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(Recorded October 1977) Inspired by the true life story of Skafish being chased home and repeatedly bullied by other kids. New Wave, Chicago blues, pop and punk lay the musical foundation for this "Dear Diary" entry.

lyrics

Tattle Tale

Hey little tattle you tell on me
(na na na na na na na na na na na)
Tattle tale never let me be
(na na na na na na na na na na na)
The teacher she says she cares
That’s why she calls my parents on the phone and warns them to beware
Push me and my books down the stairs
I run to the nurse for care and a band-aid
Nurse is laughing hah hah hah
Even she’s down on me
They didn’t give me therapy
Just lots of slapping and pushing around
Therapy was later when they all lost hope in washing out my mouth with soap

I’d love to play
I have no friends today
And it feels real bad - oh
That I am not ok
I ran home today
I hid in the garage
All day in the garage
My mother found me
She asks, “Why is everyone down on me?”
(I’m gonna push you down I’m gonna tell on you)

I’m leaving
I’m going
Farewell good-bye

The truant officer was out and looking all around for me
I don’t care I’m gonna leave
My mouth is bleeding
My clothes are ripped
I’m in hell
Every day I’m hit
Hey little tattle tale you tell on me
And you knock me down, down, down
I said, “Hey little tattle tale when will you stop beating another kid up?”
(I’m gonna tell on you I’m gonna tell on you)
(I’m gonna push you down I’m gonna tell on you)
I said, “Hey little tattle tale everyday you make me cry and run away everyday”
(na na na na na na na na na na na)
(na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na)

Written in 1977 by Skafish
© 1977 Skafish (Skafish Music/BMI)

credits

from What's This? 1976​-​1979, track released April 1, 2008
Personnel:
Skafish – Lead Vocals, Piano
Larry Mazalan – Lead Guitar, Guitar
Karen Winner - Guitar
David Prochazka – Organ, Backing Vocals
Greg Sarchet – Bass Guitar
Larry Mysliwiec – Drums

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Skafish Chicago, Illinois

Chicago and Indiana's first punk, new wave, alternative, indie and underground rock artist, and a pioneer of these art forms internationally. Skafish made his first record in 1970, has released 7 LP’s, toured/performed with such artists as The Police, Ramones, Iggy Pop, XTC, UB-40, Stranglers, The Cramps, English Beat, Sha Na Na, Scorpions, & U-2, and appeared in the film "Urgh! A Music War! ... more

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