Lyrics to Mother Of Pearl

Lyrics to the song Mother Of Pearl as recorded by Roxy Music.


Turn the lights down, way down low
Turn up the music, hi as fi can go
All the gang's here, everyone you know
It's a crazy scene, hey there just look over your shoulder
Get the picture? No no no no .......(Yes)
Walk a tightrope, your life-sign-line
Such a bright hope, right place, right time
What's your number? Never you mind
Take a powder, but hang on a minute what's coming round the corner?
Have you a future? No no no no .......(Yes)

Well I've been up all night again party-time wasting is too much fun
Then I step back thinking of life's inner meaning and my latest fling
It's the same old story all love and glory it's a pantomime
If you're looking for love in a looking glass world it's pretty hard to find

Oh mother of pearl I wouldn't trade you for another girl
Divine intervention always my intention so I take my time
I've been looking for something I've always wanted but was never mine
But now I've seen that something just out of reach glowing very Holy grail

Oh mother of pearl lustrous lady of a sacred world
Thus even Zarathustra another time loser could believe in you
With every goddess a let down every idol a bring down
It gets you down but the search for perfection
Your own predilection goes on and on and on and on
Canadian Club love a place in the Country everyone's ideal
But you are my favorita and a place in your heart dear makes me feel more real

Oh mother of pearl I wouldn't change you for the whole world

You're highbrow, holy with lots of soul melancholy shimmering
Serpentine sleekness was always my weakness like a simple tune
But no dilettante filigree fancy beats the plastic you
Career girl cover exposed and another slips right into view
Oh looking for love in a looking glass world is pretty hard for you

Few throwaway kisses the boomerang misses spin round and round
Fall on featherbed quilted faced with silk softly stuffed eider down
Take refuge in pleasure just give me your future we'll forget your past
Oh mother of pearl submarine lover in a shrinking world
Oh lonely dreamer your choker provokes a picture cameo

Oh mother of pearl so so semi-precious in your detached world

Oh mother of pearl I wouldn't trade you for another girl
Oh mother of pearl I wouldn't trade you for another girl
Oh mother of pearl I wouldn't trade you for another girl

E.G. Music Ltd (c) 1973


Mother Of Pearl

Album Track

This song has some of Bryan Ferry's finest lyrics. It was peformed in most Roxy tours up until 1979 then remained unplayed until the 2001 Roxy Music Re-union tour.

The song was re-recorded for his unreleased Horoscope album in 1992 and was edited down to be used on the Ordinary Decent Criminal Soundtrack in 2000.


"Producer Chris Thomas was astonished-and so was everyone else in the studio- when Bryan came in and sang over a seemingly long instrumental track, the whole of the lyric of Mother Of Pearl from begining to end. No-one until that moment had heard or even seen a single line of the song"

Bryan dedicated this song to the Late Dr. Simon Puxley at Roxy Music's first performance in London for over 18 years at Wembley Arena 22nd June 2001, acknowledging that Simon had helped him write it.

Pretty And Twisted recorded a version of Mother Of Pearl for their eponymous debut album.

Song Musicians

Mother Of Pearl is on the following Roxy Music and Solo Albums