Punch and Judy


back cover of the German #\#i#/#Ball and Chain#\#/i#/# 7-incher Recordings
Annotated Lyrics
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  1. Album version.
    Recorded during sessions for English Settlement.
    Released on 26 February 1982 as a B-side of the Ball and Chain 7" single in the U.K.
    Also available on Rag & Bone Buffet.

    Andy: “From the English Settlement sessions.”
  2. Single version.
    Produced by Alan Winstanley and Clive Langer.
    Re-produced by XTC and Alan Winstanley.
    Engineered by Alan Winstanley.
    Intended for release as a single, but shelved.
    Released on 25 March 2002 on Coat of Many Cupboards in the U.K.
    Colin Moulding - Bass and Vocals
    Andy Partridge - Guitar, Keyboard and Vocals
    Dave Gregory - Guitar, Keyboards and Vocals
    Terry Chambers - Drums

    Andy: “Here's the other one of that ‘never was to be’ double A-side single. Recorded by Alan Winstanley and little old us. Hey! perhaps we don't need a bonafide producer after all, maybe we could make Settlement with just an engineer, like Hugh Padgham and we'll make the musical decisions, yeah, let's do the show right here!

    “This recording, I think, is better than the one we went on to release. More swing. But Hugh Padgham, quite understandably, didn't want to make an album with us, where just two of the recordings weren't his. The thing is, we couldn't better the Winstanley version. Even so, it was confined to a kind of political limbo, along with ‘Ball and Chain’.

    “The little yelping noises are that monophonic Korg synth again, still hanging on as our all purpose electronic traps box. I think we finally retired it after the Mummer album.”

[Thanks to R. Stevie Moore]


back cover of the German #\#i#/#Ball and Chain#\#/i#/# 7-incher

back cover of the German Ball and Chain 7-incher




Mark Fisher: “Housing is provided in Britain by local government for people who could not otherwise afford to live anywhere else. The occupiers pay rent, and the council is responsible for maintenance and upkeep of the property. After the war, council housing was built on a large scale, and an area of such housing is known as a council estate. When Andy says he was brought up on the council estate where his parents still live, he is (a) giving himself a bit of working-class credibility (and class is still very important in Britain), and (b) implying that his parents are ordinary, low-income people whose modest dream would be to live in a bungalow by the sea.”

(Gather 'round!)

Punch and Judy did it truly and were married in a haste
In love, maybe, using the baby as a kind of romance paste
She's grown fatter, her hair cut shorter, looks much older than nineteen
He's a drinker not a thinker, baby spoiled his could have been

This must be make-believe
This must be make-believe
This must be make-believe
'Cos who do we know, dear, who acts like that?
No-oh no-one!
Punch and Judy

Punch and Judy in a semi on a brand new council plot
Sunday lunchtime, beer-for-Punch time, while his dinner's far from hot
She grows tired, cab is hired, she goes round to see her friend
He comes back late, foodless, irate, we will see his temperament

Punch and Judy in a quandary, she's walked out and he is mad
Now he's grown up, can't smash home up, retribution must be had
Punch and Judy had a baby who brought them to married bliss
Mr Punch has drunken hunch that he must punish kid for this

Punch and Judy

Chords and Tablature

Date: Mon, 19 May 1997 14:43:15 -0500 (CDT)
From: Joseph T Kays <kaysjos (at) mail dot auburn dot edu>
Subject: Re: punch and judy

hello, here is the tab for punch and judy.
///////-means keep playing

opening lick+ continued throughtout song.

E------5-----|----7-----|-----5----|  |-----5---|------------|----5----|
B------5-----|----7-----|-----5----|  |-----5---|-----9------|----5----|
G------6-----|----8-----|-----6----|  |-----6---|-----9------|----6----|
D------7-----|----9-----|-----7----|  |-----7---|-----9------|----7----|



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