Song Lyric Sunday: Creepy Crawlies – ‘Boris The Spider’

This week’s shudder-inducing theme for Song Lyric Sunday is insects and other creepy things that most right-minded people find utterly horrible.

It must be said that such creatures are not typical subjects for your average songsmith. There again, The Who’s bass guitarist, John Entwistle, was far from typical. ‘Boris The Spider’ is obviously a novelty song, but it certainly has a darker edge to it.

Look, he’s crawling up my wall
Black and hairy, very small
Now he’s up above my head
Hanging by a little thread

Boris the spider
Boris the spider

Now he’s dropped on to the floor
Heading for the bedroom door
Maybe he’s as scared as me
Where’s he gone now, I can’t see

Boris the spider
Boris the spider

Creepy, crawly
Creepy, crawly
Creepy, creepy, crawly, crawly
Creepy, creepy, crawly, crawly
Creepy, creepy, crawly, crawly
Creepy, creepy, crawly, crawly

There he is wrapped in a ball
Doesn’t seem to move at all
Perhaps he’s dead, I’ll just make sure
Pick this book up off the floor

Boris the spider
Boris the spider

Creepy, crawly
Creepy, crawly
Creepy, creepy, crawly, crawly
Creepy, creepy, crawly, crawly
Creepy, creepy, crawly, crawly
Creepy, creepy, crawly, crawly

He’s come to a sticky end
Don’t think he will ever mend
Never more will he crawl ’round
He’s embedded in the ground

Written by John Entwistle

Song Lyric Sunday 11 July 2021

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