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Barra
Go Limp
1964 Alex Comfort, Nina Simone
Recording sessions
1964 April 4-6: New York
Oh daughter dear daughter take warning from me
And don't you go marching with the NAACP
For they'll rock you and roll you and shove you into bed
And if they steal your nuclear secret you'll wish you were dead
Singing tu ra la tu ra la tu ra la ay ay

You get the gist of the song now
When we get to the chorus again
I expect you to sing with lust
Oh mother dear mother no I'm not afraid
For I go on that march and I'll return a virgin maid
With a brick in my handbag and a smile on my face
And barbed wire in my underwear to shed off disgrace
Alright now hootennanny time come on let's go
Singing tu ra la tu ra la tu ra la ay
They didn't get it that time we're gonna do it again
Singing tu ra la tu ra la tu ra la ay

I forgot the last next verse I really did
Oh oh ha ha ha ha ha ha I forgot it ha
Well I'll take my time
I told you about mama didn't I yeah
Oh okay I got it now
One day they were marching a young man came by
With a beard on his chin and a gleam in his eye
And before she had time to remember her brick
And before she had time to remember her brick
They were holding a sit-down on a neighbouring hay-rick
Come on now now this is the audience participation come on
Singing tu ra la tu ra la tu ra la ay
Let's do it again
Singing tu ra la tu ra la tu ra la ay

That's better that makes up for all the times
You went to the bar when you weren't supposed to do it
Oh my goodness
For meeting is pleasure and parting is pain
And if I have a great concert
Maybe I won't have to sing those folksongs again hm
Oh mother dear mother I'm stiff and I'm sore
From sleeping three nights on a hard classroom floor
Come on singing tu ra la tu ra la tu ra la ay ay
Come on singing tu ra la tu ra la tu ra la ay ay

I missed one verse I forgot which one it was now
Oh oh I know what it is
One day at the briefing she'd heard a man say
Go perfectly limp and be carried away
So when this young man suggested
It was time she was kissed
She remembered her briefing and did not resist
Let's go singing tu ra la tu ra la tu ra la ay

Oh mother dear mother no need for distress
For that young man has left me his name and address
A funny song
And if we win though a baby there'll be
He won't have to march like his da-da and me

(Lyrics transcription by Roger Nupie)
 
 
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