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"This World Over" is a song by Andy Partridge. It appeared on and was released as a single for the 1984 album The Big Express.

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

Single tracklistingEdit

7" singleEdit

  1. A-side: "This World Over (edit)"
  2. B-side: "Blue Overall"

12" singleEdit

  1. A-side: "This World Over"
  2. B-side: "Blue Overall"

France 12" singleEdit

  1. A-side 1: "This World Over"
  2. A-side 2: "Blue Over All" [sic]
  3. B-side 1: "Washaway" (Colin Moulding)
  4. B-side 2: "All You Pretty Girls"

QuotesEdit

Andy: “This track, in fact most of the [Big Express] album was written on an open-E tuning. The squeaky feedback noises are Stuart Gordon playing harmonics on a violin. I won an award for the sleeve design on this, but nobody sent it to me.”

LyricsEdit

Ah well, that's this world over

Ah well, next one begins


Will you smile like any mother

As you bathe your brand new twins?

Will you sing about the missiles

As you dry odd numbered limbs?


Ah well, that's this world over

Ah well, next one begins

Ah well, that's this world over

You sadly grin


Will you tell them about that far off and mythical land

About their leader with the famous face?

Will you tell them that the reason nothing ever grows

In the garden anymore

Because he wanted to win the craziest race

That's this world over


Will you smile like any father

With your children on a Sunday hike?

When you get to a sea of rubble

And they ask “What was London like?”


You tell them, “Ah well, that's the world over”


Will you tell them about that far off and mythical land

And how a child to the virgin came?

Will you tell them that the reason why we murdered

Everything upon the surface of the world

So we can stand right up and say we did it in his name?


That's this world over

Or so it seems

That's this world over

The end of dreams


That's this world over, over, over and out

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