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Lyr Req: Bloomers (Maddy Prior)

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Cuilionn 07 May 98 - 08:02 PM
Wolfgang Hell 12 May 98 - 12:40 PM
Cuilionn 13 May 98 - 01:25 AM
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Subject: Lyrics for Maddy Prior's
From: Cuilionn
Date: 07 May 98 - 08:02 PM

An ancient and battered cassette of Maddy Prior's music, stolen from a friend, contains a song detailing the personalities of various flowers in grand and dangerous style. The flowers mentioned, are, I believe, rose, thistle, poppy, and wallflower. The chorus goes something like this:
    "Stinking plant in the hedgerows, with grim grit will flourish
    While nicely-bred orchids wilt in the front window florist's,
    But dark mother earth will catch them all up
    And trundle them back into the forest."
I'm sure I'm not hearing the words right, and can't make out some of them at all, but I'm captivated by what I CAN hear...can anyone give me complete lyrics? Help!

A h-uile beannachd leibh,


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Subject: Lyr Add: BLOOMERS (Maddy Prior)
From: Wolfgang Hell
Date: 12 May 98 - 12:40 PM

Cuilionn, here it is, copy&pasted from this site , on which you probably also find the lyrics to the other songs on your tape and the title of the record it was made from.


(Maddy Prior)

Fine English rose in rich soil she grows
Old walls shield her from the wind that blows
Resulting cultivation supplied with every need
Seeking for a weed that's of the right seed

Proud purple thistle it's wiser not to pluck
Growing where she can, she never waits for luck
Brought up in a hard school thistle down the wind
Raised on blunt words more sinned against than sinned

Stinking plants in the hedgerows
With grim grit will flourish
While nicely bred orchids
Wilt in the front window florist
But dark mother earth
Will catch them all up
And trample them back into the forest

The vamp of vegetation the scarlet poppy flirts
Laughs as she dances flaunting flimsy skirts
Tempting the senses with her milk white juice
Sensual opium determined to seduce

Independent wallflower careered through her youth
And caught unawares she turns to face the truth
Laughs at the battle of the sexes, but listens for the sound
Of strife and separation to declare the second round

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Subject: RE: Lyrics for Maddy Prior's
From: Cuilionn
Date: 13 May 98 - 01:25 AM

Oh, hurrah! Muckle thanks tae ye, gu dearbh! Help, me, I'm speaking in tongues. Guess I'm just THAT happy that you have finally cleared up my lyrical mystery.

Mudcat rocks!

You rock!

Thanks again,


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