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"Wait Till Your Boat Goes Down" is a song by Andy Partridge. It was released in 1980 as a single. Unlike most other non-album singles, it is included in single compilations such as Waxworks in 1982 and The Compact XTC in 1987.

Single tracklistingEdit

  1. A-side: "Wait Till Your Boat Goes Down"
  2. B-side: "Ten Feet Tall" (US Single version)

QuotesEdit

Andy: “I wrote this sat up in bed about 3 o'clock one morning. All the hairs on the back of my neck stood on end with excitement, I honestly (naïvely) thought it would get to No. 1 in the charts. It didn't, in fact nobody bought it, but it's still my favourite XTC track, and my hairs are still known to dance about a bit if ever I hear it nowadays.”

Andy: “A great melody, but in hindsight something in the rhythm came out sluggishly; it's a bit turgid.”

LyricsEdit

Wait till your boat goes down

That's when you'll need me most

Wait till your boat goes down

And you're washed up on some foreign and

Unfamiliar coast


Yachting's fine

Sailing round and round in social circles

In a sea of diamonds and wine

Wait till you need a shoulder

A girl's best friend's not any consolation

when you're that much older


Skiing's grand

Drawing classic lines around the millionaires

and moneymen from Switzerland

Wait till you need a shoulder

A girl's fox furs won't warm your heart

When you're that much older


And if you're late and man he sees you when you're young and looking good

Watch the big fish swim right out to take the bait you offered like you

knew they would

Too much caviar only points to middle aged spread

There won't be room for many playboys in your single bed


Wait till your boat goes down

That's when you'll need me most

Wait till your boat goes down

And you're washed up!

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