Grass

(Moulding)

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Grass single front cover

Recordings
Art
Lyrics
Chords and Tablature
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Recordings

  1. Single version, 2'42.
    Produced by Todd Rundgren for Alchemedia Productions.
    Released on 26 August 1986 as a single in the U.K.
    Todd Rundgren - synths
    Dave: “We were called in and told: ‘Look lads, your career's down the toilet unless you start to sell records in America.’ So we were given this long list of American producers, and the only name on it I knew was Todd's.” Colin: “He said he could do it all for $150,000, so we said OK.” Andy: “In hindsight, it was a very good move.” Dave: “It saved our careers, really.” Colin: “But this single sank without trace.”
  2. Promotional video, 2'42?.
    Directed by Nicholas Brant.
    Not commercially released.
    Dave: “It was shot on Wimbledon Common, South London, and it rained all day, so all the nice sunny grassy shots had to be filmed under canvas and artificially lit. Bearing that in mind, it worked quite well (as videos go). Andy and Colin are the principal stars, yours truly appearing for about five seconds. The other 15 hours, 59 minutes and 55 seconds were spent sitting in my car, trying to keep dry. Showbiz, who needs it?”
  3. Album version.
    Released on Skylarking.
    Todd Rundgren - synths
  4. Acoustic medley version.
    Recorded live on 22 February 1989 at WXRT, Chicago.
    Performed as a medley: "Senses Working Overtime" / "Grass" / "Love on a Farmboy's Wages".
  5. Home demo.
    Recorded in the front bedroom, No. 2 Dolphin Cottages, Wanborough, in January 1985.
    Engineered by Colin Moulding.
    Released on 25 March 2002 on Coat of Many Cupboards in the U.K.
    Colin Moulding - All instruments and Vocals

    Colin: “Syd Barrett meets Ariel Bender for unlikely twosome, nevertheless I prefer the gutsiness of this version in low-fi, to the all singing, all dancing Skylarking hi-fi. Vocal performance slightly molester sounding, which begs the question, had I not heard of a capo? The drug connotation was always going to keep the reception cool, but nice to have the naughtiness against the sugar. Perhaps one could say it finds itself as the maiden aunt to The Dukes.”

    Andy: “A lot of what Colin and I wrote about came from the same place. We grew up on the same council estate. We lived two streets away from each other. We shared the same teachers and schools. We played over the same fields. Bought the same comics in the same sweet shop and so on. When I heard this demo I knew straight off where he'd lain for a bit of slap and tickle and with what girls. I'd been in the same fields even with the same girl we both had a crush on. This song was a cake made from a completely familiar and mutually shared recipe. It tasted good and it tasted of my experiences totally.”

[Thanks to R. Stevie Moore]


Art

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“Grass” promotional video

   

Lyrics

Laying on the grass my heart it flares like fire
The way you slap my face just fills me with desire
You play hard to get
'Cause you're teacher's pet
But when the boats have gone
We'll take a tumble excuse for a fumble
Shocked me too the things we used to do on grass
If you fancy we can buy an ice-cream cone
Your mate has gone She didn't want to be alone
I will pounce on you
Just us and the Cuckoos
You are helpless now
Over and over we flatten the clover
Shocked me too the things we used to do on grass
It would shock you too the things we used to do on grass
Grass, grass.
Things we did on grass

© 1987 Virgin Music (Publishers) Ltd.


Chords and Tablature

Date: Sun, 28 Mar 1999 22:04:01 +0100
From: Steve Cobham <steve (at) guitars dot powernet dot co dot uk>
Subject: Updated chords for "Grass"
Message-Id: <Version.32.19990327210616.00dcfbd0 (at) pop3 dot powernet dot co dot uk>


I've written what I think are improved chords for "Grass"
No capo needed and it sounds pretty accurate.

I offer them for submission to the Chalkhills Transcription page.

Grass
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F#m11#5: 200200
F#m11:   204200
B7sus4:  X24252
F#mb5:   2445X2

Intro:  E | F#m11#5 | E | F#m11 x2

E             F#m11                         E
Laying on the grass my heart it flares like fire
                    F#m11                   E
The way you slap my face just fills me with desire
B                B7sus4
You play hard to get
B                B7sus4
'Cause you're teacher's pet
B                       B7sus4
But when the boats have gone
B            A        G#m        F#m
We'll take a tumble excuse for a fumble

Shocked me too the things we used to do on grass
If you fancy we can buy an ice-cream cone
Your mate has gone She didn't want to be alone

I will pounce on you
Just us and the Cuckoos
You are helpless now
Over and over we flatten the clover

Shocked me too the things we used to do on grass
It would shock you too the things we used to do on grass
Grass, grass.

F#m                 F#m b5                  E
Things     we       did        on          grass

Steve.

Date: Sat, 6 Feb 1999 12:23:59 +0000
From: Tim Harris <wordsrus (at) wordsrus dot demon dot co dot uk>
Subject: chords for Grass
Message-ID: <Zpld1EAfRDv2EwIZ (at) wordsrus dot demon dot co dot uk>


Grass

capo on 2 to match recorded key
(EBGDAE)

D             G(330023)                     D         G
Laying on the grass my heart it flares like fire
    D               G                         D       G
The way you slap my face just fills me with desire
A9?(000200)(or 000000)         A7/G (322203)
You    play     hard    to     get
A9                      A7/G
'Cause you're teacher's pet
    A9                  A7/G
But when the boats have gone
A7sus4(33220X)        A7/G(322203)
We'll take a tumble excuse for a fumble

Shocked me too the things we used to do on grass

If you fancy we can buy an ice-cream cone

Your mate has gone She didn't want to be alone

I will pounce on you

Just us and the Cuckoos

You are helpless now

Over and over we flatten the clover

Shocked me too the things we used to do on grass

It would shock you too the things we used to do on grass

Grass, grass.
(3633XX)  (0532XX) (3330XX)    Gm(333553)  D
Things     we       did        on          grass

--
Tim Harris

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