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"Paper and Iron (Notes and Coins)" is a song by Andy Partridge. It appeared on the 1980 album Black Sea.

A live version appeared on the 2002 Coat of Many Cupboards box set.

QuotesEdit

Andy (on the live version): “By now, we're pummeling out the Black Sea numbers live, with worrying violence. The gig machine was at its Zenith of Crunch. Brutal seemed to be the password. My attempts to connect with the audience largely came out wrong, as in the pre-amble here. It sounds like the sort of thing my dad might say over an apocalyptic, bad tempered Sunday lunch.

“This is the one live number that had the band wanting to pass out. Singing the continuous round at the end, ‘working for paper and for iron’, left everyone feeling sick and dizzy for lack of oxygen.”

LyricsEdit

Paper, iron, won't buy Eden

working for paper and for iron

work for the right to keep my tie on

working for paper and for iron

work for the unicorn and lion


I pray the kids aren't starving

no chicken for the Sunday carving

I'll stay for one more farthing


I take home my notes and coins every week

I'm told I'm worth much more

but the Church says turn the other cheek

the other cheek


Paper, iron, won't buy Eden

working for paper and for iron

work for the right to keep my tie on

working for paper and for iron

work for the unicorn and lion


I know the family needs me

can't moan, the factory feeds me

won't bite the hand that bleeds me


I take home my notes and coins every week

I'll inherit the earth I'm told

but the Church says to remain this meek

remain this meek


I'm still a proud man

Won't show anybody else my wage

a blend in the crowd man

is this anybody's golden age

is this anybody's golden age

is this anybody's golden age

or am I dreaming of a golden cage


La la lo it's paper

la la lo it's iron

la la lo just paper

la la lo just iron

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