The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #8026 Message #3134084
Posted By: GUEST,MorwenEdhelwen1
12-Apr-11 - 09:56 PM
Thread Name: Origins:Matilda [Mathilda](King Radio/Norman Span)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Matilda, Matilda (from Harry Belafonte)
Maybe so as to why she took the money, but why would she sell the cart and horse though? Another question about the lyrics; in the Great Depression (when King Radio's version appeared) would five hundred dollars have been enough to buy a "house and land"in Trinidad? Doesn't five thousand make more sense? I believed when I first heard it that she was a gold-digger but wouldn't a gold-digger just take the money and not care about the cart and horse?
P.S. Does anyone think the singer is probably drowning his sorrows whiel he tells the story?