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"All You Pretty Girls" is a song by Andy Partridge. It appeared on and was released as a single for the 1984 album The Big Express. It reached no. 55 on the UK Singles chart.

The home demo appeared on the 2002 Coat of Many Cupboards box set.

Singles tracklistingEdit

7" singleEdit

  1. A-side: "All You Pretty Girls (extended fade)" 3:56
  2. B-side: "Washaway" 3:04 (Colin Moulding)

12" singleEdit

  1. A-side: "All You Pretty Girls (extended fade)"
  2. B-side 1: "Washaway"
  3. B-side 2: "Red Brick Dream"

USA 12" singleEdit

  1. A-side: "All You Pretty Girls"
  2. B-side 1: "Wake Up" (Moulding)
  3. B-side 2: "Shake You Donkey Up"

Canada 12" singleEdit

  1. A-side: "All You Pretty Girls"
  2. B-side: "Shake You Donkey Up"

QuotesEdit

Andy (on the home demo): “When, for the Mummer album, we cut the first two tracks, ‘Beating of Hearts’ and ‘Wonderland’, we used Genetic Studios near Reading. In the high tech gloom sat a Linndrum. This was the first time we'd seen one of these beasts and Terry Chambers shrank in horror. It was a good quality, programmable drum machine with sampled sounds. It was the future, but only for a few years. Nevertheless, I wanted one.

“Now with Terry gone to soak up the Aussie sun, and our pastoral quiet Mummer done and gone too, it was time to treat ourselves to one. I fancied cranking up the electric guitars once again for Big Express and this steel plate and rivetted Robo Ringo seemed to mesh quite nicely with the sound of my Squier Telecaster.

“So here I am dicking about with playing in a Hendrix rhythm style and out sails another bloody oceanic opus. My empty back bedroom housed another newish toy, our Mellotron, which you can hear straining away regally and making those psychedelic melting sounds courtesy of its pitch wheel. Which for the uninitiated, simply slows the speed of the motor, connected to the big rubber band which drags sections of tape across a lot of playback heads to make that sound. (No, I'm not pulling your leg!)”

LyricsEdit

Do something for me, boys

If I should die at sea, boys

Write a little note, boys

Set it off afloat, saying


Bless you, bless you, all of you pretty girls

Village and city girls by the quayside

Bless you, bless you, all of you pretty girls

Watching and waiting by the sea


Bless you, bless you, all of you pretty girls

Quiet or witty girls by the quayside

Bless you, bless you, all of you pretty girls

Watching and waiting there for me


I think about your pale arms waving

When I see the caps upon the green

And the rocking roller-coaster ocean

Think about you every night when I'm fathoms asleep

And in my dreams

We are rocking in a similar motion


Bless you, bless you, all of you pretty girls

Village and city girls by the quayside

Bless you, bless you, all of you pretty girls

Watching and waiting by the sea


Bless you, bless you, all of you pretty girls

Quiet or witty girls by the quayside

Bless you, bless you, all of you pretty girls

Watching and waiting there for me


I think about the salt sea rolling

Down in pearly tears upon your cheeks

Just like the day the harbour pulled away

I think about your warm white sheets unfolding

The more I have to drink

The more that I can think to say


Do something for me, boys

If I should die at sea, boys

Write a little note, boys

Set it off afloat, saying


Bless you, bless you, all of you pretty girls

Village and city girls by the quayside

Bless you, bless you, all of you pretty girls

Watching and waiting by the sea


Bless you, bless you, all of you pretty girls

Quiet or witty girls by the quayside

Bless you, bless you, all of you pretty girls

Watching and waiting there for me

VideosEdit

PromoEdit

Promo video for "All You Pretty Girls." Uploaded by YouTube user "23Daves."

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