it's about. Of course, like EyeMtheWalrus said, it's got Ringo on lead vocals, so it's good with me.
    SailorGoldRabbiton August 07, 2010   Link
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    Lyric CorrectionIt's not “matchbox hole my clothes”, it's “Will a matchbox hold my clothes”. As in, I don't own much.
    lalomartinson July 17, 2011   Link
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    Song MeaningPerkins wrote this from bits of various different songs from the turn of the century, some of them made popular in the Jug Band age. The “Will a matchbox hold my clothes” (btw hold not hole) is from a song about being piss poor and on the road, a topic much of the blues of that time talked about. “I'm an old poor boy/and I'm a long way from home/I've never been happy/cause everything I ever did was wrong” is IIRC from the same original. The bits about the woman are from a different song, which was about a woman who was a tease but then played hard.
    lalomartinson July 17, 2011   Link

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