Stop Knitting, I Can’t Hear The Music

(Words and music by and © Talis Kimberley, 2013)

At the folk club one blustery evening
In the comp’ny of new friends and old
I was happily knitting a dishcloth
When I suddenly found myself told:

‘Stop knitting, I can’t hear the music!
I’ve had it to here with your click clicketty clicks
I don’t like your face, and this isn’t the place
For your wool and your damn pointy sticks!’

At the festival tent in the Summer
And the finest and first of the year
I was casting on something alpaca, I think,
When my nemesis once more appeared, and she said:

‘Stop knitting, I can’t hear the music!
I’ve had it to here with your click clicketty clicks
I don’t like your face, and this isn’t the place
For your wool and your damn pointy sticks!’

Safe at home with the TV one evening
All alone – well, except for the cats
I was turning the heel of sock, I believe
When the door knocker went rat-a-tat! And she yelled:

‘Stop knitting, I can’t hear the music!
I’ve had it to here with your click clicketty clicks
I don’t like your face, and this isn’t the place
For your wool and your damn pointy sticks!’

Well I’d had it, I really saw red then
(Which was odd as my knitting was blue)
I resolved that I’d knit where I wanted to knit
And I strongly suggest so should you!

Start knitting when listening to music!
Make beautiful things while your ears are employed
When you’ve knitted and purled you’re at one with the world
Except folk like her who are always annoyed, hence

‘Stop knitting, I can’t hear the music!
I’ve had it to here with your click clicketty clicks
I don’t like your face, and this isn’t the place
For your wool and your damn pointy sticks!’


A Little Bit About 'Stop Knitting, I Can’t Hear The Music'...

Jude at Corsham's delightful and friendly ‘Folk at the Oak’ told me a wonderful and true story about being told not to knit at a festival. The title is a direct quote. I had to write this, just for a bit of fun, but every time I sing it I ham it up a little more - culminating in an uproarious version at the Joliet library cafe where I swear it was the funniest thing ever. It also changes lyric pretty much every time I sing it. And it’s the second song to include knitting and cats!


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