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Madame Butterfly
by Malcolm McLaren

Madam Butterfly
From the opera "Madam Butterfly" by Puccini
Adapted by Malcolm McLaren and Robby Kilgore

Back in Nagasaki I got married to Cho Cho San
That was her name in those days
And I was her man
I'm going back to visit her
She got a problem
She got a little Cho Cho
Cho Cho San was her name
And this is her tale of woe
Take it away Cho Cho

Cho Cho San:
Today's the day when I see clear
A tiny thread of smoke appears
Where blue skies fall upon the ocean
And shake this staid emotion

All the while I sing this song
I see a dot on the horizon
Growing bigger every second
Gleaming white in my direction

Who on earth can it be
Coming up the path for me?
What on earth will he say?
Shall I run to him or run away?

Freaking out he's come to get me
My feet are stuck but just won't let me
Run to him do I dare?
Madam Butterfly don't blow it


Calling Butterfly, Madam Butterfly
That's the name he used to give me
He's my man till the day I die
Oh sweet Butterfly, so sweet Butterfly
She's waiting
He'll be back, I have faith in this love track

Pinkerton's the name
Lieutenant Colonel Pinkerton! sir
U.S. Navy
I'm a bounder
I married a Yankee girl
But I went back to visit old Japan
Where there she was, Cho Cho San

Cho Cho San:
Gotta have something to believe in
My white honkey, I do miss him
Someday soon he'll come around
Just to stop my nervous breakdown

Call me fool! Call me stupid!
Bend my arrow kill this cupid
Say it with me
He'll be back
I have faith in this love track

Cho Cho San
My little wife
My sweet butterfly
That's the name I'll give her
When I return


Little sweet sweet Butterfly
I hear him crowing faintly
He thinks I'm just still sweet sixteen
I guess I'll tease him gently

Cho Cho San:
Calling Madam Butterfly
His angel plucked right from the sky
Hide my baby in mystic places
I feel the fear that I might die

Right in his arms and embraces
Softly kissing my eyelashes
Got no right no right to doubt it
Ain't no doubt no doubt about it

Call me fool! Call me stupid!
Bend this arrow kil this cupid
I have faith I'll always pray
My white honkey's here to stay


Calling Butterfly, Madam Butterfly
Butterfly, Butterfly have no fear
I'll be back to wipe your tears
Oh sweet Butterfly, so sweet Butterfly
She's waiting
I'll wait for him with unshakable faith
He'll be back

Contributed by Austin A. Suggest a correction in the comments below.
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Karen Merritt

Still listening to this in 2019. Malcolm was so talented.

Papi Elric

Karen Merritt
Me : 2020.



Peter C

If you haven’t listened to Waltz Darling. Please do. Way ahead of his time.


@Oliver M I'm from South London and he was big here in the early 80's! The album 'Duck Rock' was played to death in our friend group....happy memories of those days when music excited us! And now....dont get me started,I'll only sound old 😄

Oliver M

@weeeooow I ended up finding it through Buffalo girl video clip and I thought wow after all these years I've finally found it. Not sure where you come from but here in Australia it played a lot on a radio station called 2SM. Got a lot of air play!

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Elliott Salazar

CANNOT BELIEVE I found this song !!!! I remember it from 1984 ,... always loved it . SO underrated .

Carl Heinz

I have this on cassette and play it while working. Still a great tune in 2020!!!!!!!!!


The Knife's "Heartbeats" was definitely here.

Jessica Alegre-Lota

They don’t make music like they used to anymore. !!!80’!!!

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