Latchkey Kid

Lyrics

(1)

Goin' around, doin' the town
Goin' around, doin' the town
Guv'ner o' Leipzig  (2)
Here I like to relax
With tobacco and sugar
and sugar      (3)
The people took centuries
 many people died to be
.... to bring with sugar to this ...?
stress universal hatred I'm a latch key kid
Two plus one I'm a latch key kid
... I'm a latch key kid
.... I'm a latch key kid
I'm a latch key kid
Got my muso wig
Can't do up my zip

Sent out into the cold again
I'm a latch key kid
Cold again
Bo diddy bo diddy bo diddy bo  (4)
I'm a latch key kid
Goin' around doin' the town
Goin' around doin' the town
I'm a latch key kid
When they're in there's nothing to shout about
I'm a latch key kid
I'm a latch key kid
I'm a latch key kid
And Dave is asleep again
on the bass     (5)
They're never in they're always out
I'm a latch key kid
Mr and Mrs Smith
Bo diddy...
Mr. and Mrs Smith
Mr. M. and I. Smith (6)
I'm a latch key kid

I'm a latch key kid I'm a latch key kid
They're never in I'm a latch key kid
They're always out I'm a latch key kid
My parents get people out
And there's nothing to shout about
And I'm in they're always out 

 I'm a latch key kid I'm a latch key kid
I'm a latch key kid, baby I'm a latch key kid I'm a latch key kid 
My parents get people out
When they're in there's nothing to shout about
I'm a latch key kid I'm a latch key kid

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Notes

1. I don't know if a note about the title is necessary, but it seems to me that the phrase "latch key kid" is not as common as it used to be (and the phenomenon that it names is probably, if not also less common, at least less socially acceptable these days). A latch key kid is a child who comes home from school to an empty house on a regular basis, and who thus must have access to a key to the house. "Latch Key Kid" kicks off a trio of bouncy songs on side 2 of Imperial Wax Solvent, with "Is This New?" and "Senior Twilight Stock Replacer" bounding along in its wake.

^

2. Zack reports that  "One 'G. O'LEIPZIG' is thanked in the liner notes of the Fall Heads Roll US CD" and that LEIPZIG [sic] is also on Your Future Our Clutter.

Note that neither of these are the album this song is from (Imperial Wax Solvent, 2008); Fall Heads Roll came out two (studio) albums prior, in 2005, and Your Future Our Clutter is the album after Imperial Wax Solvent, having been released in 2010. 

Also note that I don't follow that pedantic pseudo-rule involving the passive voice. Never have, never will, motherfuckers--I am not pleased by it.

Dan points out that Bach dedicated works to "Flemming, Governor of Leipzig."

^

3. This may be the name of a pub. This line introduces a second MES vocal line that winds into the other one; I haven't got them clearly picked apart and ordered above, unfortunately.

^

4. Hipppriestess points out that this "bo diddy" line is taken from "Wowie Zowie" by the Mothers of Invention.

^

5. David Spurr hasn't stopped playing at any point, but his line is fairly repetitive, as one often finds in a Fall song, so perhaps it something he can play in his sleep. Both MESes gang up on him here, with the second adding "on the bass."

^

6. A perplexingly (as they used to say in c.20th) Oedipal lyric: MES's mother is named Irene, but his father was Jack, as far as I can make out.

^

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Comments (10)

dannyno
  • 1. dannyno | 20/06/2015
I've been following up the "governor of Leipzig" reference, but it's not easy.

One of the governors was Count Friedrich von Flemming:
http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joachim_Friedrich_von_Flemming

The implicit German link is interesting. The German equivalent of "latchkey kid" is "Schlüsselkind".

And, er, that's as far as I've got.
Zack
  • 2. Zack | 03/03/2017
One "G. O'LEIPZIG" is thanked in the liner notes of the Fall Heads Roll US CD.
Zack
  • 3. Zack | 03/03/2017
^ Thanked on Your Future Our Clutter as well.
dannyno
  • 4. dannyno | 03/03/2017
Ooh, well spotted!
dannyno
  • 5. dannyno | 03/03/2017
Bach dedicated works to Flemming, Governor of Leipzig (see my comment #1). So maybe it's a jokey reference to Bach?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O_angenehme_Melodei,_BWV_210a
Zack
  • 6. Zack | 04/03/2017
B, in the liner notes for YFOC it says "G.O'LEIPZIG", plain as day: https://img.discogs.com/3XoEauAaTz0W7hvjI0C_j26RZ2w=/fit-in/600x622/filters:strip_icc():format(jpeg):mode_rgb():quality(90)/discogs-images/R-2258519-1380831452-4212.jpeg.jpg (Look it up on Discogs if that link doesn't work.)
thehippriestess
  • 7. thehippriestess | 12/05/2017
The "Bo-diddy, bo-diddy" part is pinched from "Wowie Zowie" by The Mothers of Invention (occurring at about 1m 20s)
dannyno
  • 8. dannyno | 13/05/2017
Good call, although "Wowie Zowie" has more of a "bom" or "baum" sound. But it's convincing anyway.
dannyno
  • 9. dannyno | 13/05/2017
Especially given that The Fall were commonly performing Hungry Freaks, Daddy from 2006 through 2007 with a 2010 revival and further appearances in 2011, 2013 and 2014. Latchkey Kid, of course, debuted in 2008.
bzfgt
  • 10. bzfgt (link) | 18/05/2017
Yeah, it's close enough for government work...

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