Ladybird

(Partridge)

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

  1. Album version, 4'33.
    Recorded at Manor Studios, Oxfordshire, in November 1982.
    Produced by Steve Nye. Engineered by Steve Nye and Howard Gray.
    Released on Mummer.

    Andy: “In compiling this collection Virgin asked us to list our favourites from their back catalogue. My list came to about two dozen, but lack of space meant only a few could sneak on, amongst the rarities, out-takes and demos. I'm glad this gentle ditty made it. Engineered (oh, alright, produced as well) and mixed by the grumpy but gifted Steve Nye. This is another Manor recording from late in '82, for the tentatively titled Fallen from the Garden album. The title wasn't to stay for too long. Early in '83, I took a 1950's child's encyclopedia to gaze at on the loo and saw a drawing of some mummers, ‘Mummer, that's the title for me’. Mystery musicians who are really ordinary workaday folk, it fit perfectly.

    “Back to ‘Ladybird’. Part written in a German hotel room, one of my few songs to pop out on the road, was finished up in the back garden. Steve Nye's gentle three dimensional engineering caught the feel just right. Sparkling acoustic guitar, stately bass, classy piano and tactile drums. Sullen and uncommunicative he may have been, but he knew his knobs.”

  2. Demo version.
    Released on 25 September 2006 on Fuzzy Warbles Volume Seven in the U.K.

    Andy: “I remember at the time consciously fighting back my obvious Beatle influences but this is the song where I just let them go. Not that it sounds very Fab Four, it was just my state of mind you understand. So believe it or not, the middle section of this humble hymn was a kind of epiphany for me. Let it bee.”

[Thanks to R. Stevie Moore]


Art

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Lyrics

O, ladybird
I have heard you wish to walk me through your garden
I crave your pardon if I woke you with my thinking
Ladybird

O, ladybird
I have heard you wish to walk me through your meadow
You'll spread no wings to fly in fright if I'm beside you
Ladybird

All through the winter time
When wood was worm and splintered
Time seemed longer than a goods train
Now that spring is back again
I'll ask your name, your name

O, ladybird
I have heard you wish to walk across my pillow
No weeping willow was ever as beautiful, sad as you are
Ladybird

And as you're walking past
I'm laying on the grass and making chains of thought
To snare you with my wit
But bit by bit you fade to gone
Gone

All through the iron season
Love was hanged and treason became
Something of a parlour game
Now sun is back in power
I'll ask your name, your name

O, ladybird
I have heard you have to run to tend your children
No flood can drown nor fire blacken purest longing
For ladybird
Ladybird

© 1983 Virgin Music (Publishers) Ltd.


Chords and Tablature

Date: Tue, 14 Sep 1999 13:04:19 EDT
From: KingJeffe (at) aol dot com
Subject: chords for "Ladybird"
Message-ID: <781e599f.250fda13 (at) aol dot com>

I did this not realizing it had already been posted, but I think it's a
little more detailed than the existing one, and possibly more accurate in
some spots. Or not.

Ladybird (by Andy Partridge)
XTC from "Mummer"
transcribed by Jeffrey Fariello (kingjeffe (at) aol dot com)

Chords:
****************************************************************************
  Aadd2   C#7#9   F#   Bmaj7   E   B   C#   Amaj7   B11   E6maj7#11   G#m
    0       0     2      2     0   X    X     4      0        0        4
    0       0     2      4     0   4    6     5      2        4        4
    6       4     3      3     1   4    6     6      2        3        4
    7       3     4      4     2   4    6     6      X        2        6
    7       4     4      2     2   2    4     X      2        4        6
    5       X     2      X     0   X    X     5      X        0        4
****************************************************************************
  G#min7   C#11   Bb   F#6   C    F7   G#7
    4       2      X    2    X    1     4
    4       4      3    4    5    1     4
    4       4      3    3    5    2     5
    4       X      3    4    5    1     4
    6       4      1    X    3    3     6
    4       X      X    2    X    1     4
****************************************************************************

Intro chords:
Aadd2  -  C#7#9 twice

F#    Bmaj7    F#    Bmaj7    F#                E                    B
Oh,     lady - bird,   I have heard you wish to walk me through your garden

C#            Amaj7       B11                              E6maj7#11
 I crave your pardon if i woke you with my thinking, ladybird

F#    Bmaj7    F#    Bmaj7    F#                E                    B
Oh,     lady - bird,   I have heard you wish to walk me through your meadow

C#                Amaj7           B11                             E6maj7#11
 You'll spread no wings to fly in fright if i'm beside you, ladybird

C#               G#m               C#                G#m
 All through the winter time, when wood was worm and splintered

            B             F#                    B              G#min7
Time seemed longer than a goods train, now that spring is back again

              C#     Amaj7             C#          C#11
I'll ask your name................your name.........................

F#    Bmaj7    F#    Bmaj7    F#                E              B
Oh,     lady - bird,   I have heard you wish to walk across my pillow

C#          Amaj7              B11                              E6maj7#11
 No weeping willow was ever as beautiful, sad as you are, ladybird

Bb             F#6               C             F7
 And as you're walking past, i'm laying on the grass and making

Bb                    F#6               C               F7
Chains of thought, to share you with my wit, but bit by bit you fade to

Aadd2   C#7#9   Aadd2                    C#7#9               G#7
Gone... gone... Ba dum,ba dum,ba da da...ba da da, ba da da, ba da da da da

C#               G#m          C#                  G#m
 All through the iron season, love was hanged and treason became

B              F#                B              G#min7
Something of a parlour game, now sun is back in power

              C#     Amaj7             C#          C#11
I'll ask your name................your name.........................

F#    Bmaj7    F#    Bmaj7    F#                E                B
Oh,     lady - bird,   I have heard you have to run to tend your children

C#            Amaj7          B11                               E6maj7#11
 No flood can drown nor fire blacken purest longing, for ladybird

Outro chords:
Aadd2  -  C#7#9

Date: Fri, 26 Jul 1996 18:21:55 -0400
From: Kevin Brunkhorst <KB305 (at) aol dot com>
Subject: here's Mummer, plus some B-sides
Message-ID: <960726182155_246529032 (at) emout08 dot mail dot aol dot com>

Get your guitar, cue up the CD.
Proud to be on the website, looks good there.
What's next?

Ladybird

Intro:

Aadd2 x02420     C#7#9 x4345x

F#  Bmaj9  G#m F#
O          ladybird
Bmaj9 Bdim   F#                E                    B
      I have heard you wish to walk me through your garden
C#             Amaj7       A/B
  I crave your pardon if I woke you with my thinking
Emaj7b5
Ladybird

O ladybird
I have heard you wish to walk me through your meadow
You'll spread no wings to fly in fright if I'm beside you
Ladybird

C#              G#m
All through the winter time
     C#                G#m
When wood was warm and splintered
            B             F#
Time seemed longer than a goods train
         B              G#m                 C#7   Amaj7
Now that spring is back again I'll ask your name
     C#     B
Your name

O ladybird
I have heard you wish to walk across my pillow
No weeping willow was ever as beautiful, sad as you are
Ladybird

Bb            Gb6
And as you're walking past
    C             F9               Bb
I'm laying on the grass and making chains of thought
   Gb6            C
To snare you with my wit
           F9              Amaj7      C#7#9
But bit by bit you fade to gone
Gone

All through the iron season
Love was hanged and treason became
Something of a parlour game
Now sun is back in power I'll ask your name
Your name

O ladybird
I have heard you have to run to tend your children
No flood can drown nor fire blacken purest longing
For ladybird
Ladybird

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