1000 Umbrellas

(Partridge)

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Skylarking

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Recordings

  1. Album version, 3'41.
    Released on Skylarking.
    String arrangement by Dave Gregory.
    John Tenney - violin
    Dick Bright - violin
  2. Demo version.
    Released on 25 September 2006 on Fuzzy Warbles Volume Seven in the U.K.
    Also released on the reissue of Skylarking on 14 October 2016 in the U.K.
    Andy: “Here is the earliest outing for this idea. Still in un-baroqued nakedness, i.e., pre being festooned in Dave Gregory's Lemon Piper's liver and lites. One of Toddzilla's better ideas was to hack this into ‘Ballet’ so I thought I'd have the demos snuggle up and share a brolly too.”
  3. 2016 stereo mix.
    Mixed and produced by Steven Wilson from the original multi-track tapes.
    Released on the reissue of Skylarking on 14 October 2016 in the U.K.
  4. 2016 5.1 mix.
    Mixed and produced by Steven Wilson from the original multi-track tapes.
    Released on the reissue of Skylarking on 14 October 2016 in the U.K.
  5. 2016 instrumental mix.
    Mixed and produced by Steven Wilson from the original multi-track tapes.
    Released on the reissue of Skylarking on 14 October 2016 in the U.K.
  6. Early acoustic run through.
    Released on the reissue of Skylarking on 14 October 2016 in the U.K.

Art

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Lyrics

Notes

Jon Eva: “‘Sunny Jim’ was a cartoon character used to advertize a breakfast cereal called ‘Force’, many years ago. Something like ‘Over the roofs jumps Sunny Jim, Force is the food that nourishes him’ - hence [Andy Partridge's] line ‘Sunny Jim couldn't jump it’. . . Nowadays Sunny Jim is used as a slightly patronizing term for a young man, (e.g., ‘Don't get lippy with me Sunny Jim’), and is usually followed by a punch in the face.”

One thousand umbrellas
Upturned couldn't catch all the rain
That drained out of my head
When you said we were
Over and over I cried
'Til I floated downstream
To a town they call
Misery oh oh misery
Misery oh oh misery

And one million teacups
I bet couldn't hold all the wet
That fell out of my eyes
When you fell out with me
Now I'm crawling the wallpaper
That's looking more like a roadmap
To misery oh oh misery

How can you smile and forecast
Weather's getting better
And you'll soon forget her
If you let the sunshine come through
How can you smile and forecast
Weather's getting better
If you never let a girl rain all over you
And just when I thought that my vista was golden in hue
One thousand umbrellas opened to spoil the view

One million salt seas
Recalled from school atlas
Alas would be filled to the brim
Sunny Jim couldn't jump it
How can I be pleased
When I'm handed the keys
To a town they call Misery
Oh oh Misery

So with a mop and a bucket
I'll just say forget her
And carry on sweeping up
Where I've been weeping
The Jesters will creep in
To strike down the newly crowned Monarch
Of Misery oh oh Misery

How can you smile and forecast
Weather's getting better
And you'll soon forget her
If you let the sunshine come through
How can you smile and forecast
Weather's getting better
If you never let a girl rain all over you
Just when I thought that my skies were a June July blue
One thousand umbrellas opened
Two thousand umbrellas opened
Ten thousand umbrellas opened to spoil the view

© 1987 Virgin Music (Publishers) Ltd.


Chords and Tablature

Date: Sun, 12 Nov 2006 15:06:28 -0800
From: "Darrell C. Harvey" <Darrell (at) theharveys dot net>
Subject: 1000 Umbrellas revised!
Message-ID: <20061112150628.i3ai62gwc8iswsoo (at) webmail dot theharveys dot net>


Sorry to revise already, but this is a LOT closer to the record now
that I've heard the demo!

Thanks,
  - Jeffy

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1000 Umbrellas
by Andy Partridge
© 1986  EMI Virgin Music Ltd, London WC2H 0QY
Transcribed for the XTC Forum by Jeff Truzzi
with contributions by lokrume04 and (hopefully) others

====================
KEY:
Numbers are frets on guitar in normal guitar tuning:
0*0*0*0*0*0 = E*A*D*G*B*E
0 = open
x = mute

-----
D         = 1 bar in 3/4 time
-----
            = repeat previous bar
-----
(2)       = repeat previous two bars
-----**********
             = repeated material
-----**********



====================
[Intro]
F13
x*8*7*8*10*10
-----
-----
-----
F13
x*8*7*8*10*10

E13
x*7*6*7*9*9

Eb13
x*6*5*6*8*8
-----
D (add4)
x*5*4*0*3*5
-----
-----
-----
D (add4)
x*5*4*0*3*5

