Little Lighthouse

(Partridge)

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Jules Verne's Sketchbook cover

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

  1. Album version, 4'24.
    Performed by The Dukes of Stratosphear.
    Released on Psonic Psunspot.
    Andy: “ ‘Little Lighthouse’ was a track that we started to record for Skylarking. Todd (Rungren, producer) got bored with it, so I thought The Dukes could do it. The Dukes made it sound like a lot of bands that imitated the Stones.”
    Gary Pig Gold: “More Prunes! (tremolo effect on guitar). Slight XTC influence (a la ‘This Is Pop’). ‘Conquistador’ trumpet). ‘19th Nervous Breakdown’ bassline on end fade.”
  2. Demo version.
    Released in November 1987 in November 1987 on the Jules Verne's Sketchbook cassette.
    Also released on 9 April 2009 on Psonic Psunspot in the U.K.
    Also released on the reissue of Skylarking on 14 October 2016 in the U.K.
    Andy: “This West Coast style blatz was written for SKYLARKING in 1985. It reminds me of bands like ‘Moby Grape’ etc. ‘. . .Cross the black and fossil oceans vast, I see love and she doth brightly burn. . .’”
    Also available on Fuzzy Warbles Volume Three.
    Andy: “This was destined for the ‘Dukes’ from the outset really. It was sent to Todd along with all the other Skylarking demos and even though we tried recording it in San Francisco (its spiritual home!), it was never going to fit with all of its pastoral playmates. A rotten quality demo, truly fuzzy, but having a punkadelic flair all its own.”
  3. 2016 stereo mix.
    Recorded during sessions for Skylarking.
    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.
    Recorded during sessions for Skylarking.
    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.
  7. Intro section.
    Released on the reissue of Skylarking on 14 October 2016 in the U.K.

Art

“Little Lighthouse” postage stamp

“Little Lighthouse” postage stamp

   

Lyrics

Demo version:

She's a little lighthouse when she
Opens up her huge eyes
And streams of diamonds shoot out
'Til we're wading waist deep in her brilliant love

She's a little lighthouse when she
Opens up her red mouth
And gold word ribbons rope and rodeo
The dark clouds in bouquet above

For how long will this dark age last?
For how long must we wait to learn?
'Cross the black and fossil ocean vast
I spy love and she doth brightly burn
Love sure lives in the right house

She's a little lighthouse when she
Opens up her huge mind and
Thoughts descending spears of crystal
Build a Jacob's ladder up to love

She's a little lighthouse when she
Opens up her red dress
Show skin of rubber marble lit by
Knowledge and by fireflies above

And can others see this splendid beam?
Or do they navigate in dark?
If you ever want to dock your dream
Well you'll need love to guide your fragile ark

She's a little lighthouse when she
opens up her huge eyes...
She's a little lighthouse

Album version:

She's a little lighthouse when she
Opens up her huge eyes
And streams of diamonds shoot out
'Til we're wading waist deep in her brilliant love

She's a little lighthouse when she
Opens up her red mouth
And gold word ribbons rope and rodeo
The dark clouds in bouquet above

For how long will this dark age last?
For how long must we wait to learn?
Across the black and fossil ocean vast
I spy love and she doth brightly burn
Love sure lives in the right house

She's a little lighthouse when she
Opens up her huge mind and
Thoughts descending spears of crystal
Build a Jacob's ladder up to love

She's a little lighthouse
When she opens up her red dress
Show skin of rubber marble
Lit by knowledge and the fireflies above

And can others see this splendid beam?
Or do they navigate in dark?
If you ever want to dock your dream
Well you'll need love to guide your fragile ark

Love sure keeps a bright house
She's a little lighthouse

© 1987 Virgin Music (Publishers) Ltd.


