Who Sang Paper and Iron (Notes and Coins)? XTC

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Release information
Writer(s): Partridge
Release Date: 1980-9-12
Genre: Electronic Rock
Style: Alternative Rock/New Wave
length: 4:17
producer: Steve Lillywhite
lead vocals: Andy Partridge
engineer: Hugh Padgham
Lyrics
Paper, iron, won't buy Eden
Working for paper and for iron
Work for the right to keep my tie on
Working for paper and for iron
Work for the unicorn and lion

I pray the kids aren't starving
No chicken for the Sunday carving
I'll stay for one more farthing

I take home my notes and coins every week
I'm told I'm worth much more
But the Church says turn the other cheek
The other cheek
Paper, iron, won't buy Eden.

I know the family needs me
Can't moan, the factory feeds me
Won't bite the hand that bleeds me

I take home my notes and coins every week
I'll inherit the earth I'm told
But the Church says to remain this meek
Remain this meek
I'm still a proud man.
Won't show anybody else my wage
A blend in the crowd man
Is this anybody's golden age
Is this anybody's golden age
Is this anybody's golden age
Or am I dreaming of a golden cage

La la lo it's paper
La la lo it's iron
La la lo just paper
La la lo just iron

Tracklist
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