Eb13
x*6*5*6*8*8

E13
x*7*6*7*9*9
-----
F13
x*8*7*8*10*10
-----
-----
-----
F13
x*8*7*8*10*10

E13
x*7*6*7*9*9

Eb13
x*6*5*6*8*8
-----
D (add4)
x*5*4*0*3*5
-----
-----
-----
-----
[Verse 1]
C#7 (#9)
9*8*9*x*0*0
-----
-----
C7 (add B)
8*7*8*x*0*0
-----
-----
B7 (add11)
7*6*7*x*0*0
-----
-----
Bb7 (b9 #11)
6*5*6*x*0*0
-----
-----
A9
5*4*5*x*0*0
-----
-----
Ab7+ (#9)
4*3*4*x*0*0
-----
Ab7+ (#9 #11)
4*5*0*x*0*0
-----
G13
3*2*3*0*0*0
-----
-----**********
Esus4
0*2*2*2*0*0

Em
0*2*2*0*0*0
-----
D5/F#
2*x*0*2*3*x

Dsus2/F#
2*x*0*2*3*0
-----**********
(2)
-----
(2)
-----
(2)
-----
C#7 (#9)
9*8*9*x*0*0
-----
C#7 (#9 b5)
9*8*9*0*0*0
-----
C7 (add B)
8*7*8*x*0*0
-----
C7 (#11 add B)
8*9*8*0*0*0
-----
B11
7*6*7*x*0*0
-----
B11+ (b5)
7*8*7*0*0*0
-----
Bb7 (b5 b9)
6*5*6*x*0*0
-----
Bb13 (b5 b9)
6*7*6*0*0*0
-----
A9
5*4*5*x*0*0
-----
A9 (#11)
5*6*5*6*0*0
-----
Ab7+ (#9)
4*3*4*x*0*0
-----
Ab7+ (#9 #11)
4*5*0*x*0*0
-----
G13
3*2*3*0*0*0
-----
-----
Esus4
0*2*2*2*0*0

Em
0*2*2*0*0*0
-----
D5/F#
2*x*0*2*3*x

Dsus2/F#
2*x*0*2*3*0
-----
Esus4
0*2*2*2*0*0

Em
0*2*2*0*0*0
-----
E5/G#
4*2*2*4*x*x
-----
[Chorus 1]
A5
x*0*2*2*x*x
-----
A5
x*0*2*2*x*x

Asus2
x*0*2*2*0*x

A
x*0*2*2*2*x
-----
A7
x*0*2*0*2*0
-----
-----
F# dim
x*x*4*5*4*5
-----
C dim
x*x*4*5*4*5
-----
A dim
x*x*1*2*1*2
-----
E7
0*2*0*1*0*0
-----
A
x*0*2*2*2*x
-----
A7/G
3*0*2*0*2*0
-----
A7/F#
2*0*2*0*2*0
-----
A7+/F
1*x*3*0*2*x

A7/E
3*0*2*0*2*0
-----
F# dim
x*x*4*5*4*5
-----
C dim
x*x*4*5*4*5
-----
A dim
x*x*1*2*1*2
-----
E7 (no5)
x*x*2*4*3*0
-----***********
B
x*2*4*4*4*2
-----
C#7
x*4*6*4*6*4
-----
G6
3*5*5*4*3*0
-----
F#7
2*4*4*3*2*0
-----************
(4)
-----
(4)
-----
(4)
-----
B
x*2*4*4*4*2
-----
C#7
x*4*6*4*6*4
-----
[Bridge 1]
D (b5)
x*x*0*2*3*4

Amaj7/C#
x*4*x*2*2*4
-----
Cmaj9(b5)
x*3*4*4*3*x
-----
Eb+
x*x*13*12*12*11

Db+
x*x*11*10*10*9
-----
B+
x*x*9*8*8*7

A+
x*x*7*6*6*5
-----
G+
x*x*5*4*4*3

F+
x*x*3*2*2*1
-----
Eb+ (#9)
x*x*1*0*0*2
-----
-----
Ab7/Eb
x*x*1*1*1*2
-----
-----****************
[Verse 2]***********
C#7 (#9)
9*8*9*x*0*0
-----
C#7 (#9 b5)
9*8*9*0*0*0
-----
C7 (add B)
8*7*8*x*0*0
-----
C7 (#11 addB)
8*9*8*0*0*0
-----
B11
7*6*7*x*0*0
-----
B11+ (b5)
7*8*7*0*0*0
-----
Bb7 (b5 b9)
6*5*6*x*0*0
-----
Bb13 (b5 b9)
6*7*6*0*0*0
-----
A9
5*4*5*x*0*0
-----
A9 (#11)
5*6*5*6*0*0
-----
Ab7+ (#9)
4*3*4*x*0*0
-----
Ab7+ (#9 #11)
4*5*0*x*0*0
-----
G13
3*2*3*0*0*0
-----
-----
Esus4
0*2*2*2*0*0

