My Bird Performs

(Moulding)

“My Bird Performs” vignette from #\#i#/#Nonsvch#\#/i#/# Recordings
Art
Lyrics
Chords and Tablature
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Recordings

  1. Album version, 3'51.
    Released on Nonsvch.
    Andy Partridge - Electric guitar & backing vocals & percussion
    Dave Mattacks - Drums
    Dave Gregory - Electric guitar, synthesizers & backing vocals
    Colin Moulding - Lead & backing vocals, electric guitar & bass guitar
    Guy Barker - Flugelhorns & trumpet solo
    Colin: “A happy-with-my-lot song.” Andy: “The best melody that Paul Simon never wrote.”
  2. Demo version, 3'29.
    Recorded at home by Colin Moulding.
    Released on 27 April 1992 on the Gribouillage CD-5.
    Also released on the Blu-ray reissue of Nonsuch on 4 November 2013 in the U.K.
  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

“My Bird Performs” vignette from #\#i#/#Nonsvch#\#/i#/#

“My Bird Performs” vignette from Nonsvch

Gene Yoon, 10/24/95

Gene Yoon, 10/24/95

 

Lyrics

Fine art never moved my soul
No vintage wine designer clothes
But my world shakes for me
My bird sings sweetly
A different kind of tinsel
Decorates my tree
Yes my bird performs
A thousand Cheshire cats
Grin inside of me
Yes my bird performs
There she goes
Shakespeare's sonnets leave me cold
The drama stage and the high brow prose
But my world shakes for me
My bird sings sweetly
The brightest fireworks
Are lighting up my sky
Yes my bird performs
The cage is open
But she's no desire to fly
'Cause my bird performs
There she goes
And you keep saying what you got
You keep saying what you got
Look out!

© 1992 Virgin Music (Publishers) Ltd.


Chords and Tablature

Date: Tue, 27 Jan 1998 00:17:05 -0500
From: Tim <tnevak2 (at) gl dot umbc dot edu>
Message-ID: <34CD6DD1.1849 (at) gl dot umbc dot edu>
Organization: Sonic Kinesia Recording
Subject: Tab for 'My Bird Performs'


Here is a more complete version of the tablature for 'My Bird Performs'
including a guitar tab transcription of the trumpet parts.

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XTC -- "My Bird Performs"
Transcribed by Tim Nevaker: tnevak2 (at) gl dot umbc dot edu

Intro Riff:

e:----------------------------------|----------------------------------|
B:----------------------------------|----------------------------------|
G:----------------------------------|----------------------------------|
D:------2---------------2-----------|------2---------------2-----------|
A:------------2---------------2-----|------------2---------------2-----|
E:--5-----------5---4-----------4---|--2-----------2---0-----------0---|



e:----------------------------------|----------------------------------||
B:----------------------------------|----------------------------------||
G:----------------------------------|----------------------------------||
D:------2---------------2-----------|------2---------------2-----------||
A:------------2---------------2-----|------------2---------------2-----||
E:--4h5-----5---5---4-----------4---|--2-----------2---0-----------2---||



Main Riff and Guitar Fill:

e:----------------------------------|----------------------------------||
B:----------------------------------|----------------------------------||
G:----------------------------------|----------------------------------||
D:------2---------------2-----------|------2---------------2-----------||
A:------------2---------------2-----|------------2---2-----------2-----||
E:--5-----------5---4-----------4---|--2-----------2---0-----------0---||

e:------0---------------------------|----------------------------------||
B:--2h4-----0-----------------------|------0---------------------------||
G:--------------------------------1-h--2-------------------------------||
D:----------------------------------|----------2-----------------------||
A:----------------------------------|----------------------------------||
E:----------------------------------|----------------------------------||


Verse 1: Fine art never moved my soul
         No vintage wine and designer clothes
Verse 2: Shakespeare's sonnets leave me cold
         The drama stage and the high brow prose
Verse 3: And you keep saying what you got
         You keep saying what you got


Chorus:

Keyboard:
    Emaj7  C#m                Emaj7  C#m
e:--11------9----------16--|--11------9-----------||
B:--12------9--------------|--12------9-----------||
G:--13------9--------------|--13------9-----------||
D:--14-----11--------------|--14-----11-----------||
A:-------------------------|----------------------||
E:-------------------------|----------------------||


  But my world shakes for me
  My bird sings sweetly


    A6            F#9
e:--2----------|--4----------||
B:--2----------|--2----------||
G:--2----------|--3----------||
D:--2----------|--2----------||
A:--4----------|--4----------||
E:--5----------|--2----------||


