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"Ra Ra for Red Rocking Horse" is a song by Andy Partridge. It appeared on the 1987 home demo cassette collection Jules Verne's Sketchbook, then on Andy's Fuzzy Warbles Volume 2 in 2002.

A rehearsal version, "Ra Ra Rehearsal," also appears on Fuzzy Warbles Volume 2, placed just before the demo.

QuotesEdit

Andy: “An early number written for the batch that became SKYLARKING. Again, a bassless demo (I ran out of tracks!) and I don't really know what it means. I think Red Rocking Horse is XTC and our career. . . ‘Their poison inks behind me, at the bottom of the sea, and your criticism doesn't worry me, and I'll sing Ra Ra for Red Rocking Horse. . .’”

Andy: “So I did. Time has given me a better grasp of the gibberish. Red Rocking Horse is XTC. In fact I see the iron age Uffington Horse with a set of rockers added everytime I hear this. The band knew that emblem as ‘Dobbin’, he was all over the Settlement tour stage set. Bit wrong to have called myself ‘The Taped Crusader’ though, that mantle would probably have fitted Holger Czukay better.”

Andy (on the rehearsal): “It's June '85 and I'm purloining Dave's biscuits again. So..., I hadn't been well, a severe bout of Stratosphearitis had left me very...um... purple in the mind. Poor old Gregsy had to bang along on his parlour piano to an indecently daft idea I had. Despite a small Black Sea of tea and a veritable Nonsuch palace of custard creams, we couldn't quite get this psychedelic stringbag off the ground. Back to the drawing board, I'll work on it at home.”

LyricsEdit

Did you think you knew my game?

Did you think that fame and fortune's

All that I had in my head?

Bang you're dead

It's not a game I'm gonna play with you


Did you think I'm high and dried?

Did you think I'd hide from the

Tentacles of the deaf dumb and blind

Their poison inks behind me

At the bottom of the sea

And your criticism doesn't worry me

And I'll sing


Ra Ra for Red Rocking Horse

Ride on over all remorse

Ra Ra for Red Rocking Horse

Who won the course

Despite the fact that

No one backed him


Get out

Did you think you'd tied me up

Did you think that I would

Help but dance for your piece of paper

The taped crusader leaps in

licking all foes

Zap! Pow!


Did you think that I don't feel

Did you think that I'd simply heal up

After each ego beating

We can't go on meeting

Just once in every year

And in the meantime if we all stand up

And cheer, he'll appear

Ra Ra for Red Rocking Horse

Ride on over all remorse

Ra Ra for Red Rocking Horse

Who won the course

Despite the fact that

No one backed him


They all took their money out

And they laid it down, down

On the bright colored manes

They all took their money out

But they laid it down, down

On the different names to ours


Ra Ra for Red Rocking Horse

Ride on over all remorse

Ra Ra for Red Rocking Horse

Who won the course

Despite the fact that

No one backed him


Ra Ra for Red Rocking Horse

Ride on over all remorse

Ra Ra for Red Rocking Horse

Who won the course

Despite the fact

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