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"25 O'Clock" is a song by Andy Partridge under the pseudonym "Sir John Johns." It appeared on The Dukes of Stratosphear 1985 debut EP 25 O'Clock and the 1987 compilation Chips from the Chocolate Fireball.

The demo appeared on Andy's Fuzzy Warbles Volume 2 in 2002.

They Might Be Giants covered the song on the XTC tribute album A Testimonial Dinner: The Songs of XTC.

QuotesEdit

Andy (on the demo): “Boy, do I have a soft spot for psychedelic singles. (No. . . you're kidding) What better than ‘I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night’ or ‘Get Me To The World On Time’ by the Electric Prunes. ‘My Friend Jack Eats Sugar Lumps’ by The Smoke, or Floyd's ‘See Emily Play.’ So did I burn to make an authentic sounding psychedelic record, that I actually contacted Gregsy in '78 (pre him being in the band) and suggested we moonlight together and do this project. Alas, time wasn't right and mostly I was too busy, away, fighting in the great new wave uprisings, to scratch my itch. By '84 I could want no longer, set phasing to stun.”

LyricsEdit

The urge to take you grows more strong

For time had made me wait too long

Each watch I smash apart

Just adding to my power

Each watch I smash apart

Just bringing near the hour


of 25 o'clock, that's when you're going to be mine

25 o'clock, we'll be together 'til the end of time

At 25 o'clock


The ticking seconds hear them call

My spell of hours will make you fall

Each timer that I break

Will halt the flowing sands

Each timer that I break

Will put you in my hands


At 25 o'clock, that's when you're going to be mine

25 o'clock, we'll be together 'til the end of time

At 25 o'clock


Each watch I smash apart

Just adding to my power

Each watch I smash apart

Just bringing near the hour

of 25 o'clock

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