Scullery 
Words & Music by Clifford T Ward

Written about his wife, Pat, it became the opening song to his 'Mantle Pieces' album (1973). The 'single' version became Cliff's third chart hit - though it only reached number 37. In a 'Radio Merseyside' interview in the late 1980s Cliff said:

'Indeed it was written for Pat. That was a very natural development at the time, as a song for me because we used to live in a lovely old Worcestershire farmhouse and it had a scullery. I can often now see my wife working away in that scullery, keeping it nice and clean as she's always kept the homes we've lived in. She was there working away, cleaning the floor ... Yeah ... because it was a polished stone block floor. My wife used to keep it so clean and tidy you could have eaten from it. I think I probably did!!! No, I didn't! I think from then I felt I must write this song and I sat down one night and wrote it.'


Scullery  

You're my picture by Picasso
Lighting up our scullery
With your pans and pots and hot-plates
You'd brighten up any gallery.

I could paint a different picture
Leafy lanes and flower scenes
But amid your cooking mixture
You still have ingredients that make you shine
And when you take your apron off I know you're mine.

You're my photogenic model
From the glossy magazine
In among your kitchen structure
Soapy water, washing machine.

I could take a different picture
Rolling hills and flowing gowns
But amid the foaming texture
Dirty linen isn't all that starts to shine
In rubber gloves and faded jeans you still look fine.

INSTRUMENTAL

I could paint a different picture
Leafy lanes and flower scenes
But amid your cooking mixture
You still have ingredients that make you shine
And when you take your apron off I know you're mine.

You're my picture by Picasso
Lighting up our scullery
With your pans and pots and hot-plates
You'd brighten up any gallery.

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