Ballet for a Rainy Day

(Partridge)

#\#i#/#Skylarking#\#/i#/#

Skylarking

Recordings
Art
Lyrics
Chords and Tablature
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Recordings

  1. Album version, 2'50.
    Released on Skylarking.
  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: “Splash it on all over. A rain stained 4 track cassette demo from 1985. Complete with puddle splooshing Linn drum hi hats and squall tossed Squier Telecasters. Rainy day = watercolour paints = bright plastic macs = fruit = a rainy day. NB. The drum pattern was inspired by Sly and Robbie's ‘Don't Stop The Music’.”
  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 version.
    Released on the reissue of Skylarking on 14 October 2016 in the U.K.

Art

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Ballet For a Rainy Day by ~SmashingMelons

   

Lyrics

Orange and lemon
Raincoats roll and tumble
Together, just liked fruit tipped from a tray
Pineapple wet heads
Watch new hairdos crumble
As scenery sunlight shifts away

Ballet for a rainy day
Silent film of melting miracle play

Apples and cherries
Are varnished in water
Despite, striped awnings bright dismay
I push my paintbrush
To conjure a new world
While this one is slowly washed away

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

When it rains it rains
All the colors in my paintbox
When it rains it rains
Tickets for the front row seats
Up on the rooftops

Orange and lemon
Raincoats roll and tumble
    apples and cherries
Together, dropped in diamond disarray

Ballet for a rainy day
Silent film of melting miracle play
Dancing out there through my window
Behind the curtain silver falling
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

© 1987 Virgin Music (Publishers) Ltd.


Chords and Tablature

Date: Sat, 15 Jul 2017 14:33:31 +0200
From: Florian Decros <flodecros (at) gmail dot com>
Subject: Bass tabs of "Skylarking"
Message-ID: <CAPtZtiPs1nY1yeFCibNRa75qhzrX8U_JhcbCUurHrPpGN_p=XA (at) mail dot gmail dot com>

Hi !

As a big fan of the album "Skylarking" and an enthusiast bass player,
I decided to transcribe all the songs from the record (except "1000
Umbrellas" because there's no bass, duh), including "Dear God".
There's surely mistakes here and there, but I tried to do my best.
Hope it will help some bass players across the word :)

Cheers,
Florian.

PS : Sorry if I made some grammatical mistakes, i'm french :)


Date: Sun, 15 Apr 2007 23:53:47 -0700
From: "Darrell C. Harvey" <Darrell (at) TheHarveys dot net>
Subject: Ballad For A Rainy Day - transcribed!
Message-ID: <20070415235347.0zesmi06qgagwo48 (at) webmail dot theharveys dot net>
Ballet for a Rainy Day
By Andy Partridge
© 1986 EMI Virgin Music Ltd, London WC2H 0QY
Transcribed for Helena and the XTC Forum by Jeff Truzzi
(edited to reflect lokrume and Science Eriction's corrections)



Verse (Play 2x)*****

G

D/F#

Em

D6

C6

Ebmaj7

Bb6

(1st end)  Ebmaj7 — D7 *****

(back to top)*************


(2nd end) Ebmaj7 — A7


Chorus 1 (use end Ch3 chords for Ch2)

D

Am7

G

Bbm

Db diminished

D

Am7

G


Notes over G bass (implied chords)

D F B  (G7)

Bb Db G  (Eb7/G)

C Eb A  (F7/G)

Eb Gb C  (Ab7/G)

D F B  (G 7)

D F B  (G 7)

Bb Db G  (Eb7/G)

Bb Db G  (Eb7/G)

C Eb A  (F7/G)

(Ab Bass) Eb Gb C  (Ab7)

(1st ending)****

(G Bass) D F B  (G 7)

(Notes)

E B D A Bb F# D C
B (with G chord at top)

D.C. to Top****
************


(2nd ending - Bridge)*****

Db

Gbsus2/Bb

B6/9

E6

(play 3X)*****


A7sus4

D (add4)/A

(arpeggio notes — ascending)
A D E B D E A C#

(C# Bass)  A D E B

(A Bass)  D E A C#

(B Bass)  A D E B D E A C#

(C# Bass)  A D E B

(A Bass)  D E A C#

(B Bass)  A D E B D E A C#


Verse 3

G

D/F#

Em

D6

C6

Ebmaj7

Bb6

(notes)
B D F# A G F# E D C B A


Chorus 3

D

Am7

G

Bbm

Dbo

D

Am7

G

Bbm

Dbo

D

Fadd9

Bbmaj7

Dsus4
D

Cadd9

Bm

Am7

G

Bbm

Dbo

D

Am7

G

Bbm

Dbo

D

Fadd9

Bbmaj7

D

F13

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Date: Mon, 21 Feb 2000 20:45:00 EST
From: Joebizarre (at) aol dot com
Subject: Re: Ballet For A Rainy Day Chords
Message-ID: <1e.1bcbe9b.25e3441c (at) aol dot com>


ballet for a rainy day by XTC

G                   D/F#
Oranges and     Lemons
Em                  Bm/D
Raincoats roll  and tumble
    C                       Eb              Bb  Ebmaj7  D7
Together, just like     fruit tipped from a tray
G               D/F#
Pineapple   wet heads
Em                      Bm/D
Watch new hair  do's crumble
    C       Eb            Bb  Ebmaj7  A7
As scenery sunlight shifts away

