Season Cycle

(Partridge)

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Skylarking

Recordings
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Art
Lyrics
Chords and Tablature
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Recordings

  1. Album version, 3'21.
    Recorded at Utopia Sound, near Woodstock, USA, in April 1986.
    Produced and engineered by Todd Rundgren.
    Released on Skylarking.
  2. Demo version.
    Released on 7 July 2003 on Fuzzy Warbles Volume Four in the U.K.
    Also released on the reissue of Skylarking on 14 October 2016 in the U.K.
    Dave Morgan - psychedelic pensioner
    Andy: “The reason this Skylarking demo came out so gratuitously psychedelic is down to a visitation from my old work pal Dave Morgan. Post painting, grotto building, window dummy molesting cohort from my days at McIlroys Department Store. He turned up just as I was finishing this, so I simply switched the mic back on and away we went.”
  3. 2016 stereo 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.
  4. 2016 5.1 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.
  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 sketch.
    Released on the reissue of Skylarking on 14 October 2016 in the U.K.

Art

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Lyrics

Season cycle moving round and round
Pushing life up from a cold dead ground
It's growing green
It's growing green, well
Darling don't you ever stop to wonder
About the clouds about the hail and thunder
'Bout the baby and its umbilical
Who's pushing the pedals on the season cycle?

Summer chased by Autumn
Autumn chased by Winter
    season cycle go from death to life
Winter chased by Springtime
    bring a harvest or a man his wife
Springtime's turning
    it's growing green
It's growing green, well
Darling, don't you ever sit and ponder
    darling did you ever think
About the building of the hills a yonder
    all this life stuff's closely linked
Where we're going in this verdant spiral
Who's pushing the pedals on the season cycle?
Round and round and round and round

I really get confused on who would make all this
    is there a God in Heaven
Everybody says join our religion get to Heaven
I say no thanks why bless my soul
I'm already there!

Autumn is Royal
As Spring is clown
But to repaint Summer
They're closing Winter down

Darling don't you ever stop to wonder
    darling did you ever think
About the clouds about the hail and thunder
    all this life stuff's closely linked
About the baby and its umbilical
Who's pushing the pedals on the season cycle?
Season cycle
Darling, don't you ever sit and ponder
    darling did you ever think
About the building of the hills a yonder
    all this life stuff's closely linked
Where we're going in the verdant spiral
Who's pushing the pedals on the season cycle?

© 1987 Virgin Music (Publishers) Ltd.


Chords and Tablature

Date: Sat, 15 Jul 2017 14:33:31 +0200
From: Florian Decros <flodecros (at) gmail dot com>
Subject: Bass tabs of "Skylarking"
Message-ID: <CAPtZtiPs1nY1yeFCibNRa75qhzrX8U_JhcbCUurHrPpGN_p=XA (at) mail dot gmail dot com>

Hi !

As a big fan of the album "Skylarking" and an enthusiast bass player,
I decided to transcribe all the songs from the record (except "1000
Umbrellas" because there's no bass, duh), including "Dear God".
There's surely mistakes here and there, but I tried to do my best.
Hope it will help some bass players across the word :)

Cheers,
Florian.

PS : Sorry if I made some grammatical mistakes, i'm french :)


Date: Sun, 08 Jul 2012 16:49:35 -0700
From: Daniel Pinder <pindy (at) me dot com>
Subject: Chalkhills chords: Season Cycle
Message-id: <ABB9033C-86A3-4E2A-A541-A561600724A2 (at) me dot com>


This is another chord transcription, in the original key.

Dan Pinder



Pardon any enharmonic mistakes!


A       E/G#        A         E/G#
Season cycle moving round and round

A       E/G#           A         E/G#
Pushing life up from a cold dead ground

            F#/A#    B                 F#/A#   B
Its growing green          Its growing green

       E        B            C       A/C#
well   Darling dont you ever stop to wonder

E         B                Amin     Amaj
about the clouds about the hail and thunder

E         B            G#  A
about the baby and its umbilical

A                E/G#          F#min7
who's pushin the pedals on the season cycle

(notes B + E over the following bass notes: A B C# D#)
(Summer chased by autumn)

(notes B + E)/A  (B+E)/B  (B+E)/C#  (B+E)/D#
(Autumn chased by winter)  Season cycle go from death to life