Em
0*2*2*0*0*0
-----
D5/F#
2*x*0*2*3*x

Dsus2/F#
2*x*0*2*3*0
-----
Esus4
0*2*2*2*0*0

Em
0*2*2*0*0*0
-----
[first ending]
D5/F#
2*x*0*2*3*x

Dsus2/F#
2*x*0*2*3*0
-----[repeat verse]***************
******************************
[second ending:]
E5/G#
4*2*2*4*x*x
-----
[Intro 2]
F13
x*8*7*8*10*10
-----
-----
-----
F13
x*8*7*8*10*10

E13
x*7*6*7*9*9

Eb13
x*6*5*6*8*8
-----
D (add4)
x*5*4*0*3*5
-----
-----
-----
D (add4)
x*5*4*0*3*5

Eb13
x*6*5*6*8*8

E13
x*7*6*7*9*9
-----
F13
x*8*7*8*10*10
-----
-----
-----
F13
x*8*7*8*10*10

E13
x*7*6*7*9*0

Eb13
x*6*5*6*8*8
-----
D (add4)
x*5*4*0*3*5
-----
-----
-----
-----
[Bridge 2]
Eb+
x*x*13*12*12*11

Db+
x*x*11*10*10*9
-----
B+
x*x*9*8*8*7

A+
x*x*7*6*6*5
-----
G+
x*x*5*4*4*3

F+
x*x*3*2*2*1
-----
Eb+ (#9)
x*x*1*0*0*2
-----
-----
Ab7/Eb
x*x*1*1*1*2
-----
-----
Em (add9)
0*2*2*0*0*2
-----
-----
Eb+ (#9)
x*x*1*0*0*2
-----
__________
[Chorus 2]
A5
x*0*2*2*x*x
-----
A5
x*0*2*2*x*x

Asus2
x*0*2*2*0*x

A
x*0*2*2*2*x
-----
A7
x*0*2*0*2*0
-----
-----
F# dim
x*x*4*5*4*5
-----
C dim
x*x*4*5*4*5
-----
A dim
x*x*1*2*1*2
-----
E7
0*2*0*1*0*0
-----
A
x*0*2*2*2*x
-----
A7/G
3*0*2*0*2*0
-----
A7/F#
2*0*2*0*2*0
-----
A7+/F
1*x*3*0*2*x

A7/E
3*0*2*0*2*0
-----
F# dim
x*x*4*5*4*5
-----
C dim
x*x*4*5*4*5
-----
A dim
x*x*1*2*1*2
-----
E7 (no5)
x*x*2*4*3*0
-----************
B
x*2*4*4*4*2
-----
C#7
x*4*6*4*6*4
-----
G6
3*5*5*4*3*0
-----
F#7
2*4*4*3*2*0
-----************
(4)
-----
(4)
-----
(4)
-----
(4)
-----
(4)
-----
[Tag]
B   [slow down]
x*2*4*4*4*2
-----
C#7  [hold]
x*4*6*4*6*4
__________
[Pause]
__________
[slower]
D (b5)/A
x*x*x*2*3*4

D (b5)
x*x*0*2*3*4

Amaj7/C#
x*4*x*2*2*4
-----
Cmaj9(b5)
x*3*4*4*3*x
-----
================
================

Date: Sun, 8 Jun 1997 20:33:12 +0100 (BST)
From: PAUL FERGUSON <p.ferguson1 (at) lancaster dot ac dot uk>
Subject: 1000 umbrellas chords


1000 Umbrellas - Chords
-----------------------

I thought I'd have a go at this one, I know it's already in the archive but
it seems to be unfinished. That's not to say this is finished, but I've
attempted to go into more detail, while not trying to work out every note
played; this is a VERY convoluted piece of music in places!

I'll use tab where it gets weird, but the main bits are normal enough chords
to play.


Intro
_____

Dm,                                     Note:- The diminished runs here,
                                        while I have shown them to be a
D#dim, Ddim, C#dim, Cdim, Bdim, A#dim,  different set each time, are just
                                        the same set of chords played over
D,                                      in different inversions. On guitar
                                        you'll probably end up playing the
Cdim, Bdim, A#dim, Adim, G#dim, Gdim,   same chord shapes over each time,
                                        but I've deliberately named them
F#dim,                                  differently to indicate the root
                                        note, which is the most dominant
Adim, G#dim, Gdim, F#dim, Fdim, Edim,   note in the chord as it sounds on
                                        the record.
D7, D7sus4, D7


Verse
-----

C#7                      C7                            B7
One thousand umbrellas upturned couldn't catch all the rain that drained

