"The Loving" is a song by Andy Partridge. It appeared on and was released as a single for the 1989 album Oranges & Lemons.

The demo appeared on Andy's Fuzzy Warbles Volume 8 in 2006.

Single tracklistingEdit

7" singleEdit

  1. A-side: "The Loving"
  2. B-side: "Cynical Days" (Colin Moulding)

12" singleEdit

  1. A-side: "The Loving"
  2. B-side 1: "Cynical Days"
  3. B-side 2: "The World is Full of Angry Young Men" (Moulding)

CS singleEdit

  1. A-side: "The Loving"
  2. B-side: "The World is Full of Angry Young Men"


Andy: “My first idea was if ‘the loving’ was a product in a box that you could buy. But it got watered down and the lyrics grew. Now it simply says that you need to give it and get it. We made the music grand and large to underscore that this means everybody. It's ‘All You Need Is Love’ in another form.”

Andy: “I wanted something anthemic like ‘All The Young Dudes’. The crowd's faked up with multi-tracking.”

Andy (on the demo): “Alright dear, I'll babysit Harry. We are in the kitchen. I'll use the time to work on a newey of mine, ‘The Loving’. I try to play quietly but of course baby Harry wakes. You can hear him gurgling just prior to the intro. He got his own back waking me up for the next few years. Love him.”


All around the world,

Every boy and every girl,

Need the loving

The humble and the great,

Even those we think we hate,

Need the loving

Soldiers of the Queen,

All the hard men that we've seen,

Need the loving

Babies at the breast,

Those in power and those suppressed,

Need the loving

Let's face it you just can't hide,

Your first taste'll send you reeling,

Like a firework to which we're tied,

Be prepared to go through your ceiling now

The loving's coming,

The loving's more than just an ad man's vision

The loving's strumming,

On your heart strings,

So loud that you can't help but listen

Sailors on the seas,

Or the clergy on their knees,

Need the loving

All the rich and poor,

Even those we fight at war,

Need the loving

That thing that we need most of,

That stuff we should try before we've died

Everyone is begging to be loved,

With a free gift, a working heart inside

The loving's coming,

The loving's advertised in all the papers

The loving's humming,

Your favourite song,

For once it won't annoy the neighbours

The loving, the loving

All round the world,

Every boy and every girl,

Need the loving

Cold-hearted or warm,

Every single person born,

Needs the loving

Way out there in space,

Think we'll find that alien race,

Needs the loving

And just to end the list,

Everything that could exist,

Needs the loving

The loving's coming!

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