Who Sang When You’re Near Me I Have Difficulty? XTC

XTC Drums and Wires cover art
Release information
Writer(s): A. Partridge
Release Date: 1979-8-17
Genre: Electronic Rock
Style: Pop Rock/New Wave/Post-Punk
length: 3:22
producer: Steve Lillywhite
lead vocals: Andy Partridge
electric guitar: Dave Gregory and Andy Partridge
background vocals: Colin Moulding
drums (drum set): Terry Chambers
bass guitar: Colin Moulding
Lyrics
When you're near me I have difficulty respirating
When you're near me I have difficulty concentrating
When you're near me I have difficulty standing upright
When you're near me I have difficulty sleeping at night

I used to stand proud like a sphinx
In a noble immovable state
Then your heart nailed me under a jinx
Now I'm feeling like a jellyfish
Just a spineless wobbly jellyfish
And it's great, great, so great

I used to stand high like a pine
Just a piece of emotionless wood
When you put your body near mine
Now I'm feeling like a jellyfish
And it's good, good, so good
I used to be an iceman
Living in iceman town
So I'm warning all you cool cool icemen
You'd better be prepared to be melted right down,down
When you're near me I have difficulty

Tracklist
12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Making Plans for Nigel
  • 2 Helicopter
  • 3 Day in Day Out
  • 4 When You’re Near Me I Have Difficulty
  • 5 Ten Feet Tall
  • 6 Roads Girdle the Globe
  • 7 Real by Reel
  • 8 Millions
  • 9 That Is the Way
  • 10 Outside World
  • 11 Scissor Man
  • 12 Complicated Game
    7" Vinyl 2
  • 1 Chain of Command
  • 2 Limelight

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