Books Are Burning



writers: Andy Partridge
album: Track 17 in album Nonsuch
release date: 1992-4-1
popularity : 6 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

Cover Art

Xtc Nonsuch cover art


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Books are burning
The first eating the text
In the still air
People are next
Doesn't matter what it said
Key to the larder for your heart and head
In our own town, watch us turn 'round
Books are burning
Smell of burnt book is not unlike human hair
Beyond the gauge of good or bad
Above the violence of the fearful and sad
Anoints in ignorance with gasoline
Grows fat by breathing in the smoke of dreams
Books are burning
You boys will tire of these games
I hope somehow, this will allow


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