Dear Madam Barnum

(Partridge)

“Dear Madam Barnum” vignette from #\#i#/#Nonsvch#\#/i#/# Recordings
XTCfans interview with Andy Partridge
Art
Lyrics
Chords and Tablature
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Recordings

  1. Album version, 2'53.
    Released on Nonsvch.
    Dave Mattacks - Drums
    Andy Partridge - Lead & backing vocals, acoustic guitar, tambourine & circus band
    Dave Gregory - Acoustic & electric guitars, hammond organ, acme thunderer, circus band & backing vocals
    Colin Moulding - Bass guitar & backing vocals
    Gus Dudgeon - Ringmaster
    Andy: “I initially wrote this for a film set in 1965. It has a folk rock chug that's east of Merseybeat and south of the Hollies. But when I delivered the song they had no money, so I kept it instead.”
  2. Demo version, 2'39.
    Recorded at home by Andy Partridge.
    Released on 27 April 1992 on the Gribouillage CD-5.
    Also released on the Blu-ray reissue of Nonsuch on 4 November 2013 in the U.K.
  3. Acoustic rehearsal video version.
    Recorded live at The Shed in 1990, during band rehearsals for Nonsuch.
    Screened at XTC fan conventions.
    Not released.
    Andy - lead vocals, acoustic guitar
    Colin - acoustic guitar, backing vocals
    Dave - acoustic guitar
  4. 2013 stereo mix.
    Mixed and produced by Steven Wilson from the original multi-track tapes.
    Released on the DVD and Blu-ray reissue of Nonsuch on 4 November 2013 in the U.K.
  5. 2013 5.1 mix.
    Mixed and produced by Steven Wilson from the original multi-track tapes.
    Released on the DVD and Blu-ray reissue of Nonsuch on 4 November 2013 in the U.K.
  6. 2013 instrumental mix.
    Mixed and produced by Steven Wilson from the original multi-track tapes.
    Released on the Blu-ray reissue of Nonsuch on 4 November 2013 in the U.K.

[Thanks to Gerhard Satke]


Art

U.S. promo single

U.S. promo single

“Dear Madam Barnum” vignette from #\#i#/#Nonsvch#\#/i#/#

“Dear Madam Barnum” vignette from Nonsvch

#\#a href="http://youtu.be/v8DADYsz0oM" target="churl"#/#“Dear Madam Barnum” live acoustic in the shed#\#/a#/#

“Dear Madam Barnum” live acoustic in the shed

Greg Singer, 10/23/95

Greg Singer, 10/23/95

#\#a href="http://fav.me/d4xqkfq" target="churl"#/#Dear Madam Barnum#\#/a#/#

Dear Madam Barnum

 

Lyrics

I put on a fake smile
And start the evening show
The public is laughing
I guess by now they know
So climb from your high horse
And pull this freak show down
Dear Madam Barnum
I resign as clown
You said I was the master of all I surveyed
But now I'm sweeping up
The last in line in your circus parade
Children are clapping
As I fall to the floor
My heart torn and broken
And they just scream for more
If I'm not the sole fool
Who pulls his trousers down
Then dear Madam Barnum
I resign as clown
You tread the high wire
Between truth and lies
Your safety net just walked out
Much to your surprise
Strike up the band love
And let the show begin
For this is the last time
I'm painting on a grin
If I'm not the sole fool
Who pulls his trousers down
Then dear Madam Barnum
I resign as clown

© 1992 Virgin Music (Publishers) Ltd.


Chords and Tablature

Date: Tue, 25 Jul 2017 10:31:37 +0200
From: Florian Decros <flodecros (at) gmail dot com>
Subject: Bass tabs of "Nonsuch"
Message-ID: <CAPtZtiNCnBEY3t2uv4mX+_0AGZQiYBqXqP8Wj==KH8CA=YhwFw (at) mail dot gmail dot com>

Great !
Now, after "Skylarking", here's the 17 songs of "Nonsuch" (well 16,
because there's no bass in "Rook") tabbed
!
It was harder, because it was longer, and also because sometimes the
bass was mixed pretty low, so maybe tabs like "Humble Daisy" or
"Wrapped In Grey" are inaccurate.
Cheers


Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2003 10:50:02 -0400
From: Chandler Bryan <ccbryan (at) enhancedsystems dot com>
Subject: XTC Tab: "Dear Madam Barnum"
Message-id: <005e01c30427$7619bde0$6401a8c0 (at) ccblaptop>


In "Dear Madam Barnum," at the end of the chorus, when the pattern
switches from

C    F    C    G7

to

C    F    C    G C,

the final chord is not C but Cadd2 (X32033).  It is easy to play this
chord if you play G as 320033; it's just a matter of moving fingers 1
and 2 over one string.

Chandler

Date: Wed, 31 Dec 1997 14:25:30 -0500
From: "Keith Gabryelski" <ag (at) wildfire dot com>
Subject: The mostly correct version of Dear Madam Barnum
Message-Id: <199712311921.OAA08217 (at) fire dot wildfire dot com>


Dear Madam Barnum
by XTC
G#+ = 4567xx

[C F Em G]
I put on a fake smile
And start the evening show
The public is laughing
I guess by now they know
So climb from your high horse
And pull this freak show down
Dear Madam Barnum
I resign as clown [C F Em G C]

[Fm G# C G#+ D G]
You said I was the master of all I surveyed
But now I'm sweeping up
The last in line in your circus parade

[C F Em G]
Children are clapping
As I fall to the floor
My heart torn and broken
And they just scream for more
If I'm not the sole fool
Who pulls his trousers down
Then dear Madam Barnum
I resign as clown [C F Em G C]

[Am Bb Dm Em G]
You tread the high wire
Between truth and lies
Your safety net just walked out
Much to your surprise

[C F Em G]
Strike up the band love
And let the show begin
For this is the last time
I'm painting on a grin
If I'm not the sole fool
Who pulls his trousers down
Then dear Madam Barnum
I resign as clown
[C F Em G] 2x
Then dear Madam Barnum
I resign as clown
[C F Em G C]

Date: Tue, 12 May 92 17:31:08 -0400
From: dschmidt (at) athena dot mit dot edu
Subject: Nonsvch chords, Vol I

Okay, first some disclaimers.  In many places I did not try to figure
out Exactly what was going on - I listened to the music and tried to
figure out what chords I would play if I were to accompanying on on
the piano.  So probably many of the guitar chords are simpler than
I've made them out to be.  Also, in some places where I've indicated
how to voice chords, it is just how I find it convenient, and not
necessarily what they are doing on the record.  I also left out lots
of bass stuff, only including it where I thought it was important.
But everything should be pretty close.  Comments and corrections are
welcome!

Voicings are notated with low E on the left, high E on the right.

                          DEAR MADAM BARNUM

Intro:  C   F   C   G7  2x
Verse:  C   F   C/E G7/D*  6x
        C   F/D C/E G7
        C   F   C G C
Bridge 1: Fm      Fm/Ab  C
          Ddim7          D7     G
Verse
Bridge 2: Am             Bbmaj7**
          Dm             Em     G
Intro
Verse
Ending: A few more times through the verse line
        and a C   F   C G C to end things off

* often Colin plays D and then G under this chord
** actually, along with the vocals, it's more like a Bb13#7, but this
   sounds fine on the guitar...

 - Dan

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