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"Rook" is a song by Andy Partridge. It appeared on the 1992 album Nonsuch.

The demo appeared on Andy's Fuzzy Warbles Volume 5 in 2004.

QuotesEdit

Andy: “I was frozen with writers block. Then suddenly this song came out. I was really frightened. I mean, I couldn't even finish the demo because I was in tears. It felt like seeing yourself in a mirror and recognising your own mortality. Maybe it's something in the chord changes. I don't understand the lyrics, which is rather exciting.”

Andy (on the demo): “There is a more primitive demo of this with acoustic guitar only, the instrument it was written on, but this fleshed out piano version from 6th Sept. 1990 was the one that literally reduced me to tears. One of the few times in my songwriting life where I've genuinely surprised myself, a great occurrence when it comes along, but one you obviously can't plan for. Inspiration doesn't come by the glass unfortunately.”

LyricsEdit

Rook, rook

Read from your book

Who murders who and where is the treasure hid?

Crow, crow

Spill all you know

Is that my name on the bell?


Rook, rook

Gaze in the brook

If there's a secret can I be part of it?

Crow, crow

Before I'll let go, say is that my name on the bell?


Soar up high, see the semaphore from the washing lines

Break the code of the whispering chimneys and traffic signs

Where's the message that's written under the base of clouds?

Plans eternal, I know you know, so don't blurt out loud


Rook, rook

By hook or by crook

I'll make you tell me what this whole thing's about!

Crow, crow

Why can't you show

If that's my name on the bell?


On the wings of night, I fly too, above field and stream

My head bursting with knowledge 'till I wake from the dream

If I die and I find that I had a soul inside

Promise me that you'll take it up on its final ride


Rook, rook

Gaze in the brook

If there's a secret can I be part of it?

Crow, crow

Before I'll let go, say is that my name on the bell?

Is that my name on the bell?

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