All Of A Sudden (It's Too Late)

(Partridge)

#\#i#/#English Settlement#\#/i#/#

English Settlement

Recordings
XTCfans interview with Andy Partridge
Art
Lyrics
Chords and Tablature
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Recordings

  1. Album version, 5'18.
    Released on English Settlement.
    andy - lead and backing vocals, acoustic guitar
    colin - fretless bass, backing vocals
    dave - electric 12-string guitar
    terry - drums and percussion

  2. Promotional video, 5'18?.
    First broadcast date unknown.
    Released in 1982 on the Look Look video compilation.

  3. Demo version.
    Released on 2 December 2002 on Fuzzy Warbles Volume Two in the U.K.

    Andy: “Found, entombed in fluff, at the bottom of one of Indiana Jones' pockets, but I think a quick suck on it might release a little flavour. One of those ‘capture it now’ moments. Primitive but fascinating, an amoeba of a song.”

[Thanks to R. Stevie Moore]


Art

#\#a href="http://youtu.be/3KoWcbGMLTI" target="churl"#/#“All of a Sudden (It's Too Late)” promotional video from #\#i#/#Look Look#\#/i#/##\#/a#/#

“All of a Sudden (It's Too Late)” promotional video from Look Look

   

Lyrics

a l l    o f    a     s u d d e n   ( i t ' s   t o o   l a t e )
 W  W  W   hat  can  I  say?   why  do  we  starve  a  thing  thats near
W w W w W  extinction?     from  day  to  day     these  weeds  of  fear
W   W   W  are  choking  our  conviction       life's  like  a   jig-saw
 WWW WWW   you  get  the  straight bits  but  there's  something missing
in  the  middle.     all  of  a  sudden     we  find the cupboard's bare
all  of  a  sudden    we  find  heaven's  not  there    all of  a sudden
we  find  the  sun's  gone  cold    all  of  a sudden    we  find  we're
more  than  old    all of  a sudden     we  find  that we've  lost  love
so please don't push or shove  because    it's too late    it's too late
in  all  your hurry  you've  accidentally  locked  the  gate
what  can  we  do?   trying  to   stem  the  flow  of  sand  is  useless.
it's  up to you    start holding hands  and  watch the  balance  redress
life's  like a  firework     you're only lit once     and you must stand
and  radiate  correctly.      all  of  a  sudden        we   find   the-
cupboard's  bare     all  of  a  sudden     we find  heaven's not  there
all  of  a  sudden     we find the sun's gone  cold      all of a sudden
we  find  we're  more  than old    all  of  a  sudden     we  find  that
we've  lost  love     so  please  don't  push  or shove because     it's
too  late    it's  too  late       in all your hurry you've accidentally
locked  the  gate.     love's  not  a  product  you  can  hoard       or
pack   a   suitcase  with       it's  more  a  way  you  have  to   give.
all  of  a  sudden    we find the  cupboard's  bare   all  of  a  sudden
we  find  heaven's  not  there    all of a sudden     we find the  sun's
gone  cold     all  of  a  sudden      we  find  we're  more  than   old
all  of  a  sudden     we find that we've  lost love     so please don't
push  or  shove  because     it's  too  late     it's too late    in all
your  hurry   you've  accidentally  locked  the  gate.

andy - lead  and  backing vocals,  acoustic  guitar     colin - fretless
bass,  backing  vocals    dave - electric  12-string  guitar     terry -
drums and percussion                            composed by a. partridge

© 1982 Virgin Music (Publishers) Ltd.
[Thanks to Gary Jedlicka]


Chords and Tablature

Date: Wed, 03 Mar 1999 14:12:16 +1100
From: Duncan Kimball <dunks58 (at) hotmail dot com>
Subject: All Of A Sudden
Message-Id: <36DCA88F.A2D6DE98 (at) hotmail dot com>


From: Duncan Kimball <dunks58 (at) hotmail dot com>; original transcription by
Fred Hamilton <fred_m_hamilton (at) cup dot portal dot com>

Here's my take on Fred's transcription of AOAS, for solo guitar. I
think the tabs are relatively accurate, but I can't vouch for the
veracity of the chord names - the online chord dictionary I looked at
didn't have names for half of them (Typical Andy!)

All of a Sudden

Written by Andy Partridge, performed by XTC, originally tabbed/twisted
by Fred Hamilton; fiddled with by Duncan Kimball <dunks58 (at) hotmail dot com>

Intro:

     G               F#
E|---3-2-0-----------0-------------------------------------------------|
B|---3-----3-2-0-----2-------------------------------------------------|
G|---0-----------2-0-3-------------------------------------------------|
D|---0---------------4-------------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------4-------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------X-------------------------------------------------|
     (Let G and D strings ring until played again)

    D            D(b5add9)      D                D(b5add9)
E|--2------------0--------------2----------------0------------------|
B|--3------------3--------------3----------------3------------------|
G|--2------------1--------------2----------------1------------------|
D|--0------------0--------------0----------------0------------------|
A|----------0------------0--------------0----------------0----------|
E|------2------------2--------------2----------------2--------------|

    What can I say?        Why do we starve a thing thats near extinction?
    D         D(b5add9)    D        D(b5add9)                    F
E|--2---------0------------2--------0----------------------------1---------|
B|--3---------3------------3--------3----------------------------1---------|
G|--2---------1------------2--------1----------------------------2---------|
D|--0---------0------------0--------0----------------------------3---------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------3---3>5---|
E|--------2-------------------2----------------------------------1---------|

