XTC - Books Are Burning Lyrics

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Books are burning
In the main square, and I saw there
The first eating the text
Books are burning
In the still air
And you know where they burn books
People are next
I believe the printed word should be forgiven
Doesn't matter what it said
Wisdom hotline from the dead back to the living
Key to the larder for your heart and head
Books are burning
In our own town, watch us turn 'round
And cast our glances elsewhere
Books are burning
In the playground
Smell of burnt book is not unlike human hair
I believe the printed word is more than sacred
Beyond the gauge of good or bad
The human right to let your soul fly free and naked
Above the violence of the fearful and sad
The church of matches
Anoints in ignorance with gasoline
The church of matches
Grows fat by breathing in the smoke of dreams
It's quite obscene
Books are burning
More each day now, and I pray now
You boys will tire of these games
Books are burning
I hope somehow, this will allow
A phoenix up from the flames
Track Listing
CD 1
  • 1 The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead
  • 2 My Bird Performs
  • 3 Dear Madam Barnum
  • 4 Humble Daisy
  • 5 The Smartest Monkeys
  • 6 The Disappointed
  • 7 Holly Up on Poppy
  • 8 Crocodile
  • 9 Rook
  • 10 Omnibus
  • 11 That Wave
  • 12 Then She Appeared
  • 13 War Dance
  • 14 Wrapped in Grey
  • 15 The Ugly Underneath
  • 16 Bungalow
  • 17 Books Are Burning


  • Credits
    publisher: ©BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT US, LLC
    writers: Andy Partridge
    album: Track 17 in album Nonsuch
    release date: 1992-4-1
    popularity : 70 users have visited this page.
    genres: Rock Pop
    styles: Power Pop/Psychedelic Rock
    length: 4:51
    producer: Gus Dudgeon
    mixer: Nick Davis
    electric guitar: Andy Partridge
    background vocals: Colin Moulding and Dave Gregory
    additional guest: Gus Dudgeon and Neville Farmer
    lead vocals & background vocals: Andy Partridge
    bass guitar: Colin Moulding
    guest tambourine & drums: Dave Mattacks
    electric guitar & synthesizer & Hammond organ: Dave Gregory
    composer: Andy Partridge
    lyricist: Andy Partridge
    Album Information
    label: Virgin Japan
    country(area): Japan
    format: CD
    barcode: 4988037014565
    script: Latin