Andy Partridge

English musician and XTC founder

Andrew John Partridge (born 11 November 1953) is an English singer, songwriter, and record producer who founded the rock band XTC.

Andy Partridge


  • I wonder wonder why the wonder falls
    I wonder why the wonder falls on me
    I wonder wonder why the wonder falls
    With everything I touch and hear and see
  • It started when i heard your song of love
    Pouring down like honey from above
    I started to spin, i started to move
    Just like a needle that is sticking through the same old groove
    • "Spinning Top".
  • I leaned right over to kiss your stoney book
    A little jealous of the ships with whom you flirt
    A billion lovers with their cameras
    Snap to look and in my fantasy
    I sail beneath your skirt
    • "Statue of Liberty".

Go 2 (1978)

  • Everybody eats something
    But you won't eat me
    You won't get me on your plate
    Or have me over for tea
    Everybody lives somewhere
    Mud hut or igloo
    But what I got is the hottest spot
    And it's away from you
    • "Life is Good in the Greenhouse".
  • Now I lay me down to sleep
    Knowing that your lenses peep
    Now I eat my daily bread
    And into the tape spool I'll be fed
    • "Reel By Real".
  • It's in the order of their hedgerows
    It's in the way their curtains open and close
    It's in the look they give you down their nose
    All part of decency's jigsaw I suppose
    Sunday church and they look fetching
    Saturday night saw him retching over our fence
    Bang the wall for me to turn down
    I can see them with their stern frown
    As they dispense the kind of look that says
    they're Perfect.
    • "Respectable Street".
And all the world is football shaped
It's just for me to kick in space
  • And all the world is football shaped
    It's just for me to kick in space
    And I can see, hear, smell, touch, taste
    And I've got one, two, three, four, five
    senses working overtime
    trying to take this all in
    I've got one, two, three, four, five
    senses working overtime
    trying to taste the difference
    'tween a lemon and a lime
    pain and pleasure
    And the church bells softly chime.
  • People will always be tempted
    to wipe their feet
    on anything with 'welcome'
    written on it.
    • "Snowman"
  • For a heart without love is a song with no words
    And a tune to which no one is listening
    So your heart must give love and you'll find that
    You shine like rain on the leaves you'll be glistening.
    • "Beating of Hearts".
  • Other lands became a larder full of all the good things
    All we had to do was go and take
    Blood the colour of the rain that grew our wicked harvest
    Black the colour icing on our cake
    • "Human Alchemy".
  • We stole their babes and mothers, chiefs and braves
    Although we held the whip, you knew we were
    The real slaves
    To alchemy, human alchemy.
    • "Human Alchemy".
  • Now that I'm out and I'm shouting in doorways
    Freed from a love more like murder
    I should be singing but in liberation
    Feel like a ship with no rudder.
    • "Me And The Wind".
  • I say I like your coat
    Her thank-you tugs my heart afloat
    I nearly didn't hear for
    Seagulls screaming kiss her, kiss her
    • "Seagulls screaming kiss her, kiss her".
  • Will you tell them about that far off and mythical land
    And how a child to the virgin came?
    Will you tell them that the reason why we murdered
    Everything upon the surface of the world
    Is so we can stand right up and say we did it in his name?
    • "This World Over".
  • Reign of blows cascading down upon your shoulders
    Far too many men dressed up as soldiers
    The lamb is brought to the ground
    Under the weight of the Crown
    A crown of thorns and dark deeds
    The swastika and the hammer and sickle
    Are symbols that reap only weeds
    • "Reign of Blows".
  • Ballet for a rainy day
    Silent film of melting miracle play
    Dancing out there through my window
    To the backdrop of a slow descending grey
    • "Ballet For A Rainy Day".
  • The man who sailed around his soul
    From East to West, from pole to pole
    With ego as his drunken captain
    Greed, the mutineer, had trapped all reason in the hold
    • "The Man Who Sailed Around His Soul".
  • Dear God, sorry to disturb you, but...
    I feel that I should be heard loud and clear.
    We all need a big reduction in amount of tears
    And all the people that you made in your image,
    See them fighting in the street
    'Cause they can't make opinions meet about God,
    I can't believe in you.
    • "Dear God".
  • Well I don’t know how many pounds make up a ton,
    Of all the nobel prizes that I’ve never won,
    And I may be the mayor of simpleton,
    But I know one thing,
    And that’s I love you.
    • "The Mayor of Simpleton".
  • I believe the printed word is more than sacred
    Beyond the gauge of good or bad
    The human right to let your soul fly free and naked
    Above the violence of the fearful and sad
    • "Books Are Burning".
  • Children thrown from heaven
    see the peacock's jealous tremble
    stars congeal into instructions
    showing how the sky is opened
    and spread down like a bedsheet
    • "Well for the Sweat of the Moon".
  • I had a dream where the car is reduced to a fossil
    I had a dream where the car is reduced to a fossil
    Take a packet of seeds, take yourself out to play
    I want to see a river of orchids where we had a motorway
    • "River of Orchids.
  • I'd smile so much my face would crack in two
    Then you could fix it with your kissing glue
    I'd like that
    Yes, I'd like that
    • "I'd Like That".
  • Now that I can see it's the queen's new clothes
    Now that I can hear all your poison prose
    Now that I can talk with my tongue unfroze
    I'm not so sure of Santa or the buck tooth fairy
    There are no words for me inside your dictionary
    • "Your Dictionary".
  • Brain gets bent, heart gets broken
    You can't jump off once the pages turn
    School is out but never over
    That's the only lesson you can learn
    • "Playground".
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