D          C/A   G
Ballet for a rainy day                  (piano fill (roughly) over G)
                                                        |:  B   G   A   B C
:| B
                                                        |:  F   C#C D
:| D
A7/A#   A7/C#   D                 C/A       |: G                    :| G
Si          lent        film of melting miracle play

G           D/F#
Apples and cherries
Em          Bm/D
Are varnished in water
    C               Eb              Bb  Ebmaj7  D7
Despite, striped awnings bright dismay
G       D/F#
I push my paintbrush
Em          Bm/D
To conjure a new world
C               Eb              Bb  Ebmaj7  A7
While this one is slowly washed away


D          C/A    G
Ballet for a rainy day
A7/A#   A7/C#   D               C/A      G
Si          lent        film of melting     miracle play
A7/A#   A7/C#   D               Csus/F
Dan     cing        out there through my window
         Bb            D7               G7alt (piano fill as above)
To the backdrop of a slow descending grey

C#sus4/C#       /G#                 A#
            When it rains it            rains
/F#                 /B  /F# /E  /F#
All the colours     in  my  paintbox
/C# /G# /A# /F# /B  /F# /E  /F#
/C# /G#                 /A#
        When it rains it    rains
/F#                 /B      /F#     /E
Tickets for the     front   row     seats
/F# Asus2   A           Asus4
Up  on      the rooftops

G           D/F#
Oranges and Lemons
Em          Bm/D
Raincoats roll and tumble (apples and cherries)
    C               Eb              Bb      /D (glis)   Bm7/ (piano fill)
Together, dropped in diamond disarray

D          C/A  G
Ballet for a rainy  day
A7/A#   A7/C#   D               C/A     G
Si          lent        film of melting     miracle     play
A7/A#   A7/C#   D               Csus/F
Dan     cing        out there through my window
        Bb                  D7/D            D7/C
Be  hind the cur    tain silver     falling
D/B         C/A     G
Ballet for a    rainy       day
A7/A#   A7/C#   D                   C/A     G
Si          lent        film of melting     miracle     play
A7/A#   A7/C#   D               Csus/F
Dan     cing        out there through my window

                                                            D.. |...    |...
                                                            A.. |...    |...
                                                            F..     |...
|...
            Bb          D7                              F..     |...    |...
To the  backdrop of     a slow descending   grey

|D      Db  C       B       Bb      A       |...        |...    |...
|A      Ab  G       Gb  F       E       |Eb..   |...    |...
|F      E       Eb      D       Db  C       |...        |...    |...
|F      F       E       E       Eb      Eb      |D..    |...    |...

|A      Ab  G       Gb  F       E       |Eb..       |...    |...
|Eb D       Db  C       B       Bb      |A..        |...    |...
|C      B       Bb      A       Ab  G       |Gb     |...    |...
|D      D       D#  D#  E       E       |F..        |...    |...

|Eb D       Db  C       B       Bb      |A..        |...    |...    |...    |
|A      Ab  G       Gb  F       E       |Eb..       |...    |...    |...    |
|Gb F       E       Eb      D       Db  |C..        |...    |...    |...    |
|F      F       E       E       Eb      Eb      |D..        |...    |...
|...    |

Date: Mon, 6 Nov 1995 16:47:01 -0800
From: Neil Goldstein <ngold (at) teleport dot com>
Subject: Ballet chords

Ballet For a Rainy Day:

I have never posted chords before so bear with me, if there's any question
post me back and I'll try to line up the lyrics with the chords. The
rhythm/chord connection will become clear if you start playing or listen to
the record:

Verse:

G  D/F# | Em  Bm | C   Eb | Bb  Ebmaj7  D7 |

G  D/F# | Em  Bm | C   Eb | Bb  Ebmaj7  A7 |

Chorus:

D  C  | G   A7/G | D  C  | G   A7/G |

D  Csus | Bb   D7 |  G7alt ....(piano riffs,etc)

Bridge:

C#  D#min  |  E   D#min |

C#  D#min  |  E   D#min | Dsus |...

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Neil Goldstein
ngold (at) teleport dot com     Portland, Oregon USA
voice: (503) 293-1356    fax: (503) 293-0312

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