XTC - The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead Lyrics

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Let's begin

Peter Pumpkinhead came to town
Spreading wisdom and cash around
Fed the starving and housed the poor
Showed the Vatican what gold's for

But he made too many enemies
Of the people who would keep us on our knees
Hooray for Peter Pumpkin
Who'll pray for Peter Pumpkinhead?
Oh my!

Peter Pumpkinhead fooled them all
Emptied churches and shopping malls
When he spoke, it would raise the roof
Peter Pumpkinhead told the truth

But he made too many enemies
Of the people who would keep us on our knees
Hooray for Peter Pumpkin
Who'll pray for Peter Pumpkinhead?
Oh my!

Peter Pumpkinhead put to shame
Governments who would slur his name
Plots and sex scandals failed outright
Peter merely said
Any kind of love is alright

But he made too many enemies
Of the people who would keep us on our knees
Hooray for Peter Pumpkin
Who'll pray for Peter Pumpkinhead?

Peter Pumpkinhead was too good
Had him nailed to a chunk of wood
He died grinning on live TV
Hanging there he looked a lot like you
And an awful lot like me!

But he made too many enemies
Of the people who would keep us on our knees
Hooray for Peter Pumpkin
Who'll pray for Peter Pumpkinhead?

Hooray for Peter Pumpkin
Who'll pray for Peter Pumpkin
Hooray for Peter Pumpkinhead
Oh my oh my oh!
Don't it make you want to cry, oh

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 1 in album Nonsuch
    release date: 1992-4-1
    popularity : 80 users have visited this page.
    genres: Rock Pop
    styles: Power Pop/Psychedelic Rock
    length: 5:01
    producer: Gus Dudgeon
    guest drums: Dave Mattacks
    mixer: Nick Davis
    bass guitar: Colin Moulding
    electric guitar & tambourine & harmonica: Andy Partridge
    other instruments & electric guitar & Hammond organ: Dave Gregory
    other vocals & lead vocals: Andy Partridge
    other vocals: Gus Dudgeon and Dave Gregory
    Album Information
    label: Virgin Japan
    country(area): Japan
    format: CD
    barcode: 4988037014565
    script: Latin