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"Making Plans for Nigel" is a song written by Colin Moulding. It appeared on the 1979 album Drums And Wires. It is one of the most populer XTC songs written by Colin.

In Japan the song is known as "Bear Up Nigel."

A promo film was shot featuring Andy Partridge, dressed in clown makeup, forcing the titular Nigel into a job he wants no part of.

A live version was released in 1998 on the Transistor Blast box set.

XTC appeared on the U.K. T.V. show Top of the Pops twice lipsyncing this track.

Single TracklistingEdit

SingleEdit

  1. A-side: "Making Plans for Nigel" 4:13 (Moulding)
  2. B-side 1: "Bushman President (Homo Safari No. 2)" 3:10 (Andy Partridge)
  3. B-side 2: "Pulsing, Pulsing" 1:36 (Partridge)

Holland singleEdit

  1. A-side: "Making Plans for Nigel"
  2. B-side: "Outside World" (Partridge)

France singleEdit

  1. A-side: "Making Plans for Nigel"
  2. B-side: "Life Begins at the Hop"

Australia, Japan singleEdit

  1. A-side: "Making Plans for Nigel"
  2. B-side 1: "Are You Receiving Me? (live)" (Partridge)
  3. B-side 2: "This is Pop? (live)" (Partridge)
Japan single has the b-sides in reverse order

US singleEdit

  1. A-side: "Making Plans for Nigel"
  2. B-side 1: "This is Pop? (single version)"
  3. B-side 2: "Meccanik Dancing (Oh We Go!)"

Promo singleEdit

  1. A-side: "Making Plans for Nigel"
  2. B-side: "Making Plans for Nigel (mono)"

Old Gold UK singleEdit

  1. A-side: "Making Plans for Nigel"
  2. B-side: "Senses Working Overtime (single edit)" 4:33 (Partridge)

LyricsEdit

We're only making plans for Nigel

We only want what's best for him

We're only making plans for Nigel

Nigel just needs this helping hand


And if young Nigel says he's happy

He must be happy

He must be happy in his work


We're only making plans for Nigel

He has his future in a British steel

We're only making plans for Nigel

Nigel's whole future is as good as sealed


And if young Nigel says he's happy

He must be happy

He must be happy in his work


Nigel is not outspoken

But he likes to speak

And loves to be spoken to

Nigel is happy in his work


We're only making plans for Nigel

We only want what's best for him

We're only making plans for Nigel

Nigel just needs this helping hand


And if young Nigel says he's happy

He must be happy

He must be happy in his work

VideosEdit

PromoEdit

Promo video for "Making Plans for Nigel." Uploaded by YouTube user "ecallender."

Top of the PopsEdit

Live on Top of the Pops. Uploaded by YouTube user "ferrari808."

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