Who Sang Burning With Optimism’s Flames? XTC

XTC Black Sea cover art
Release information
Writer(s): Partridge
Release Date: 1980-9-12
Genre: Electronic Rock
Style: Alternative Rock/New Wave
length: 4:16
producer: Steve Lillywhite
lead vocals: Andy Partridge
engineer: Hugh Padgham
Never seen her glowing
All that bright she's throwing
Like some aurora
From her head it's growing
Reaching to the ground and all around
Like a Navajo blanket

Never heard her singing
Now she's gently ringing
Like copper wind chimes
What on earth is bringing up this stream
The cat who got the cream is licking her lips
And smiling like her Cheshire cousin
She claims she's found a way to make her own light
All you do is smile, you banish the night

She says she's burning with optimism's flames, away away
She says she's burning up all her guilts and shames, away away
She says she's burning with optimism's flames, away away
She says she's burning up

Now you see I'm smiling
Back to juvenile'ing
I learnt her lesson
In like flint and styling
All the world is neatly curled around my littlest finger

I can't stop this grinning
So assume I'm winning
Threw pessimism
In the air it's spinning
Crashing to the floor and nevermore
Will it lure me away with sweets
And shiny things just like a magpie

Now every bird and bee just fuel the fire for me
Now every closing door just fans the flames some more

(Now I'm thinking okay)
(I'm turning night into day)

12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Respectable Street
  • 2 Generals and Majors
  • 3 Living Through Another Cuba
  • 4 Love at First Sight
  • 5 Rocket From a Bottle
  • 6 No Language in Our Lungs
  • 7 Towers of London
  • 8 Paper and Iron (Notes and Coins)
  • 9 Burning With Optimism’s Flames
  • 10 Sgt. Rock (Is Going to Help Me)
  • 11 Travels in Nihilon

  • Release information
    label: Virgin
    country(area): United Kingdom
    format: 12" Vinyl
    script: Latin