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Look Mummy, No Hands

from by Amanda Palmer

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Remember the fair, mum?
The two of us there, mum
By the merry-go-round

I stood there entranced
As the bright horses danced
To a magical sound

Just a dollar for pleasure untold
And I rode in a whirl of scarlet and gold

Look mummy, no hands
I’m riding the roundabout all by myself
Look mummy, no hands
I called as I passed her, faster and faster
Hold on tight darling, she called out in fear
But I laughed and pretended that I couldn’t hear
How careless we are when we’re young

Remember the years
Of the sulks and the tears?
Do you recall?

I hated you when you said
Be back by ten
I knew it all

Always asking to know what I’d done
When as far as I knew, I was just having fun

Look mummy, no hands
I know how to take good care of myself
Look mummy, no hands
Please don’t be a bore, cos I know the score
She tried to warn me, but I didn’t heed her
I was grown up, and I didn’t need her
How careless we are when we’re young

Remember the daughter?
And all that you taught her?
She’s grown up at last

With a child of her own
She struggles alone
As the years all rush past

But now you’re not there to answer her call
You’re not there to catch her when she stumbles and falls

Look mummy, no hands
I’m having to do it all by myself
Look mummy, no hands
I used to dismiss you, now I just miss you
As my child grows away from me, I feel my heart sinking
I look back and smile, and I find myself thinking
How careless we are when we’re young


from There Will Be No Intermission, released March 8, 2019


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performer, writer, giver, taker, listener, love-lover, rule-hater and co-founder of the Brechtian punk cabaret duo, The Dresden Dolls.



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