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"Mayor of Simpleton" is a song by Andy Partridge. It apeared on and was released as a single for the 1989 album Oranges & Lemons. It was a minor hit, the first XTC single to reach the US Hot 100.

QuotesEdit

Andy: “This went through a lot of different changes before we finally hit on the Byrdsy approach.”

Dave: “It was a whole new experience for us making this record. We spent five months in Hollywood. Lots of fun.”

Andy: “This started out as a reggae thing, sad and forlorn. Then I scrapped that and rewrote it and hit on this chiming, droning musical figure. It fitted better the lyrical idea that you don't need vast academics to be a feeling individual. Emotion is worth more than bits of paper.”[1]

ChartsEdit

Year Single Chart Position
1989 "The Mayor of Simpleton" Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 15
1989 "The Mayor of Simpleton" Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 1
1989 "The Mayor of Simpleton" Billboard Hot 100 72
1989 "The Mayor of Simpleton" UK Singles 46

LyricsEdit

Never been near a university,

never took a paper or a learned degree,

and some of your friends think that's stupid of me,

but it's nothing that I care about.


Well I don't know how to tell the weight of the sun,

and of mathematics well I want none,

and I may be the Mayor of Simpleton,

but I know one things and that's I love you

When their logic grows cold and all thinking gets done,

you'll be warm in the arms of the Mayor of Simpleton.


I can't have been there when brains were handed round

(please be upstanding for the Mayor of Simpleton),

or get past the cover of your books profound

(please be upstanding for the Mayor of Simpleton),

and some of your friends thinks it's really unsound

that you're ever seen talking to me


Well I don't know how to write a big hit song,

and all crossword puzzles well I just shun,

and I may be the Mayor of Simpleton,

but I know one thing and that's I love you


I'm not proud of the fact that I never learned much,

just feel I should say,

what you get is all real, I can't put on an act,

it takes brains to do that anyway

(And anyway...)


And I can't unravel riddles, problems and puns,

how the home computer has me on the run,

and I may be the Mayor of Simpleton,

but I know one thing and that's I love you

(I love you)


If depth of feeling is a currency (please be upstanding for the Mayor of Simpleton),

then I'm the man who grew the money tree

(no chain of office and no hope of getting one),

some of your friends are too brainy to see

that they're paupers and that's how they'll stay


Well I don't know how many pounds make up a ton

of all the Nobel prizes that I've never won,

and I may be the Mayor of Simpleton,

but I know one things and that's I love you

When all logic grows cold and all thinking gets done,

you'll be warm in the arms of the Mayor of Simpleton

You'll be warm in the arms of the Mayor of Simpleton

You'll be warm in the arms of the Mayor

(Please be upstanding for the Mayor of Simpleton)

VideosEdit

PromoEdit

Promo video for "Mayor of Simpleton." Uploaded by YouTube user "pservin69."


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