Vanishing Girl

(The Red Curtain)

The Dukes of Stratosphear: #\#i#/#You're a Good Man Albert Brown#\#/i#/# back cover

The Dukes of Stratosphear: You're a Good Man Albert Brown back cover

Recordings
Art
Lyrics
Chords and Tablature
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Recordings

  1. Psonic Psunspot version, 2'30.
    Performed by The Dukes of Stratosphear.
    Recorded at Sawmills Studios, Fowey, Cornwall, in June 1987.
    Produced by John Leckie. Engineered by John Cornfield.
    Released on Psonic Psunspot.
    The Red Curtain (acoustic guitar)
    Sir John Johns (bass)

    Andy: “ ‘Vanishing Girl’ was steered towards The Hollies a lot. They had two lead singers at the same time, so both Colin and I sang the same so that the voices got smashed into this amorphous Hollies mess.”
    Gary Pig Gold: “Hollies tune, circa '66 (i.e., ‘Pay You Back with Interest’), harmonies and bass line especially. Beatles ending chord (6th, I think).”
  2. Coat of Many Cupboards version, 2'44.
    Same as the Psonic Psunspot version, with different spoken intro and outro.
    Released on 25 March 2002 on Coat of Many Cupboards.
    Lily Fraser - voice.

    Andy: “The little snatch of speech at the end was an out-take from a whole bunch we did with the young daughter of the studio owner, one Lilley [sic] Fraser. We initially tried to get aged British character actor Derek Guyler to read the psychedelic nonsense between songs in honour of Stanley Unwin's sterling gibberish on the Small Faces' Ogden's Nut Gone Flake. But unfortunately Guyler's agent wanted the sum of £10,000, which was the total budget for the whole album. So little Ms Fraser stepped in and did a great job for a pat on the head and ice cream money.”
  3. Originally entitled "No One At Home".

    Demo version, 2'51.
    Released on 9 April 2009 on Psonic Psunspot in the U.K.


Art

The Dukes of Stratosphear: #\#i#/#Vanishing Girl#\#/i#/# promo single

The Dukes of Stratosphear: Vanishing Girl promo single

The Dukes of Stratosphear: #\#i#/#Vanishing Girl#\#/i#/# promotional 12-incher cover

The Dukes of Stratosphear: Vanishing Girl promotional 12-incher cover

 

Lyrics

Someone's knocking in the Distance
But I'm deaf and blind
She's not expected home this evening
So I leave the world behind
for the Vanishing Girl
The Vanishing Girl
Yes she'd give you a twirl
But she vanishes from my world
So burn my letters and you'd better leave
Just one pint a day
The whole street's talking about my
White shirts looking so grey
People gossip on the doorstep
Think they know the score
She's giving him the runaround
The man from number four
Has a Vanishing Girl
a Vanishing Girl
Yes she'd give you a twirl
But she vanishes from my world
Yes the paint is peeling and my
Garden is overgrown
I got no enthusiasm to even answer the phone
When she's here it makes up for the time she's
not and it's all forgotten
But when she goes I'm putting on the pose for
the Vanishing Girl

© 1987 Virgin Music (Publishers) Ltd.


Chords and Tablature

Date: 22 Sep 98 07:25:03 +0000
From: Dan Pinder <dpinder (at) inreach dot com>
Subject: Vanishing Girl bits
Message-Id: <199809221413.HAA28810 (at) mail dot inreach dot com>


Intro
      ^   ^    ^    ^    ^     ^   ^   ^
----|--------9----------|10----9---------------|--
----|-10--12-----12-----|--------12-10---------|--
--9-|---9------9----9-10|---10---------10--9---|--
----|-------------------|----------------------|--
----|-------------------|----------------------|--
----|-------------------|----------------------|--


  ^     ^  ^    ^    ^
--9---------------|----10-------------------------
-----12--10--9----|---10--------------------------
------------------|--10---------------------------
------------------|-------------------------------
------------------|-------------------------------
------------------|-------------------------------


acoustic guitar first two chords:

   Amaj      Dmin9/A
---0-----------0------------------------------------
---2-----------3------------------------------------
---2-----------2------------------------------------
---2-----------3------------------------------------
---0-----------0------------------------------------
---X-----------X------------------------------------

Dan Pinder (dpinder (at) inreach dot com)

Date: Mon, 20 May 91 9:46:14 PDT
From: John M. Relph <relph (at) presto dot ig dot com>
Subject: chords to Vanishing Girl

    (verse)
    A                  F7+13
    Someone's knocking in the Distance
    But I'm deaf and blind
    She's not expected home this evening
    So I leave the world behind

    (chorus)
                      F#m
    for the Vanishing Girl
    E6                F#m
        The Vanishing Girl
    E6                   F#m
    Yes she'd give you a twirl
    E6                   F#m
        But she vanishes from my world
       G                         D
    So burn my letters and you'd better leave
                    A
    Just one pint a day
        G
    The whole street's talking about my
    D                       A+11  E
    White shirts looking so grey

    (verse)
    People gossip on the doorstep
    Think they know the score
    She's giving him the runaround
    The man from number four

    (chorus)
    Has a Vanishing Girl
    a Vanishing Girl
    Yes she'd give you a twirl
    But she vanishes from my world
    Yes the paint is peeling and my
    Garden is overgrown
    I got no enthusiasm to even answer the phone

    (bridge)
    A                  A7               D
    When she's here it makes up for the time she's
                 F7+13
    not and it's all forgotten
        A                 F7+13          A    F7+13   A
    But when she goes I'm putting on the pose

    (chorus)
    For the Vanishing Girl
    (end on) A6

Unfortunately my music theory is not very good.  On guitar I'm playing
a barred A (5th fret), F7+13 (F7 1st fret, +13 2nd string 3rd fret), E6
(open, +6 2nd string 2nd fret), barred A11 (A 5th fret, +11 3rd string
7th fret).  The F#m might be an F#m7 but it sounds fine plain.

        -- John

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