Muzorewi's Daughter

Lyrics

(1)

Get that spot, put it in the pot for me
Cos I'm Muzorewi's daughter
I'm Muzorewi's daughter
I'm Muzorewi's daughter
I'm Muzorewi's daughter

I was Muzorewi's daughter
I've been in the pot too long
Too hot in the pot too long
I'm Muzorewi's daughter
Muzorewi's daughter
African call love
Genteel laws love
I'm Muzorewi's daughter

Left wing hot properties
Out of the closets and sheet
Arouse Muzorewi's daughter
I'm Muzorewi's daughter
I'm Muzorewi's daughter
I'm Muzorewi's daughter

I'm Muzorewi's daughter
I'm Muzorewi's daughter

The trees are reeds with evil seeds for me
Cos' I'm Muzorewi's daughter
I'm Muzorewi's daughter
I'm Muzorewi's daughter
I'm Muzorewi's daughter
I'm Muzorewi's daughter

African call love
Genteel laws love
I'm Muzorewi's daughter
[I blow a wall] love
I'm Muzorewi's daughter
I'm Muzorewi's daughter

I'm too long in the pot
I'm too long in the mouth
I'm too long in the pot
I'm too long in the nips
I'm too long in the tits
I'm too long in the mitts

I'm Muzorewi's daughter
I'm Muzorewi's daughter
I'm Muzorewi's daughter
I'm Muzorewi's daughter
Muzorewi's daughter
Muzorewi's daughter

 

 

Notes

1. Although spelled "Muzorewi," here it's pronounced more like "Muzoweri." In any case, it's about Abel T. Muzorewa (pronounced muzz--o-ray-wah), a Methodist bishop who, for a few months in 1979, served as prime minister of Zimbabwe-Rhodesia, a transitional entity between Rhodesia and Zimbabwe. His party was electorally defeated in 1980; he subsequently ran against his successor, Robert Mugabe, in the presidential election of 1996, garnering less than 5% of the vote. The lyrics were largely written by Kay Carroll, the Fall's manager at the time, it seems; according to Carroll: "I hated him. He was so white, but he was black: he was playing Uncle Tom. This was like a first impression, a naive viewpoint. If you're Muzorewi's Daughter life's a bit of a lie, isn't it? Everything she'll see is like, potentially a threat."

Apparently Muzorewi did have at least one daughter; Andy sent me a link to an article about her (her husband's girlfriend was accused of hiring a hit man to kill her!). This site has too many dead links, so I recommend googing it if you want more information.

The song begins with what sounds like a faux-native American drum beat, reminiscent of Hank Williams' "Kaw-Liga" or Bill Monroe's "Cheyenne." I don't have a lot of insight into many of the lyrical details that follow.  

 

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Comments (19)

Mark
  • 1. Mark | 02/07/2014
I don't think it's "Arose Muzorewi's daughter" - sounds something like "She rounds: Muzorewi's daughter"
Martin
  • 2. Martin | 07/11/2014
I agree with Mark's comment above.
bzfgt
  • 3. bzfgt | 08/11/2014
I am listening to it, I got "arouse." I don't know how you guys are getting "She rounds," it clearly seems to me to start with "A-," whatever comes after...
bzfgt
  • 4. bzfgt | 08/11/2014
I took the brackets off some of the nonsense, not because it's clear but because I don't like brackets...
hippriestess
  • 5. hippriestess | 11/09/2016
Fun fact - Abel Muzorewa didn't have any daughters; he had three sons.

KC/MES could, of course, mean "daughter" in a wider sense, in the same that people talk of a whole generation as being "Thatcher's Children".
bzfgt
  • 6. bzfgt | 15/10/2016
Excellent! I don't know how we never checked on that, but it's the perfect result--it's interesting and relevant, and no more research is needed.
dannyno
  • 7. dannyno | 24/12/2016
Yeah, it's a counter-factual. Kay's comment is "if you're Muzorewi's daughter". "If".

Dan
bzfgt
  • 8. bzfgt | 27/12/2016
Dan, what is the context for that remark? I mean yours, not Carroll's. I don't get the point your making by emphasizing "if" at this moment.
dannyno
  • 9. dannyno | 07/01/2017
I was responding to hippriestess. Muzorewi didn't have daughters, but Carroll's explanation of the song doesn't commit her to the claim that he did.
bzfgt
  • 10. bzfgt | 04/02/2017
Got it, I agree. Her remark would make perfect sense if he had a daughter, but she doesn't even need to know whether he had one or not for the remark to make enough sense in any case.
Dave Parker
  • 11. Dave Parker | 18/03/2017
I didn't know it was Kay - the female viewpoint ("I'm too long in the tits" always seemed most unlike MES) suddenly makes sense. I never liked the "in the pot" lyric, but I can get it as being from the perspective of someone torn between the two sides. "Of its time" never rang truer, it could only be 1979.

I always heard it as "I was Muzorewi's daughter", fwiw.
bzfgt
  • 12. bzfgt (link) | 13/05/2017
Hold the presses--the dude DID in fact have a daughter:

http://nehandaradio.com/2017/05/09/woman-hires-hitman-kill-muzorewas-daughter/

Thanks to "Andy"...
Dr X O'Skeleton
  • 13. Dr X O'Skeleton | 17/05/2017
I may have misremembered this, but I seem to recall Muzorewa's daughter being suggested as a possible bride for Prince Charles, before Diana came along
dannyno
  • 14. dannyno | 17/05/2017
How can we never have checked whether Muzorewa actually had any daughters.

Even the Guardian obituary says he did:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2010/apr/12/bishop-abel-muzorewa


While still at theological school, Muzorewa was married, in 1951, to Maggie Chigodora, with whom he had five children. She and one of their children predeceased him. He is survived by three sons and a daughter.


re comment #13, I've had a look in the Daily Mail, Guardian and the Times, and have not found anything linking Charity Muzorewa and Prince Charles.
bzfgt
  • 15. bzfgt (link) | 18/05/2017
If you come up with evidence for that it'll be noted. It would be odd, though, since before last week none of my British contributors thought he had a daughter...
djbawbag
  • 16. djbawbag | 09/07/2019
Title inspired by the Nathaniel Hawthorne story Rappacinni's Daughter perhaps?
Evil seeds etc.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rappaccini's_Daughter
bzfgt
  • 17. bzfgt (link) | 12/07/2019
The number of syllables makes me like it, especially if the Hawthorne connection is genuine in Junger Cloth...I wish we had just a little more to tie it in
Tony Herrington
  • 18. Tony Herrington | 06/10/2019
Can I add a musical (non-textual) observation about this track: in its use of dynamic contrasts it is the template for grunge! Years ago in The Wire, Steve Albini (who should know) described (somewhat wearily) grunge’s use of dynamic musical contrasts as: quiet verses, loud choruses. Play “Muzorewi’s Daughter” back to back with “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and tell me you can’t hear the correspondences. Factor in Kurt Cobain’s known admiration for U.K. groups of this era (The Raincoats most famously, but The Fall too surely) and there you have it. Apologies if this is old news to everyone here, in which case, as you were, carry on, etc.
bzfgt
  • 19. bzfgt (link) | 19/10/2019
Yeah, worth mentioning! I bet we could find earlier examples of this template...The Monkees' "Randy Scouse Git"?

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