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"Playground" is a song by Andy Partridge. It appeared on the 2002 album Wasp Star (Apple Venus Volume 2). It is the first and only song to feature Andy's daughter, Holly, who provides vocals.

The demo appeared on the Wasp Star companion demo album, Homegrown.

An instrumental version appeared on the Wasp Star instrumental album, Waspstrumental.

QuotesEdit

Andy: “Is it instinctive that young kids at school behave just as good, bad and ugly as they do in the big square grown up world. Summed up in the last line ‘you may leave school, but it never leaves you’.”

LyricsEdit

I climb up, spending daylight

Slide down bankrupt on the other side

Some sweet girl playing my wife

Runs off with a boy

whose bike she'll ride


Playground, it's a playground

Marked by the masters

And bruised by the bullies in the

Playground, every day ground

Never stop rehearsing

Rehearsing for the big square world


Bells will ring, door flies open

Hare and Greyhound

in the old kiss chase

You've been caught, game is ended

Smack on kisser from her slap on face


Playground, it's a playground

Marked by the masters

And bruised by the bullies in the

Playground, every day ground

Never stop rehearsing

Rehearsing for the big square world


Watch the leaves all tear away

One by one

Leaving you but lined like an exercise book

What did your report once say?

Know the one?

This boy must try harder to please

from down on his knees


Playground, playground

Careful what you say ground

Playground, playground

Gonna make you pay ground


Brain gets bent, heart gets broken

You can't jump off once the pages turn

School is out but never over

That's the only lesson you can learn


Playground, it's a playground

Marked by the masters

And bruised by the bullies in the

Playground, every day ground

Never stop rehearsing

Rehearsing for the big square

Playground, it's a playground

You're for the high jump

If you let 'em push you in the

Playground, every day ground

There's no escaping,

Escaping from their big square world


You may leave school but it never leaves you

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