          A#7                        A7              E/G#        E7/G#
out of my head when you said we were over and over I cried til I floated

    G
downstream to a town they call

Esus4  D     Esus4 D Esus4  D     Esus4  B7
misery oh oh misery, misery oh oh misery


C#7, C7, B7, A#7, A7, E/G#, E7/G#, G    ...as before


Esus4  D     Esus4  E7
misery oh oh misery

Chorus
------

A                       A7       F#dim
  how can you smile and forecast weather's getting better, and you'll soon

                          E7            A
forget her if you let the sunshine come through

A7          A6        A+  A    F#dim
how can you smile and forecast weather's getting better if you never let

            D        B   C#7, G, F#
a girl rain all over you

    B           C#7             G         F#        B   C#7, G7, F#7
And just when I thought that my vista was golden in hue

B            C#7       G7        F#7       B    C#      D  C#  C
one thousand umbrellas opened to spoil the view      ---5--4---3---
                                                     ---7--6---5---
                                                     ---7--6---5---
                                                     ---7--6---5---
                                                     ---5--4---3---
                                                     -5-5--4---3-4-

dubious bit - again, they're different inversions on the record

Bm  A  G+  F+  G+  F+      B...  Cdim...
7---5--3---1---3---1-------7-----8---------------
7---5--4---2---4---2-------7-----10--------------
7---6--4---2---4---2-------8-----8---------------
9---7--5---3---5---3-------9-----10--------------
9---7--x---x---x---x-------9-----9---------------
7---5--x---x---x---x-------7-----8---------------


Verse...

C#7, C7, B7, A#7, A7, E/G#, E7/G#, G

Esus4, D, Esus4, B7

C#7, C7, B7, A#7, A7, E/G#, E7/G#, G

Esus4, D, Esus4, B7


Do Intro run...

then the dubious bit again (with different ending):

Bm, A, G+, F+, G+, F+, B  Cdim  Bsus4   G   G#m

Bm  A  G+  F+  G+  F+      B...  Cdim...  Bsus4...  G   G#m
7---5--3---1---3---1-------7-----8--------7---------7---4---
7---5--4---2---4---2-------7-----10-------7---------8---4---
7---6--4---2---4---2-------8-----8--------9---------7---4---
9---7--5---3---5---3-------9-----10-------9---------9---6---
9---7--x---x---x---x-------9-----9--------7---------10--6---
7---5--x---x---x---x-------7-----8--------7---------7---4---


Chorus...

            B   C#7, G, F#
...all over you

    B           C#7             G            F#        B   C#7, G7, F#7
and just when I thought that my skies were a June July blue

B            C#7       G7     F#7   B            C#7       G7     F#7
one thousand umbrellas opened,      two thousand umbrellas opened

B            C#7       G7        F#7       B     C#       D   Dmaj7   C
ten thousand umbrellas opened to spoil the view...     ---2---2-------0----
                                                       ---3---2-------1----
                                                       ---2---2-------0----
                                                       -0-0---0-------2----
                                                       ---0---0-------3----
                                                       ---x---x-------x----


- honestly, it sounds good when you play it along with the record! :)

Date: Sat, 22 Apr 1995 21:23:01 +1200
From: james.dignan (at) stonebow dot otago dot ac dot nz (James)
Subject: 1000 umbrellas

Arlo B Leach wrote:
>has anyone ever figured out the chords to 1000 umbrellas? i have a friend
>who'd really like to know, and he asked me to ask you. i haven't tried to
>figure them out myself, but this guy is a terrific musician, so if he
>can't figure them out they must be tough.

Oh, but you pick the horrible ones. This is the closest I could get (and I
have perfect pitch), and there are a few gaps and mistakes - partly because
the chords are pretty obscure. Hopefully none of the missing chords are
particularly major (no pun intended). As always, corrections are welcomed -
nay, in this case, demanded!!! :)

Intro... Dm, D, D/F, D (yes, that third one is D major with a bass F natural!)

    C#m7               C7
One thousand umbrellas upturned couldn't catch all
    B7                          Bb7
the rain that drained out of my head when you said
        A7              Ab7                       G7
we were over and over I cried till I floated down stream
                    Em   Em7      Em
to a town they call Misery, oh oh misery

A            A7                Adim
How can you smile and forecast weather's getting better
                                                        A
And you'll soon forget her if you let the sunshine come through
A            A7                Adim
How can you smile and forecast weather's getting better
                                      B7  C#7  G  F#
If you never let a girl rain all over you
     B7          C#7            G         F#        B7  C#7  G  F#
And Just when I thought that my vista was golden in hue
B7           C#7       G         F#        B7  C#7  G  F#
One thousand umbrellas opened to spoil the view

James

James Dignan, Department of Psychology, University of Otago.

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