Books Are Burning Lyrics


writers: Andy Partridge
album: No. 17 track in album Nonsuch
release date: 1992-4-1
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length: 4:51
drums: Dave Mattacks
bass guitar: Colin Moulding
electric guitar: Andy Partridge, Dave Gregory
Hammond organ: Dave Gregory
synthesizer: Dave Gregory
tambourine: Dave Mattacks
guest instrument: Dave Mattacks
mix: Nick Davis
producer: Gus Dudgeon
background vocals: Andy Partridge, Dave Gregory, Colin Moulding
lead vocals: Andy Partridge
guest vocal: Neville Farmer, Gus Dudgeon
additional vocal: Neville Farmer, Gus Dudgeon

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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

  • 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