Wrapped in Grey

(Partridge)

Recordings
XTCfans interview with Andy Partridge
Art
Lyrics
Chords and Tablature
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Recordings

  1. Album version, 3'46.
    Released on Nonsvch.
    Was to be released on 7 September 1992 as a single in the U.K. but was withdrawn.
    Dave Gregory - Piano, synthesizers & backing vocals
    Stuart Gordon - Violin
    Gina Griffin - Violin
    Florence Lovegrove - Viola
    Rose Hull - Cello
    Andy Partridge - Lead & backing vocals, tambourine & percussion
    Colin Moulding - Bass guitar & backing vocals
    Dave Mattacks - Drums
    Andy: “Life doesn't have to be grey and soulless. If you tap into your own emotions, you can experience all the colours.”
    Andy: “This was the final straw. I was really proud of this track — we put a lot of time and thought into the whole thing, including the video, and Virgin just pulled it.”
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Demo version.
    Recorded by Andy at home.
    Released on the Blu-ray reissue of Nonsuch on 4 November 2013 in the U.K.

Art

#\#i#/#Wrapped In Grey#\#/i#/# CD single cover

Wrapped In Grey CD single cover

#\#i#/#Wrapped In Grey#\#/i#/# 7" single

Wrapped In Grey 7" single

#\#i#/#Wrapped in Grey#\#/i#/# CD single

Wrapped in Grey CD single

“Wrapped in Grey” vignette from #\#i#/#Nonsvch#\#/i#/#

“Wrapped in Grey” vignette from Nonsvch

“Wrapped In Grey” sheet music

“Wrapped In Grey” sheet music

the #\#i#/#Wrapped in Grey#\#/i#/# CD single autographed by Andy Partridge, Colin Moulding and Dave Gregory

the Wrapped in Grey CD single autographed by Andy Partridge, Colin Moulding and Dave Gregory

Jen, 062398

Jen, 062398

John Relph, 2005-Jun-05

John Relph, 2005-Jun-05

Shari Lewis

Shari Lewis

aquegg, 09/17/06

aquegg, 09/17/06

   

Lyrics

Some folks see the world as a stone
Concrete daubed in dull monotone
Your heart is the big box of paints
And others, the canvas we're dealt
Your heart is the big box of paints
How coloured the flowers all smelled
As they huddled there, in petalled prayer
They told me this, as I knelt there
Awaken you dreamers
Adrift in your beds
Balloons and streamers
Decorate the inside of your heads
Please let some out
Do it today
But don't let the loveless ones sell you
A world wrapped in grey
Some folks pull this life like a weight
Drab and dragging dreams made of slate
Your heart is the big box of paints
And others, the canvas we're dealt
Your heart is the big box of paints
Just think how the old masters felt, they call...
Awaken you dreamers
Asleep at your desks
Parrots and lemurs
Populate your unconscious grotesques
Please let some out
Do it today
Don't let the loveless ones sell you
A world wrapped in grey
And in the very least you can
Stand up naked and
Grin

© 1992 Virgin Music (Publishers) Ltd.


Chords and Tablature

Date: Sat, 07 Oct 2000 23:49:27 -0400
From: "Eric T. Lewis" <grouchos (at) foto dot infi dot net>
Subject: Wrapped in Gray Transcr. Change
Message-ID: <39DFEEC6.68A46C83 (at) foto dot infi dot net>


I like "Kevin's" transcription but I suggest a simpler approach to the
chorus, as follows:

Gb                Bbm / F
Awaken you dreamers

Ebm                D     (then G/D)
Adrift in your beds...

Play the last two chords from the lower inversion,
that is, A D Gb / D then B D G / D
Try that out and see if it floats yer boat.
Great song!

