Holly Up On Poppy

(Partridge)

“Holly Up on Poppy” vignette from #\#i#/#Nonsvch#\#/i#/# Recordings
Art
Lyrics
Chords and Tablature
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Recordings

  1. Album version, 3'04.
    Released on Nonsvch.
    Andy Partridge - Acoustic guitars, lead & backing vocals
    Dave Gregory - Synthesizers, hammond organ, electric 12-string guitar, backing vocals & piano
    Dave Mattacks - Drums
    Colin Moulding - Bass guitar
    Andy: “My daughter calls her rocking horse Poppy. Originally the song was titled ‘Holly High on Poppy’ but people thought it was about drugs. Even now someone's said it's about dying of cancer and taking drugs to ease the pain. But it's really about my daughter and her rocking horse.”
  2. Demo version.
    Recorded 11 May 1990 at Andy's home.
    Released on 7 July 2003 on Fuzzy Warbles Volume Three in the U.K.
    Also released on the Blu-ray reissue of Nonsuch on 4 November 2013 in the U.K.
    Andy: “When Holly rode her rocking horse ‘Poppy’, she would say ‘Daddy, I like its Poppy song’. That song was the low rhythmic rumble and high un-oiled squeak of its moving parts. I tried to capture that in this demo from 11th of May 1990. Of course I failed but isn't that the curse and motivation of all art? To bottle the unbottleable. I also have a rocking horse fixation, but you knew that.”
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

Art

“Holly Up on Poppy” vignette from #\#i#/#Nonsvch#\#/i#/#

“Holly Up on Poppy” vignette from Nonsvch

nanopicture inspired by "Holly Up On Poppy"

nanopicture inspired by "Holly Up On Poppy"

Molly Fanton, 09/06/98

Molly Fanton, 09/06/98

Greg Singer, 10/23/95

Greg Singer, 10/23/95

Mary Ann Paul, 01/03/96

Mary Ann Paul, 01/03/96

ark, 08/12/98

ark, 08/12/98


Lyrics

Holly up on Poppy
Canter never stop
She has escaped from the world
Where they bake beautiful girls
Holly up on Poppy
Trotting to the top
She talks and banners unfurl
Their secrets crayoned in swirls
Everyday I
Have to pluck up
Courage to look her in the eyes
The eyes of storms
Anyway I
Love to watch her
Ride and play the alchemy
That love performed
Laughing
Holly up on Poppy...
Everytime I
Look at my watch
I'm reminded we are poor
In hours per day
Every second
Spent with her
's a bulging wallet overstuffed
With angels pay
Laughter!

© 1992 Virgin Music (Publishers) Ltd.


Chords and Tablature

Date: Sat, 22 May 2004 23:28:09 -0700
From: Jeff Truzzi.
Subject: XTC Transcriptions
Message-Id: <5.1.0.14.0.20040522231753.00ac6788 (at) mail dot theharveys dot net>
XTC SONG TRANSCRIPTIONS
transcribed by "Jeff Truzzi" for the XTC Forum, 2004.
and freely given to the XTC "Chalkhills" site!

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HOLLY UP ON POPPY by Andy Partridge
Copyright 1992 Virgin Music Ltd.
Transcribed for the XTC forum by Jeff Truzzi.

D
X*X*0*2*3*2

D+(sus2)
or you could call it
Bb(b5)/D
X*X*0*3*3*0


The next phrase is:
Em7
0*2*2*0*3*3
(with some 6ths &/or 9ths in the keyboard part)

A7
X*0*2*2*2*3

Bbo/A
X*0*2*3*2*0
and
X*0*2*3*2*3
(kind of alternates between the two voicings, hence the chord name)

A7
x*0*2*2*2*3
(again, then repeat from the beginning,)
The 2nd time, continue on to:
***********************************

Bb/Ab
4*X*3*3*3*X
"Every day I..."
There's a DG overdub guitar playing a 6th fret barre Bb chord...and Colin is playing the Ab in the bass.

G7 (Andy's cool voicing)
3*2*3*4*X*X

F#maj7
2*1*3*3*X*X

F7sus4/C
X*3*1*3*1*1
(hear a m6 or m9 voicing in the keys)

(first ending)--------
F/A
X*0*7*5*6*5
(****then repeat from ****)
******************

(second ending)-----
A+
X*0*3*2*2*X

A6
X*0*4*2*2*0

A7
X*0*2*0*2*0
...and repeat from the beginning!
-----
Jeff Truzzi


Date: Sat, 9 Sep 1995 02:50:43 -0400
From: KingJeffe (at) aol dot com
Subject: Holly Up On Poppy chords

 Holly Up On Poppy  (or Olive up on Popeye)
           by XTC   written by Andy (Danny?) Partridge

 transcribed by king_jeffe (at) aol dot com (Jeff Fariello)

 Dmaj(A) Gmin(A)  Dmin  Db-aug  Cdim-sus4  Cmin7b5
   2       3       -      -        -          -
   3       3       6      6        6          4
   2       3       7      6        5          3
   O       O       7      7        4          4
   O       O       5      4        3          3
   -       -       -      -        -          -
___________________________________________________

 Gmaj   Amaj   Bb7   Fmaj   A-aug   A6    A7
   3      -     6      1      5      5     5
   O      2     6      1      6      7     8
   O      2     7      2      6      6     6
   O      2     6      3      7      7     7
   2      O     8      3      O      O     O
   3      -     6      1      -      -     -
___________________________________________________

 Gmaj6  Amaj6  Dmaj6
   -      -      -
   5      7      3
   4      6      4
   5      7      4
   -      -      5
   3      5      -
___________________________________________________

 Dmaj(A) Gmin(A) ... repeat
      Holly     up     on   poppy , cantor  never  stop ....

  Gmaj                                       Amaj
 ...escaped from the world , where they bake beautiful girls

  Bb7               Bb7
     ...every day I  ,  have to pluck up ...

  Dmin                Db-aug            Cdim-sus4         Cmin7b5    Fmaj
  courage to look her in the eyes , the eyes of storms..................

  Bb7             Bb7
     ...anyway  I  ,  love to watch her ...

  Dmin                Db-aug         Cdim-sus4     A-aug    A6      A7
  ride and play , the alchemy , that love performed........laugh----ter!

 "YADA-YADA-YADA...BA-BEE-BA-BA...etc..etc.."

  (ending..)

  Dmaj(A)-Gmin(A)...........Gmaj6    Amaj6   Dmaj6
  holly  up  on poppyyyyyy  eeeeeee  eeeeeee

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