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"Rip Van Ruben" is a song by Andy Partridge. It appeared on the 1991 XTC Music and Friends convention giveaway cassette Window Box, then as a B-side on the 1992 "Wrapped in Grey" CD-5 single.

LyricsEdit

Rip Van Ruben

You've been asleep for a hundred seconds

Now the whole world has changed

There's no home on the range

For Rip Van Ruben


You've been asleep for a hundred minutes

Now you've woke and she's gone

All alone in a dark new dawn

Sits Rip Van Ruben


Don't let it get you down

Hop on a tram and go up town

Watch a silent film

See the biplanes fly bye bye


Everything new and upside down

Pinching yourself through your dressing gown

Won't bring her back

But your bruise is real and black


Jump into bed and dream her back where she was

Dream your Frank L. Richards and this is the great

Land of Oz

When your alarm clock goes off

You will find that she has too!


Rip Van Ruben

You've been asleep for a hundred seconds

Now your whole world's turned round

And the house makes an empty sound for

Rip Van Ruben


Don't let it freak you out

You'll find another girl no doubt

And someday soon

Maybe man will reach the moon


Jump into bed and dream her back where she belongs

Dream your Fu Manchu and she's a slave to your tongs

When all the past evaporates

You will find that she has too


Rip Van Ruben

You've been asleep for a hundred seconds

Now you've woke and she's gone

Instant desserts just for one

Rip Van Ruben

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