Mattie's Rag

Album: City To City (1978)
Play Video

Songfacts®:

  • Running to 3 minutes and 38 seconds, Rafferty wrote the 6th track on his monster City To City album for his daughter, Martha. In the 1970s, like a lot of music people, especially songwriters, Rafferty was embroiled in legal disputes, and this necessitated his commuting to London from his native Scotland. "Mattie's Rag" is a sort of Daddy's home song for his return to see his daughter.
  • The song was released as a single backed by "Home And Dry" and in another release as the B Side of "City To City", one version running to 4 minutes 9 seconds, and another to 5 minutes 35 seconds. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England, for above 2

Comments: 1

  • Reg from Kemptville, OnOn the City to City vinyl Mattie's Rag is listed at 3 minutes 26 seconds.
    Short but chatchy! (Almost an ear worm.)
see more comments

Editor's Picks

Chris Squire of Yes

Chris Squire of YesSongwriter Interviews

One of the most dynamic bass player/songwriters of his time, Chris is the only member of Yes who has been with the band since they formed in 1968.

Dave Mason

Dave MasonSongwriter Interviews

Dave reveals the inspiration for "Feelin' Alright" and explains how the first song he ever wrote became the biggest hit for his band Traffic.

Jesus Thinks You're a Jerk: Rock vs. Televangelists

Jesus Thinks You're a Jerk: Rock vs. TelevangelistsSong Writing

When televangelists like Jimmy Swaggart took on rockers like Ozzy Osbourne and Metallica, the rockers retaliated. Bono could even be seen mocking the preachers.

Let Me Be Your Teddy Bear: Teddy Bears and Teddy Boys in Songs

Let Me Be Your Teddy Bear: Teddy Bears and Teddy Boys in SongsSong Writing

Elvis, Little Richard and Cheryl Cole have all sung about Teddy Bears, but there is also a terrifying Teddy song from 1932 and a touching trucker Teddy tune from 1976.

Part of Their World: The Stories and Songs of 13 Disney Princesses

Part of Their World: The Stories and Songs of 13 Disney PrincessesSong Writing

From "Some Day My Prince Will Come" to "Let It Go" - how Disney princess songs (and the women who sing them) have evolved.

Dexys (Kevin Rowland and Jim Paterson)

Dexys (Kevin Rowland and Jim Paterson)Songwriter Interviews

"Come On Eileen" was a colossal '80s hit, but the band - far more appreciated in their native UK than stateside - released just three albums before their split. Now, Dexys is back.