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Lyr Add/Origins: Miss Patsy (Richard Thompson)

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AS I ROVED OUT (2)
BAD NEW IS ALL THE WIND CAN CARRY
CRAZY MAN MICHAEL
DIMMING OF THE DAY
DOWN WHERE THE DRUNKARDS ROLL
DRAGGING THE RIVER
FAREWELL FAREWELL
GENESIS HALL
GREAT VALERIO
KILLING JAR
LOCH LOMOND 2
MATTHEW, MARK, LUKE, AND JOHN
NOW BE THANKFUL
POOR WILL AND THE JOLLY HANGMAN
RAINBOW OVER THE HILL
SICKNESS AND DISEASES
SLOTH
THE DIMMING OF THE DAY (2)
THE OLD CHANGING WAY
TIME TO RING SOME CHANGES
TUIRSE MO CHROI
WALL OF DEATH
WHEN I'M PRIME MINISTER


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GUEST,x07afb 26 Jul 10 - 11:21 AM
Jim Dixon 27 Jul 10 - 02:57 PM
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Subject: Lyr Add: Miss Patsy - Annotation anyone?
From: GUEST,x07afb
Date: 26 Jul 10 - 11:21 AM

Hello,

I am playing at an event tomorrow and I want to play Richard Thompson's "Miss Patsy." Before I do so, I have to confess that I know very little about what the song is about. Can anyone give me any sort of historical context for the song, or direct me accordingly to a source?

Thanks in advance,
Allan


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Subject: Lyr Add: MISS PATSY (Richard Thompson)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 27 Jul 10 - 02:57 PM

Apparently this song has never been mentioned at Mudcat before. Maybe these lyrics will spark some discussion (copied from Richard Thompson's web site):


MISS PATSY
Richard Thompson

1. My dearest Miss Patsy, I'm writing to say
That I'm sorry to not be in touch.
It's been quite a parade, but my thoughts never strayed
Too far, or too long, or too much.
Miss Patsy, forgive all the choices I made.
I've been fighting shadows on the wrong crusade,
Looking for ghosts in a penny arcade.
Miss Patsy, no more will I roam.
Miss Patsy, won't you carry me home?

2. They held me to ransom back there in the foothills
And nobody stumped up a bean.
Not Swifty, nor Eddie, came up with the ready.
It can make you think people plain mean.
Miss Patsy, forgive all the choices I made.
I've been fighting shadows on the wrong crusade,
Looking for ghosts in a penny arcade.
Miss Patsy, no more will I roam.
Miss Patsy, won't you carry me home?

3. I've been hanging out with some virtuous people.
They emptied my bank account twice.
They gave me self-confidence, even some clothes,
And a truckload of love and advice.
When they gave out the cyanide pills with a wink
And said, "Wait for the word, any day now, we think,"
I knew it was time to pull back from the brink.
Miss Patsy, no more will I roam.
Miss Patsy, won't you carry me home?

4. Miss Patsy, I looked at myself in the mirror,
Decided I needed some work,
Got me a nose job, a shave and a haircut
To drive all them ladies berserk.
But the arm round my waist was a man in dark blue.
He said, "Ain't you him? We've been looking for you."
Now I'm sharing a cell with a holy kung fu.
Miss Patsy, no more will I roam.
Miss Patsy, won't you carry me home?


[From Richard Thompson's album "Front Parlour Ballads" (2005).]


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