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"Love on a Farmboy's Wages" is a song by Andy Partridge. It appeared on and was released as a single for the 1983 album Mummer. It reached no. 50 on the UK Singles chart.

A promo video was made for the XTC episode of Play at Home.

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

Single tracklistingEdit

7" doublepackEdit

  1. A-side: "Love on a Farmboy's Wages"
  2. B-side: "In Loving Memory of a Name" (Colin Moulding)
Plus bonus single
  1. A-side: "Desert Island"
  2. B-side: "Toys"

12" singleEdit

  1. A-side: "Love on a Farmboy's Wages"
  2. B-side 1: "Burning with Optimism's Flames (live)"
  3. B-side 2: "English Roundabout (live)" (Moulding)
  4. B-side 3: "Cut it Out (live)"

West Germany, Australia 7" singleEdit

  1. A-side: "Love on a Farmboy's Wages"
  2. B-side: "In Loving Memory of a Name"

QuotesEdit

Andy: “This track did for [Terry] Chambers. I wanted a sort of shuffly jazz rhythm, and he put his sticks down, said ‘That's it’, and walked out.” Colin: “You have to remember we'd stopped touring [in 1982] and Terry missed all that.”

Andy (on the home demo): “Well, I'd wigged out by now and was more than sick of touring, mentally and physically. So, using some money I'd saved from bits and pieces of performing rights society money (PRS), I got a mortgage on a house in the old town of Swindon. XTC never saw a penny from any of our thousands of live shows, but that's another tale I can't tell you because I've had a gagging order slapped on me by our first manager.

“Feeling confused about my future, I'd sit in the back garden, now I had one, and just write and write. One of the last acts this manager did for us was to buy Colin and myself a Portastudio each (for which we were duly recharged). But at last, we had a four track recording facility to capture our ideas on. This was one of the first things I recorded on it. We'd never really made demo recordings much before now, only if we'd been in a studio whilst making an album or unless someone had set up a makeshift facility, eg: Swindon Town Hall. But now we had a way of demonstrating how a song might sound with more than one instrument. Better than saying in noisy rehearsals ‘gather round, I've got a new one, just give me room to stamp and strum’.

“Terry claimed that this song is the one that convinced him to leave the band, we were actually working it up when he told us he was quitting. The songs were too weird, he said, he didn't like the poofy drumming.”

LyricsEdit

High climbs the summer sun

High stands the corn

And tonight when my work is done

We will borrow your father's carriage

We will drink and prepare for marriage

Soon my darling, soon my darling


Shilling for the fellow who brings the sheep in

Shilling for the fellow who milks the herd

Shilling for the fellow with a wife for keeping

How can we feed love on a farmboy's wages


Deep under winter snow

Deep lay the lambs

And tonight by the full moon's glow

Flask of wine on my feather bedding

We will drink and prepare for wedding

Soon my darling, soon my darling


Shilling for the fellow who brings the sheep in

Shilling for the fellow who milks the herd

Shilling for the fellow with a wife for keeping

How can we feed love on a farmboy's wages


People think that I'm no good

Painting pictures carving wood

Be a rich man if I could

But the only job I do well is here on the farm

On the farm

And it's breaking my back


We will borrow your father's carriage

We will drink and prepare for marriage

Soon my darling, soon my darling


Shilling for the fellow who brings the sheep in

Shilling for the fellow who milks the herd

Shilling for the fellow with a wife for keeping

How can we feed

Love on a farmboy's

Love on a farmboy's

Love on a farmboy's wages?

VideosEdit

PromoEdit

Promo video for "Love on a Farmboy's Wages." Uploaded by YouTube user "23Daves."

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