Date: Sat, 19 Feb 2000 09:43:42 EST
From: GnrlKrull (at) aol dot com
Subject: Chords for Wrapped In Grey
Message-ID: <7f.e7e164.25e0061e (at) aol dot com>

wrapped in grey
by XTC

[|: 3/4 F#m/D   E/C# | F#m/D   E/C# |F#m/D   G/E F#m/D | E/C#  |     :|]
  some      folks     see          the      world      as    a              stone
          con          crete    daubed   in        dull          mo  no
  tone

| Bm     |                 | C#m         |               |
     your heart is a big box of paints

| D         |                     | C#m               | C#m/G#  |
       and others, the canvas we're dealt

| Bm     |                 | C#m         |               |
     your heart is a big box of paints

| D         |                        | E                |
 |
      how coloured the flowers all smelt as they

| D             |               | C            |                     | Bb        |
            | G        |           |
  huddled there, in petalled prayer they told me this, as i knelt there

|F#m/D     E/C# | F#m/D     E/C# | F#m/D     G/E F#m/D | E/C# | F |

[|: F#   |                     | Fm           |     | Ebm   |
| D     |      :|]
           awaken you dreamers                   adrift in your beds
     balloons and streamers decorate the inside of your heads

            | C#           |      | Ebm   |       |
please let some out do it today

      | Fm                |                          |  /C#         |
                     |
but don't let the loveless ones sell you a world wrapped in

[|: F#m/D   E/C# | F#m/D   E/C# |F#m/D   G/E F#m/D | E/C#  |     :|]
     grey
    some     folks      pull         this     life             like a
weight
    drab       and       drag       ging    dreams    made of       slate
| Bm     |                 | C#m         |               |
     your heart is a big box of paints

| D         |                     | C#m               | C#m/G#  |
       and others, the canvas we're dealt

| Bm     |                 | C#m         |               |
     your heart is a big box of paints

| D         |                           | E                 |
     |
        just think how the old masters felt, they call

[|: F#   |                        | Fm           |     | Ebm   |
      | D     |     :|]
              awaken you dreamers                  asleep at your desks
              parrots and lemurs populate your unconscious grotesques

            | C#           |      | Ebm   |       |
please let some out do it today

      | Fm                |                          |  /C#         |
                     |
but don't let the loveless ones sell you a world wrapped in

| F#m/D   E/C# | F#m/D   E/C# |F#m/D   G/E F#m/D | 4/4 E/C#               |
grey
                              and in the

| D                              | E                                  | F        |}
very least you can stand up naked and grin

Date: Tue, 23 Jul 1996 17:57:06 -0400
From: Kevin <KB305 (at) aol dot com>
Subject: one more time
Message-ID: <960723175703_244054811 (at) emout16 dot mail dot aol dot com>

Wrapped in Grey

voicings: Dmaj7 x5422x
        Cmaj7 x3200x
        A/C# (add 2) x4220x

Dmaj7 Cmaj7  Dmaj7  Cmaj7 Dmaj7      A/C# add2
Some  folks  see    the   world as a stone
Concrete daubed in dull monotone

Bm                C#m
Your heart is the big box of paints
Dmaj7           C#sus        C#
And others, the canvas we're dealt
Bm                C#m
Your heart is the big box of paints
Dmaj7            Esus9       E
How coloured the flowers all smelled
        D6                Cmaj7
As they huddled there, in petalled prayer
     Bbmaj7           G
They told me this, as I knelt there

Dmaj7 Cmaj7  Dmaj7  Cmaj7 Dmaj7      A/C# add2   C#aug

Gb         Gbmaj7/Bb (6x466x) or (6x667x)
Awaken you dreamers
Ebm            Dmaj7
Adrift in your beds
Gb           Gbmaj7/Bb
Balloons and streamers
            Ebm             Dmaj7
Decorate the inside of your heads
       Dbsus
Please let some out
Ebm7
Do it today
    Db/F                        Dbsus
But don't let the loveless ones sell you
     Db                    Dmaj7 Cmaj7  Dmaj7  Cmaj7 Dmaj7      A/C# add2
A world wrapped in grey

Some folks pull this life like a weight
Drab and dragging dreams made of slate
Your heart is the big box of paints
And others, the canvas we're dealt
Your heart is the big box of paints
Just think how the old masters felt, they call...
Awaken you dreamers
Asleep at your desks
Parrots and lemurs
Populate your unconscious grotesques
Please let some out
Do it today
Don't let the loveless ones sell you
                                 Dmaj7 Cmaj7  Dmaj7  Cmaj7 Dmaj7      A
A world wrapped in grey
           Dm
And in the very least you can
C/E
Stand up naked and
Ab9#11 (??) (x,11,x,11,11,10)
Grin

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