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lyrics

MADAME DEFARGE

She used to like to sit up in her rocking chair
With her needlework, take the morning air
And chat with the pepper pots as the prisoners passed
And they'd laugh, they'd laugh, they'd laugh!

With the thread of a ball of yarn as big as a Prince's head
She inscribed the names in silk of the condemned to be dead
To hang as a Tuileries tapestry to make one and all aghast
And they'd laugh, they'd laugh, they'd laugh!

Madame DeFarge was a one-woman court
This one lives, that one dies!
That'll cut 'em down to size!"
So she worked her tricotage
Quel drôle sport!

She used to like to get a good view of the guillotine
How otherwise to enjoy the scene?
Doing her duty faithfully for the teeming mass
And they'd laugh, they'd laugh, they'd laugh!

At the spectacle of slicings right on the hour of four
Heads would roll, she'd call out for more
Her blanket wasn't finished, nor yet the ruling class
And they'd laugh, they'd laugh, they'd laugh!

Madame DeFarge was a one-woman court
"This one lives, that one dies!
That'll cut 'em down to size!"
So she worked her tricotage
Quel drôle sport!

Vive le grey poupon!

credits

from Blast​-​off!, released October 1, 2019
Richie Kaye (voice, archtop guitar)
Tony LaVorgna (alto saxophone)
Ernesto Vega (clarinet)
Sam Kuslan (piano)
Thomas Helton (string bass)

Words/music: Richard Kuslan (ASCAP)

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Richie Kaye Houston, Texas

www.richiekaye.com

Richie Kaye is a musical performer who has worked on television, on the live stage, in theaters, museums and clubs and in the subway. Now based in Houston, Texas, he's performed in the U.S. and Asia.

Prior recorded work includes Whinin' and Complainin': Classic Nashville Out-of-Love Songs, The Last Whoop-dee-doo, Richie Kaye's Music & Mirth and Fire and Fall Back
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