    From day to day, these weeds of fear are choking our conviction

        Life's like a jigsaw, you get the straight bits,
   Em                 Em                  Bb
E|-0------------------0-------------------6---------------------------------|
B|-0------------------0-------------------6---------------------------------|
G|-0------------------0-------------------7---------------------------------|
D|-2------------------2-------------------8---------------------------------|
A|-2------------------2-------------------8---------------------------------|
E|-0------------------0-------------------6---------------------------------|

    but there's something missing in the middle.
                C#/D bass                         D
E|--------------X---------------------------------5|
B|--------------6---------------------------------7|
G|--------------6---------------------------------7|
D|--------------6---------------------------------7|
A|--------------5---------------------------------5|
E|--------------X---------------------------------X|

   All of a sudden we find the cupboard bare
   D                   A                D
E|---------------------0----------------2----------|
B|-------------2---3---2----------------3----------|
G|-----0--2-4----------2----------------2----------|
D|-4-------------------2----------------0----------|
A|---------------------0---------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------|

All of a sudden we find heaven's not there
All of a sudden we find the sun's gone cold
All of a sudden we find we find we're more than old

   All of a sudden we  find that we've lost love
   D                   C                    Gm7
E|------------------------------------------3------|
B|-------------2---3------------------------3------|
G|-----0--2-4----------5---------5-----5----3------|
D|-4-------------------5---------5-----5----3------|
A|---------------------3---------x-----x----5------|
E|-------------------------------5-----4----3------|

     Please don't push or shove, because
     C                    Gm7
E|------------------------3------|
B|------------------------3------|
G|---5------------5----5--3------|
D|---5------------5----5--3------|
A|---3------------x----x--5------|
E|----------------5----4--3------|

    It's           too late  It's           too late
    Asus4     Amaj7sus4      A7sus4    Amaj7sus4
E|--0---------0--------------0---------0--------------|
B|--3---------3--------------3---------3--------------|
G|--2---------1--------------0---------1--------------|
D|--2---------2--------------2---------2--------------|
A|--0---------0--------------0---------0--------------|
E|----------------------------------------------------|

    In all your hurry, you've accidently locked the gate (intro bit)
    Asus4       Amaj7sus4     Asus4      A               (D)            F#
E|--0-----------0-------------0----------0----------------2-0-----------0--|
B|--3-----------3-------------3----------2-------------------3-2-0------2--|
G|--0-----------1-------------2----------2------------------------2-0---3--|
D|--2-----------2-------------2----------2------------------------------4--|
A|--0-----------0-------------0----------0------------------------------4--|
E|----------------------------------------------------------------------x--|

    What can we do?          Trying to stem the flow of sand is useless

    D        D(b5add9)       D        D(b5add9)                 F
E|--2--------0---------------2--------0-------------------------1---------|
B|--3--------3---------------3--------3-------------------------1---------|
G|--2--------1---------------2--------1-------------------------2---------|
D|--0--------0---------------0--------0-------------------------3---------|
A|-----------0------------------------0-------------------------3---3>5---|
E|-------2----------------------2-------------------------------1---------|

It's up to you, start holding hands and watch the balance redress
Life's like a firework, you're only lit once,
And you must stand and radiate correctly

All of a sudden we find the cupboard bare
All of a sudden we find heaven's not there
All of a sudden we find the sun's gone cold
All of a sudden we find we find we're more than old

All of a sudden we find that we've lost love
Please don't push or shove, because
It's too late, It's too late
In all your hurry, you've accidently locked the gate

   Love's not a product you can hoard, or pack a suitcase with
   B      B/A   E               F#               C#m
E|--------------0---------------2----------------4-------------|
B|--------------0---------------2----------------5-------------|
G|-4------4-----1---------------3>4--------------6-------------|
D|-4------4-----2---------------4----------------6-------------|
A|-2------0-----2---------------4----------------4-------------|
E|--------------0---------------2------------------------------|

   It's more a way you have to give
   G#m         A               B        D
E|-4-----------5---------------7--------2----------------------|
B|-4-----------5---------------7--------3----------------------|
G|-4-----------6---------------8--------2----------------------|
D|-6-----------7---------------9--------0----------------------|
A|-6-----------7---------------9-------------------------------|
E|-4-----------5---------------7-------------------------------|

    A   A(b5)       A   A(b5)      C         Em
E|--0---0-----------0---0----------0---------------|
B|--2---2-----------2---2----------1---------------|
G|--2---2-----------2---2----------0---------------|
D|--2---1-----------2---1----------2---------------|
A|--0---0-----------0---0----------3---------------|

E|-------------------------------------------------|

Life's like a jigsaw, you get the straight bits,
But there's plenty missing in the middle

All of a sudden we find the cupboard bare
All of a sudden we find heaven's not there
All of a sudden we find the sun's gone cold
All of a sudden we find we find we're more than old

All of a sudden we find that we've lost love
Please don't push or shove, because...

All of a sudden we find the cupboard bare
All of a sudden we find heaven's not there
All of a sudden we find the sun's gone cold
All of a sudden we find we find we're more than old

All of a sudden we find that we've lost love...

It's....  It's....
In all your hurry, you've accidently locked the gate

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