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Poor Mum
Molly Drake Lyrics

Poor mum, poor mum
After a lifetime of dreaming
Poor mum, poor mum
Whatever became of your scheming

Nothing worked out
In the way that you planned
Nothing was quite as you thought
Try very hard not to misunderstand
Joy as it flies
Cannot be caught

Poor mum, Poor mum
Where did you take a wrong turning?
Poor mum, poor mum
Pack up that last little yearning

Pack it away with the books and the toys
Silent and dumb
Silent and mend

Go out and grab at your life
And forget
You are poor, poor...

Writer(s): Molly Drake

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Comments from YouTube:

Mike Mono

Wiw... She uses exactly the same phrasing and melodic soundscape Nick Drake explored. Shows you that sometimes talent of genius doesn't appear out of the blue

Randall Throckmorton

It’s amazing how those similarities can be heard across different genres, instruments and eras. I wonder if she had a family influence herself or did her genius emerge out of the blue.

Antonio Persano

One of the most brilliant and sublime song that I ever heard here. Thanks you Mum, thank you Molly, Thanks you Nick

Riccardo Verde

These are in the english ballad tradition- and it's heir in Morrissey

Molly Pots

Oh my. How poignant and fatalistic. Mesmerising. Love it.

Richard Parnell

Almost impossibly poignant in the light of subsequent events. Lovely even on its own.


Was Molly inspired by jazz? Do we know what kind of records she owned?

Flipindistical Pictures

I think that she is taking the Mickey out of her own son....her son was a sad boy. Didn't he have a song called Poor Boy? That's my story and I'm sticking to it.


Molly recorded this sometime during the 1950s when Nick was still a young boy, but he was heavily influenced by her mom's songs and you could say that many years down the road, 'Poor Boy' is Nick's answer to this song.

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