"The Man Who Sailed Around His Soul" is a song by Andy Partridge. It appeared on the 1986 album Skylarking.

The demo appeared on Andy's Fuzzy Warbles Volume 6 in 2004.

A promo video was filmed for TV show The Tube.


Andy: “. . . ‘The Man Who Sailed’ initially was a folk thing with acoustic guitar interweaving, but Todd wrote a brass arrangement for it. It has since come out as a cross between Bobby Darin's ‘Mack the Knife’ and Lena Horne's ‘Fever’! It's sort of a big band number.”

Andy (on the demo): “The Holy Grill of some XTC demo collectors (bet you wished you hadn't bothered now!?) Didn't know whether this would make Skylarking so I never made an effort with the lyrics. When I did finish them, I think they turned out probably my favourite song words I'd ever written. I don't travel much these days. I'm more the man who sallied around his soil.”


The man who sailed around his soul

From East to West, from pole to pole

With ego as his drunken captain

Greed, the mutineer, had trapped all reason in the hold

The man who walked across his heart

Who took no compass, guide or chart

To rope and tar his blood congealed

When he found his self revealed ugly and cold

And the sirens that sing

By your nose with its ring

They'll drag you in

For your sins

Now he sits all alone

And it's no place like home

It's empty skin

A bag to keep life's souvenirs in

The man who sailed around his soul

The man who sailed around his soul

The man who sailed around his soul

Came back again to find a hole

Where once he thought compassion and the truth

Had laid to warm his freezing carcass on return

The man who walked across his heart

Was doomed to journey from the start

Of every love affair he'd broken

All the lies he'd ever spoken

Tattooed on his arm

And the jellyfish stings

Even angels with wings

Who look too deep

And dare to peep

Now he sits all alone

Knowing flesh blood and bone

Is everything

He found the treasure he'd been seeking

The man who sailed around his soul


The TubeEdit

Promo video for "The Man Who Sailed Around His Soul" on The Tube. Uploaded by YouTube user "lokrume04."

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