(notes B + E)/A  (B+E)/B  (B+E)/C#  (B+E)/D#
(winter chased by springtime)  Bring a harvest or a man his wife

(springtimes turning)  Its growing green

its growing green

well Darling dont you ever sit and ponder (darling did you ever think)

about the building of the hills a yonder (all this life stuff's closely linked)

Where were going in this verdant spiral

Who's pushing the pedals on the season cycle

E-dom9 sus   E-dom9
Round       and

A-dom9 sus  A-dom9
round       and

G-dom9 sus  G-dom9
round       and

G#7
(round)

G#7                      G#7/F#    E
I really get confused on who could make all this in a (day)

Ebmin     Ebmin/Db  Ebmaj/C  Eb7/Bb
everybody says join our religion get to

Absus Abmaj
hea--ven

Abmin     Ab      F                   F(7)         Bbsus Bbmaj E6/9
      I   say "no thanks why bless my soul I'm already there"


(notes B + E)/A  (B+E)/B  (B+E)/C#  (B+E)/D#

              Do do do do do.....

A                B/A
Autumn is royal    As spring is clown

       Gmaj7 #11       G#6                     A6  (Bass: A B C# D# a couple times)
But to repaint summer   They're closing winter down


Darling did you ever stop to wonder   (darling did you ever think)

About the clouds about the hail and thunder  (all this life stuff's
closely linked)

About the baby and its umbilical

Who's pushing the pedals on the season cycle

well Darling don't you ever sit and ponder (darling did you ever think)

about the building of the hills a yonder (all this life stuff's closely linked)

Where we're going in this verdant spiral

A                E/G#          F#min7
Who's pushing the pedals on the season cycle

TAG at end: B-dom9 sus B-dom9 A-dom9 sus A-dom9

(Who's pushin, who's pushing, who's pushin yeah) .......

Date: Sun, 6 Jul 1997 22:06:32 +0100
From: Tim Harris <tim (at) wordsrus dot demon dot co dot uk>
Subject: chords to Season Cycle


I'd hoped someone with theoretical skills might have attempted this one
by now! - trial and error on a keyboard got me this far, some of the D
bits have more complicated harmonic things happening that others may
care to develop - and the ?s still need attention - but it works
overall!

(transpose keyboard down 5 semitones to match CD)

D       A/D          D         A/D
Season cycle moving round and round
D       A/D             D         A/D
Pushing life up from a cold dead ground
              B7    E7                   B7   E7
Its growing green          Its growing green
E7+   A        E             Fdim     D
well   Darling dont you ever stop to wonder
A         E                Fdim     D
about the clouds about the hail and thunder
A         E            Fdim  D
about the baby and its umbilical
                               B7            D
who's pushin the pedals on the season cycle

(Summer chased by autumn)
                           .....
(Autumn chased by winter)  Season cycle go from death to life

(winter chased by springtime)  Bring a harvest or a man his wife

(springtimes turning)  Its growing green

its growing green

well Darling dont you ever sit and ponder (darling did you ever think)

about the building of the hills a yonder (all this life stuff's closely linked)

Where were going in this verdant spiral

Who's pushing the pedals on the season cycle
D     A    G     D  C     Fdim
Round and round and round and (round)

E               E7                 A        A7         (Ab)
I really get confused on who could make all this in a (day)
Ab        Ab/Gb     Ab/F Ab/Eb          Dbm  Db
everybody says join our religion get to hea--ven
Db7       Bb                                  Eb        ?
I say "no thanks why bless my soul I'm already there"

D  A  D  A  .... ?
              Do do do do do.....

D/A                Bm
Autumn is royal    As spring is clown
   Am7                  Abdim                  D      ?
But to repaint summer   They're closing winter down

A        E           Fdim     D
Darling did you ever stop to wonder   (darling did you ever think)
A         E                Fdim     D
About the clouds about the hail and thunder  (all this life stuffs
closely linked)
A         E           Fdim   D
About the baby and its umbilical
                               B7                E
Who's pushing the pedals on the season cycle
E+ ...
well Darling dont you ever sit and ponder (darling did you ever think)

about the building of the hills a yonder (all this life stuffs a
closely linked)

Where were going in this verdant spiral

Who's pushing the pedals on the season cycle

(Who's pushin, who's pushing, who's pushin yeah) .......

--
Tim Harris

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