Big Muff

Written by: 
Lee Perry, J. Martyn
4 Nov 1977

Well the man upstairs always lends an ear
To the man downstairs, even though he doesn't care.
The man up the spiral staircase would love to sympathize
With the man downstairs and the same old phrase.
Big Muff,

Can't you see I've had enough?
God knows you're trying to kill me.
Big Muff,
Get away with your powder puff,
Lord knows you're killing me.
It's like an allergy with no apology
It saps my energy,
Denies my integrity.
Big Muff,
Get away with your powder puff,
Lord knows you're killing me.
Good Lord knows you're stifling me.
God, Lord knows you're trying to kill me.

Well the man upstairs has learned it from his wife,
But the man downstairs has got trouble in his life.
The man upstairs don't notice what is wrong,
Every time he sees his neighbour singing that same old song.
Big Muff,
Get away with your powder puff,
Lord knows you're trying to kill me.
Big Muff,
Get away with your terrible stuff.
God knows you're killing me.
This thing is dangerous,
I tell you it's serious,
No need to be envious,
It's bigger than both of us.
Big Muff,
Can't you see that I had enough,
Lord knows you're trying to kill me.

Well, the man downstairs has moved away for good,
Like the man upstairs always knew he would.
The man downstairs has moved and gone away,
And a girl upstairs every night can hear him say:
Big Muff,
Get away with your powder puff,
Lord knows you're killing me.
Big Muff,
Can't you see I've had enough,
God knows you're stifling me.
It's like an allergy
With no apology
It saps my energy,
Most caterempously.
Big Muff,
Can't you see that I've had enough,
God knows you're stifling me.
God knows you're stifling me.
Oh lord knows you're trying to kill me.

Come on over, call my name and kill me.
I said, Darling write my number on the wall.

I could sleep on the edge of a razor,
Sleep on the edge of your bed,
Sleep on the edge of your tiny switchblade
And keep rocking you 'til I'm dead.

Big Muff, so sweet, so tender.
Big Muff, I've just got to surrender.
Slip and slide on a tin can side,
Slip and slide on a Big Muff.
Big Muff...

muffnote:
The first indented part started showing up in the mid eighties, the second in 1990.

Lee Perry and John met in 1976 during the latter's sabbatical in Jamaica. In 1977, Lee Perry was in London working with Bob Marley on 'Punky Reggae Party' () from David Katz' People Funny Boy. During this visit to the UK, Perry again crossed paths with John Martyn at one of Chris Blackwells' residences. Perry pontificated about the art of sex before Blackwell's assembled guests at the breakfast table. Scratch's wacky description of sexual union inspired Martyn, who was then working on his One World album; he thus wrote the song 'Big Muff', which Perry helped him record the next day.

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