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"Burning with Optimism's Flames" is a song by Andy Partridge. It appeared on the 1980 album Black Sea.

A live version appeared on BBC Radio 1 Live in Concert, later on the 1998 Transistor Blast box set.

Another live version appeared as the B-side to the "Love on a Farmboy's Wages" 12" single.

QuotesEdit

Andy (on the BBC Radio 1 version): “I didn't get to play the intro... properly tonight as some one threw a jumper at me, the distracting ‘dreadful knitwear’ in question. Dave's having Fender fun, how the hell he sneaked in that perky run after the line... ‘Littlest finger’, I'll never know. By the time we get to the ‘Every bird and bee’ middle bit I'm smiling so hard I can hardly sing.”

LyricsEdit

Never seen her glowing

all that bright she's throwing

like some aurora

from her head it's growing

reaching to the ground and all around

like a Navaho blanket


Never heard her singing

now she's gently ringing

like copper wind chimes

what on earth is bringing up this stream

the cat who got the cream is licking her lips

and smiling like her Cheshire cousin

She claims she's found a way to make her own light

all you do is smile, you banish the night


She says she's burning with optimism's flames, away away

she says she's burning up all her guilts and shames, away away

she says she's burning with optimism's flames, away away

she says she's burning up


Now you see I'm smiling

back to juvenile'ing

I learnt her lesson

in like flint and styling

all the world is neatly curled around my littlest finger


I can't stop this grinning

so assume I'm winning

threw pessimism

in the air it's spinning

crashing to the floor and nevermore

will it lure me away with sweets

and shiny things just like a magpie

She claims she's found a way to make her own light

all you do is smile, you banish the night


She says she's burning with optimism's flames, away away

she says she's burning up all her guilts and shames, away away

she says she's burning with optimism's flames, away away

she says she's burning up


Now every bird and bee just fuel the fire for me

now every closing door just fans the flames some more


(Now I'm thinking okay)

(I'm turning night into day)

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