Chords and Tablature

Date: Thu, 8 Apr 1999 21:40:11 EDT
From: KingJeffe (at) aol dot com
Subject: Tab for Dukes of Stratosphere's "Little Lighthouse"
Message-ID: <afa010e9.243eb47b (at) aol dot com>


Little Lighthouse (by Andy Partridge)
Dukes Of Stratosphere (XTC)
Transcribed by Jeffrey Fariello (kingjeffe (at) aol dot com)

CHORDS:
****************************************************************************
C#m  Asus2  F#min7add4  Badd4  F#7add4  E   B   Bb   Dm   C#   Ab(C bass) Ab
 0     0        0         0       0     0   X    X    1    X       X       4
 5     0        0         4       0     0   4    3    3    6       4       4
 6     6        2         4       3     1   4    3    2    6       5       5
 6     7        4         4       4     2   4    3    0    6       6       6
 4     7        4         2       4     2   2    1    0    4       3       6
 X     5        2(T)      X       2     0   X    X    X    X       X       4
****************************************************************************
Ebm   F#   Bm    D
 6     2    1    2
 7     2    2    3
 8     3    3    2
 8     4    3    0
 6     4    1    0
 6     2    X    X
****************************************************************************
Intro: (Play twice)            Note: (Bass plays C# pedal note under chords)
C#m                  Asus2                     F#min7add4
------------------11------------------------9------------
---12--12--12--14----10----10--10--10--12----------------
-----------------------------------------------9---------
---------------------------------------------------------
---------------------------------------------------------
---------------------------------------------------------
 Badd4             C#m                 Asus2                    F#7add4
---14----12-----9-------------------11-----------------------9---------
------12----10-------12--12--12--14----10----10--10--10--12------9-----
-----------------------------------------------------------------------
-----------------------------------------------------------------------
-----------------------------------------------------------------------
-----------------------------------------------------------------------
Rhythm Fig.1:          Rhythm Fig.2:
|--0--------------|    |--------------|
|--0--------------|    |--4--4--4--4--|
|--3--------------|    |--4--4--4--4--|
|--4-----2--2--2--|    |--4--4--4--4--|
|--4-----2--2--2--|    |--2--1--------|
|--2-----0--2--4--|    |--------4--2--|
****************************************************************************

F#7add4        E(Rhythm Fig.1)     F#7add4      E(Rhythm Fig.1)  E
she's a little lighthouse when she opens up her huge eyes  and   streams of

                              B                 (Rhythm Fig.2)   F#7add4 - E
diamonds shoot out 'til we're wading waist deep in her brilliant love

F#7add4        E(Rhythm Fig.1)     F#7add4      E(Rhythm Fig.1)  E
she's a little lighthouse when she opens up her red mouth  and   gold word

                     B                 (Rhythm Fig.2)  F#7add4 - E
ribbons rope and rodeo the dark clouds in  bouquet  above

Bb                     Dm            C#          Ab(C bass)   Ab        Ebm
for how long will this dark age last.... for how long must we wait to learn

F#                          Bbm        B                       C#
across the black and fossil ocean vast I spy love and she doth brightly burn

F#7add4    D                        F#7add4     D
love............. sure lives in the right house..............

F#7add4        E(Rhythm Fig.1)     F#7add4      E(Rhythm Fig.1)  E
she's a little lighthouse when she opens up her huge mind  and   thoughts

                             B               (Rhythm Fig.2)   F#7add4 - E
descending spears of crystal build a jacob's ladder up to love

F#7add4        E(Rhythm Fig.1)     F#7add4      E(Rhythm Fig.1)  E
she's a little lighthouse when she opens up her red dress  show  skin of

                     B                 (Rhythm Fig.2)   F#7add4 - E
rubber marble lit by knowledge and the fireflies        above

Bb                      Dm             C#     Ab(C bass)    Ab       Ebm  F#
and can others see this splendid beam.... or  do  they  navigate in dark, if

                 Bbm             B                              C#
you ever want to dock your dream you'll need love to guide your fragile ark

F#7add4    D                   F#7add4     D
love............. sure keeps a bright house..............

(Repeat intro then 3rd & 4th verses... then to ending)

F#7add4                    E           B
She's a little lighthou-hoo-hoo-hoo-hoo-hoo-hoose....

F#7add4                    E           B
She's a little lighthou-hoo-hoo-hoo-hoo-hoo-hoose....etc...

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