Miniature Sun

(Partridge)

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Oranges & Lemons

Recordings
Art
Lyrics
Chords and Tablature
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Recordings

  1. Album version, 3'49.
    Released on Oranges & Lemons.
    Andy: “The first half goes up -- a love song, how great it is. What great things the sun does for life. Then something happens in the middle. He's been rejected. And the other half is all down. He's upset and angry. And the sun is cruel. As far as I'm concerned, this song didn't come out Mel Torme enough.”
  2. Demo version.
    Released on 2 December 2002 on Fuzzy Warbles Volume One in the U.K.
    Also released on the Blu-ray reissue of Oranges & Lemons on 30 October 2015 in the U.K.
    Andy: “My cheapo sample keyboard was the reason this has a lot of posh punch. Load in a guitar chord, blend with processed cheese home organ tone. Stir with three fingered triad shapes until utterly... like... jazzed. Loved the honeymoon on Saturn, 1962, Playboy luke warm cool of it all. Is it time to start my secret career as night club crooner Mel Lowe?”
  3. 2015 stereo mix.
    Mixed and produced by Steven Wilson from the original multi-track tapes.
    Released on the CD/Blu-ray reissue of Oranges & Lemons on 30 October 2015 in the U.K.
  4. 2015 5.1 mix.
    Mixed and produced by Steven Wilson from the original multi-track tapes.
    Released on the Blu-ray reissue of Oranges & Lemons on 30 October 2015 in the U.K.
  5. 2015 instrumental mix.
    Mixed and produced by Steven Wilson from the original multi-track tapes.
    Released on the Blu-ray reissue of Oranges & Lemons on 30 October 2015 in the U.K.
  6. "Early Version of Miniature Sun".
    Released on the Blu-ray reissue of Oranges & Lemons on 30 October 2015 in the U.K.
  7. "Working On Miniature Sun".
    Rehearsal at Leeds Studios, L.A.
    Released on the Blu-ray reissue of Oranges & Lemons on 30 October 2015 in the U.K.

[Thanks to R. Stevie Moore]


Art

“Miniature Sun” postage stamp

“Miniature Sun” postage stamp

“Songlines: Basado libremente en ‘Miniature Sun’ (Andy Partridge), del disco ‘Oranges and lemons’ (1989), de XTC”

“Songlines: Basado libremente en ‘Miniature Sun’ (Andy Partridge), del disco ‘Oranges and lemons’ (1989), de XTC”

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Lyrics

  I'm 12 o'clock, all daylight hours, I'll warm your bed, I'll grow your flowers. Like I'm a miniature sun this ball ignited when she told me I was her only one.
  I'm not the same now. I'm not that plain little boy. I'm all aflame now. I'm king up here like a miniature sun!
  No life comes close, I'm rising higher, on holiday, on ball of fire, you made a miniature sun. Theres no more shadows in this world she says I'm her only one.
  I'm not the same now. I'm not that plain little boy. I'm all aflame now. I radiate like a miniature sun.
  Now everything looks right today. A billion watts of bright today. And I'm a blazing kite today. I think I'll float around her house, and tell her exactly how she makes me glow. But then the other man leaving merely doffs his hat, and I'm the last to know.
  Now everything looks wrong today. An out of tune sung song today. I've grown from big King Kong today, right down to miniature...
  Don't come too close, I'll burn your arm, I'll bleach your hair, dustbowl your farm, I'll blind your eyes, you blinded mine, I'll spin with rage, all summertime, you made a miniature sun. Just take a look up in the nightsky, I'm not the only one.
  I'm not the same now. I'm not that vain little boy that I was. I'm all to blame now look out below here I come! Man crashing down like a miniature sun.

© 1989 Virgin Music (Publishers) Ltd.


Chords and Tablature

Date: Sat, 24 Sep 2016 16:04:33 -0400
From: "J. D. Mack" <jdmack01 (at) verizon dot net>
Subject: Something for the Chalkhills website
Message-id: <6a2b0d1f-9508-602f-eb91-c715a1d83220 (at) verizon dot net>

Attached is a labor of love I've been working on for the past few weeks. It is bass guitar transcriptions for all of the songs on "Oranges and Lemons" - both notation and tab.

Thanks!

J. D.


Date: Fri, 21 Feb 2014 13:35:03 -0500
From: Chris Vasi <cv (at) chrisvasi dot com>
Subject: Miniature Sun - chords
Message-ID: <BLU0-SMTP4237A951BD6F52F0DE99CB9C8850 (at) phx dot gbl>


Hello, and thank you for this great resource.
I have been working on trying to play Miniature Sun on guitar. What an
amazing tune! I've been listening to it for years but I love it more
after putting it under the ol' microscope for a bit.
I've only seen one other posting online with chords for this song so I
figured I would share my findings with the world...
Some of the chords are difficult to figure, there is a lot going on
that defies easy description.
I may try and work up an arrangement to use in my jazz band...


intro G/D | C7/Bb | Fadd9/C | Bb7sus4/Ab ||

(trumpet line: G B D | G G F E C D | F Ab Bb \ Eb Eb D C B A )
(very interesting dissonance in the third bar where the guitar's Fadd9 has a G on top and the trumpet hits Ab)

verse Em9 | | | | (with bass E F# G A B C D E) Am11b5(?) | G | G | F | (not sure what to call that A chord)

chorus E | | | | | | | | (w/ trumpet line: G# A# F# G# D#)

       F#/C ("sun...") (mostly hear F# note trilling up to G)

repeat verse & chorus.


bridge B7 | | | | | | | | C# | G#/C | C# | G#/C | C# | G#/C | C# | G#/C ||

       G/D | C7/Bb | Fadd9/C | Bb7sus4/Ab ||

       B7 | | | | | | | | F#/C | | | |

verse (longer, 7 bars of Em) & chorus ..

outro ||: G/D | C7/Bb | Fadd9/C | Db | Db :||

Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2005 17:09:52 +0100
From: Jordi Ibáñez Llauradó <lohagoporelmessenger (at) hotmail dot com>
Subject: xtc songs
Message-ID: <BAY113-F11D978375E7EAC7A754B66DA390 (at) phx dot gbl>


OK, my first posting. please be gentle. i just want to say that
that's been done with no keyboard or organ at hand, so i can't
be more precise about the chords. that's why here you'll only
find the basic chords: it's up to you, people that can write,
read and dissect chords, to finish this work. so here it goes,
all the songs in the XTC catalogue that hadn't been tabbed in
this great site, from "black sea" to "nonsuch". you won't find
anything from "mummer" because the whole album has already been
"chorded" in this site.

don't expect any riffs or arpeggios, BTW. that's as far as my
skills go...

maybe i should be ashamed to post something like this (so
incomplete, wrong and childish) but it's just for the sake of
people who just want to strum XTC songs and sing and don't care
much if this is a sus4, added or other bollocks chord (and i must
point that i am one of those who really care, so i'm willing to
read all kinds of comments and corrections). please, john relph,
erase every transcription of mine as soon as a proper tab of each
song made by any other XTC fan who's more trained on guitar than me
comes to your mail.

songs like "the somnambulist" or "seagulls..." were meant to be
played on keyboards and sound terrible on guitar. beware!


MINIATURE SUN
transcription of keyboards chords (roughly)
intro: D-Bb-F-G#
verse: Em-D#-D-C#-C-E
chorus: E-C and then ("miniature suuun") D
middle 8 ("now everything..."): B-A and then beach boys part: C#-G#

--
hope that will be useful for somebody.
merry Xmas!
feedback welcome at jordiibanez (at) mixmail dot com
                 or lohagoporelmessenger (at) hotmail dot com

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