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"Broomstick Rhythm" is a song by Andy Partridge. It appeared on the 1987 home demo cassette collection Jules Verne's Sketchbook, then on Andy's Fuzzy Warbles Volume 5 in 2004.

QuotesEdit

Andy: “Started in the BIG EXPRESS sessions. But never finished much to my disappointment (I'm really fond of the lyrics!). This home demo with its theme of seasons never found favour with Dave or Colin. (It took ‘Season Cycle’ to do that.)”

Andy: “We swept this around a bit for The Big Express album. Unfortunately nobody bristled with excitement so it was brushed off as being too big a whisk to put it on the record. The tremolo effect was achieved by plugging my guitar into an output of a cheap drum machine which, for some unexplained reason, produced a tempo-driven volume dipping thing. I like plugging stuff in the wrong holes, it's a hobby of mine.”

LyricsEdit

As you're sweeping

Autumn leaves up

You are sweeping

My fallen heart up with 'em

As you're sweeping

Autumn leaves up

You are sweeping

In swish-back broomstick rhythm


You're dressed in red

Your hair and head a brush of fire

To make leaves jealous or dead

Ordered to parade

Swayed by broomstick rhythm

Hey!


As you're sweeping

Winter snow up

They have fallen

For you so please forgive 'em

As you're sweeping

Winter snow up

You are sweeping

In swish-back broomstick rhythm


You're dressed in white

There is no fight only surrender

And an envy of you

melting drifts will rush

Brushed in broomstick rhythm

Hey! Hey!


As you're sweeping

Summer dust up

See it swirl

In homage making ribbons

As you're sweeping

Summer dust up

You are sweeping

In swish-back broomstick rhythm


You're dressed in blue

The sky and sun a hue more paler

Than the glow in your heart

I bask in your rays

Days of broomstick rhythm


As you're sweeping

Springtime rain up

You are sweeping

My tears up 'fore I live 'em

As you're sweeping

Springtime rain up

You are sweeping up

The dead remains

Of fears I had

About giving my heart

Away to somebody

For good

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