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Mother's Lament

This song is by Cream and appears on the album Disraeli Gears (1967) and on the compilation album Those Were the Days (1997).

Are we rollin'? A-one, a-two, a-three, a-four...

A mother was washing her baby one night
The youngest of ten and a delicate mite
The mother was poor, and the baby was thin
Twas naught but an skellington covered with skin

The mother turned 'round for a soap off the rack
She was only a moment, but a-when she turned back
Her baby had gone and in anguish she cried
"Oh, where 'as my baby gone?" The angels replied

"Oh, your baby has gone down the plug-'ole
Oh, your baby has gone down the plug
The poor little thing was so skinny and thin
He should 'ave been washed in a jug, in a jug

Your baby is perfectly happy
He won't need a bath anymore
He's a-muckin' about with the angels above
Not lost, but gone before"

Thank you.
Do you wanna do it again?


  • Traditional, arranged by Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, and Ginger Baker
  • Produced by Felix Pappalardi
  • Engineered by Tom Dowd


  • Lead guitar, harmony vocals: Eric Clapton
  • Bass guitar, piano, harmony vocals: Jack Bruce
  • Drums, percussion, harmony vocals: Ginger Baker

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