"Seagulls Screaming Kiss Her, Kiss Her" is a song by Andy Partridge. It appeared on the 1984 album The Big Express.

A live in-studio version, for BBC, appeared on Drums and Wireless, later on the 1998 Transistor Blast box set.

The demo appeared on Andy's Fuzzy Warbles Volume 7 in 2006.


Andy: “. . . the first song I'd ever composed on a keyboard using two hands.”

Andy: “Yeah, well, we used lots of sampled sounds and messed with them in ways. Like all the little bits of percussion on ‘Seagulls Screaming’ are all things like milk bottles, thumb pianos. . . all odd natural things, like Pyrex dishes, plates, just stuff that was in the kitchen, struck.”

Andy (on the BBC session): “Really primitive; the first song I ever wrote on keyboard. I think the version on Big Express is slightly better, but this is pretty good.”

Andy (on the demo): “Thought this demo would be perfect right here. She's the one the seagulls are urging me to kiss, which I never did until 1993. It's the first tune I ever learned to play with two hands on the keyboard, in this case a Mellotron. Recorded on a 4 track cassette in my back bedroom, the one that had the dripping basin. I have to say I was pleased as Mr Punch with its lyrics and convoluted structure. Seasidechedelic.”


It's raining on the beach

She inches close but out of reach

The waves look painted on

Seagulls screaming

The sea is warship grey

It whispers “Fool!” then slides away

Black coastline slumbers on

Seagulls screaming kiss her, kiss her

And all the flags that flap on the pier

Spell why on earth do you want

The fog hides much but one thing is clear

She's nearer

Dead deck chairs under shrouds

And life belts gape like minstrel mouths

Her hair still smells of salt

Seagulls screaming kiss her, kiss her

Kiss her, kiss her, kiss her, kiss her

He who hesitates is lost

If you want her, you should tell her

Take her by the hand

If you wait, November wins her

She returns to sand      If you hesitate

November will win her

So get ahold of the girl

I say I like your coat

Her thank-you tugs my heart afloat

I nearly didn't hear for

Seagulls screaming kiss her, kiss her

He who hesitates is lost

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