Chorus 1: A different kind of tinsel decorates my tree
          A thousand Cheshire cats grin inside of me
Chorus 2: The brightest fireworks are lighting up my sky
          The cage is open but she's no desire to fly



Trumpet verse fills:

e:----------------------------------|----------------------------------|
B:----------------------------------|----------------------------------|
G:----------------------------------|----------------------------------|
D:------2---------------2-----------|------2---------------2-----------|
A:------------2---------------2---2-|------------2---------------2-----|
E:--5-----------5---4-----------4---|--2-----------2---0-----------0---|

e:----------------------------------|----------------------------------|
B:----------2-------0---------------|----------0-----------------------|
G:--------------------------1-------|--2-------------------------------|
D:----------------------------------|------------------2---------------|
A:----------------------------------|----------------------------------|
E:----------------------------------|----------------------------------|



e:----------------------------------|----------------------------------||
B:----------------------------------|----------------------------------||
G:----------------------------------|----------------------------------||
D:------2---------------2-----------|------2---------------2-----------||
A:------------2---------------2---2-|------------2---------------2-----||
E:--5-----------5---4-----------4---|--2-----------2---0-----------0---||

e:--------------------------0-------|--2-------5-------4---------------||
B:----------2-------0---------------|----------------------------------||
G:----------------------------------|----------------------------------||
D:----------------------------------|----------------------------------||
A:----------------------------------|----------------------------------||
E:----------------------------------|----------------------------------||



Trumpet Solo:

    ^       ^       ^       ^          ^       ^       ^        ^
e:----------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
B:----------------------------------|----------5------------------------|
G:------------1-2-4-2-------1-------|-----------------------------------|
D:--2-----2-4-----------------------|--2--------------------------------|
A:----------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
E:----------------------------------|-----------------------------------|



     ^       ^       trill  ^            trill  ^       ^       ^
e:-----5---4-5-4-5-4-4(5)-----------|--4(5)-----------------------------|
B:--(5)-----------------------------|---------------5-4-5-4-------------|
G:----------------------------------|-----------------------6-4---------|
D:----------------------------------|---------------------------7---6---|
A:----------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
E:----------------------------------|-----------------------------------|



    ^       ^       ^       ^          ^   ^    ^   ^
e:----------------------------------|----------12-------||
B:----------------------------------|-------------------||
G:------------1-2-4-2-------1-------|-------------------||
D:--2-----2-4-----------------------|--2----------------||
A:----------------------------------|-------------------||
E:----------------------------------|-------------------||

Date: Tue, 12 May 92 17:31:08 -0400
From: dschmidt (at) athena dot mit dot edu
Subject: Nonsvch chords, Vol I

Okay, first some disclaimers.  In many places I did not try to figure
out Exactly what was going on - I listened to the music and tried to
figure out what chords I would play if I were to accompanying on on
the piano.  So probably many of the guitar chords are simpler than
I've made them out to be.  Also, in some places where I've indicated
how to voice chords, it is just how I find it convenient, and not
necessarily what they are doing on the record.  I also left out lots
of bass stuff, only including it where I thought it was important.
But everything should be pretty close.  Comments and corrections are
welcome!

Voicings are notated with low E on the left, high E on the right.

                           MY BIRD PERFORMS

      riff A         riff B (always played over riff A)
E ----------------------0--------
B --------------------24-0---0---
G -------------------------12----
D -2---2---2---2--------------2--
A 0-20--2---2---2----------------
E ----4--42--20--0---------------

rA  2x
rB  2x
Verse: rA  4x
Chorus:  G#m7/D#  C#m  4x  \
         A6      F#m9      | 2x
         rA  2x            /
Verse
Chorus
Solo: A6    F#m9
      rA
      A6    F#m9
rA  2x  ("you keep singing")
rB  2x
Double verse
rB  repeat and fade

 - Dan

Date: Mon, 11 May 92 13:34:22 -0400
From: dschmidt (at) athena dot mit dot edu
Subject: Re: Peter Pumpkinhead chords


* My Bird Performs, main riff

E ----------------- I haven't actually tried this out on the guitar
B ----------------- but it looks playable...  the "my bird sings sweetly"
G ----------------- melody is D# C# G# D# C# and the chords afterwards
D -2---2---2---2--- are something like Amaj7 F#m7, but probably not
A 0-20--2---2---2-- that exactly.
E ----4--42--20--4-

Disclaimer: I've only listened to the album a few times and I haven't
actually tried any of these on my guitar yet.  Use at your own risk.
I'll try to figure out some of them for real, and maybe even bother
with the bridges!

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