XTC - Human Alchemy Lyrics

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An alchemy, human alchemy
We stole them from their freedom to be sold
To turn their skins of black into the skins
Of brightest gold
An alchemy, human alchemy

We stoked the fires of trade with human coals
And made our purses from the flailed skins of
Purest souls
An alchemy, human alchemy

Other lands became a larder full of all the good things
All we had to do was go and take
Blood the colour rain that grew our wicked harvest
Black the colour icing on our cake
An alchemy, human alchemy

We stole their babes and mothers, chiefs and braves
Although we held the whip, you knew we were
The real slaves
To alchemy, human alchemy

Alchemy, human alchemy
Track Listing
12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Beating of Hearts
  • 2 Wonderland
  • 3 Love on a Farmboy’s Wages
  • 4 Great Fire
  • 5 Deliver Us From the Elements
  • 6 Human Alchemy
  • 7 Ladybird
  • 8 In Loving Memory of a Name
  • 9 Me and the Wind
  • 10 Funk Pop a Roll


  • Credits
    publisher: ©Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
    writers: Andy Partridge
    album: Track 6 in album Mummer
    release date: 1983-8-30
    popularity : 57 users have visited this page.
    genres: Rock Pop
    styles: Pop Rock/Alternative Rock/Psychedelic Rock
    length: 5:11
    remixer: Phil Thornalley, XTC and Alex Sadkin
    producer: Steve Nye and XTC
    drums: Peter Phipps
    lead vocals: Andy Partridge
    mixer: Steve Nye
    recorded by: Steve Nye
    composer: Andy Partridge
    lyricist: Andy Partridge
    Album Information
    label: Virgin
    country(area): United Kingdom
    format: 12" Vinyl
    script: Latin