"The Rotary" is a dub experiment by Andy Partridge, based on the track "Helicopter." It appeared on Andy's 1980 dub LP Take Away / The Lure of Salvage, later on the 1990 collection Explode Together: The Dub Experiments 78-80.


Andy: “My favourite track from the album is possibly ‘Rotary’ which is improvised singing / yelling over stripped down ‘Helicopter’.”


I'm warning you, I'm warning you now

Look out below, and watch the holy cow

It's the rotary

I told you not to spin your top

Unless the magic marbles drop because

The rotary

It's in, the rotary, the rotary, oh

Heard you got a top

It's a brand-new spinning top

Well, that's out, this is the rotary, the rotary

This is a thing that's definitely gonna make

Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band look bad!

I thought they held a debate but i'm talking to you about

The rotary

People would they come approaching

Twirling Twirling Twirling Twirling

The rotary

You can jump in, I can jump in, everybody can jump in

Rollin' armadillo, taking home


The rotary The rotary The rotary The rotary

It's the thing that's for me and you, ooh ooh, the rotary

I can see them, precision and lining up

For their number, they're going crazy, they can't get enough of

The rotary, yes-sir-ree, the Ro-ta-ry

Turning Turning Turning Turning Twirling Twirling Twirling

They're all burning up burning up burning burning burning

with the rotary

Yesiree, the rotary

I shouldn't want you to get this confused with any other dance club because

this is the one

The rotary

You'll be burning all your clothes and you'll be burning all of your jewelry

You'll be the rotary

It's something like anarchy, yesiree, it's the rotary

the rotary the rotary the rotary the rotary R-O-T-A-R-Y Rotary the rotary

You wanna do it, do it with me

You wanna do it, do it for free

The rotary

Go ahead Terry, play the rotary

How d'ya think [he/it] got the second half of [his/it's] name?

Terry is the last bit of Ro-tary


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