The Good Things

(Moulding)

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Recordings
Art
Lyrics
Chords and Tablature
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Recordings

  1. Demo version, 2'54.
    Released in January 1989 as a B-side to the Mayor of Simpleton CD and 12" singles in the U.K.
    Also released on the Blu-ray reissue of Oranges & Lemons on 30 October 2015 in the U.K.
  2. Album version.
    Produced by David Yazbek and Terry.
    Engineered by Martin Kilfor.
    Recorded at Drive Studio, Swindon, England.
    Performed by Terry & The Lovemen.
    Released on 3 October 1995 on the A Testimonial Dinner: The Songs of XTC compilation album in the U.S.A.
    Terry - guitar
    Terry - bass
    Terry - vocals
    Chris Sharrock - drums
    Andy: “ Terry and the Lovemen . . . are a group of fellows from Wiltshire and one from Liverpool, who are besotted with XTC. They just seem to take the band's career as a template to live by, (sounds unhealthy to me!) You've got to admit they do a pretty good job on the ‘sounds-alike’ scale. Their singer does a passable Colin and even manages to sound not unlike Dave and Andy in other places (weird). With dedication to duty like this, how could David Yazbek have refused them a place on the album. I hear they took their name from an ad in Japan for our album Black Sea. [The Japanese] jumped the gun and advertised it under the name of one of our ‘in’ jokes at the time, which was calling the record Terry and the Lovemen.”
  3. Rehearsal at Leeds Studio, L.A.
    Released on the Blu-ray reissue of Oranges & Lemons on 30 October 2015 in the U.K.

Art

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Lyrics

Demo version:

Though your heart desires the things that money can buy
Emptiness lies through the glass, I shield your eyes

There's nothing out there for you, my dear
There's nothing out there for you
Let me tell you about the good things
The good things

I know your head is full of big ideas
You ain't missing anything, have no fear

I have touched the grass so green on the other side
It will grieve you and deceive you with disguise

There's nothing out there for you, my dear
There's nothing out there for you
Let me tell you about the good things
The good things

I know you pine for things you see in magazines
That world brings heartache, now it's not real, believe me

Remember all of those good things
You know you can't buy all those good things

Album version:

Though your heart desires the things that money can buy
Emptiness lies through the glass, I shield your eyes

There's nothing out there for you, my dear
There's nothing out there for you
Let me tell you about the good things
The good things

I know your head is full of big ideas
You ain't missing anything, have no fear

I have touched the grass so green on the other side
It will grieve you and deceive you with disguise

There's nothing out there for you, my dear
There's nothing out there for you
Let me tell you about the good things
The good things

I know your mind lies in a glossy magazine
I'll take a cloth and wipe away the sheen
Then what you see is what you'll see, believe me!

Remember all of those good things
You know you can't buy all those good things

Chords and Tablature

Date: Fri, 30 Mar 2001 13:52:21 EST
From: Ben Abbate <ETABBA (at) aol dot com>
Subject: The Good Things
Message-ID: <26.135b876e.27f62fe5 (at) aol dot com>


The Good Things by Terry and the Lovemen (XTC)
Written by Colin Moulding


E   -   -   15  -   -   -   13  -
B   15  -   -   15  13  -   -   13
G   -   12  -   -   -   10  -   -
D   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -
A   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -
E   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -

E   -   -   11  -   -   -   10  -
B   11  -   -   11  10  -   -   10
G   -   8   -   -   -   7   -   -
D   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -
A   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -
E   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -

E   -   -   8   -   -   -   6   -
B   8   -   -   8   6   -   -   6
G   -   5   -   -   -   3   -   -
D   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -
A   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -
E   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -

E   3
B   4
G   3
D   5
A   3
E   -

E   5
B   6
G   5
D   7
A   8
E   -

E   -   -   -   -
B   -   -   -   -
G   -   -   -   -
D   -   -   -   5
A   -   7   -   -
E   5   -   8   -

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