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"Wrapped in Grey" is a song by Andy Partridge. It appeared on and was initially released as a single for the 1992 album Nonsuch. Virgin Records' unexplained withdrawl and destruction of the single led XTC to go on "strike" for almost seven years until their contracts with Virgin where terminated.

Single tracklistingEdit

7" singleEdit

  1. A-side: "Wrapped in Grey"
  2. B-side: "Bungalow" (Moulding)

CD-5 singleEdit

  1. "Wrapped in Grey"
  2. "Bungalow (demo)"
  3. "Bungalow"
  4. "Rip Van Ruben (demo)"

QuotesEdit

Andy: “Life doesn't have to be grey and soulless. If you tap into your own emotions, you can experience all the colours.”

Andy: “This was the final straw. I was really proud of this track — we put a lot of time and thought into the whole thing, including the video, and Virgin just pulled it.”

LyricsEdit

Some folks see the world as a stone

Concrete daubed in dull monotone

Your heart is the big box of paints

And others, the canvas we're dealt

Your heart is the big box of paints

How coloured the flowers all smelled

As they huddled there, in petalled prayer

They told me this, as I knelt there


Awaken you dreamers

Adrift in your beds

Balloons and streamers

Decorate the inside of your heads

Please let some out

Do it today

But don't let the loveless ones sell you

A world wrapped in grey


Some folks pull this life like a weight

Drab and dragging dreams made of slate

Your heart is the big box of paints

And others, the canvas we're dealt

Your heart is the big box of paints

Just think how the old masters felt, they call...


Awaken you dreamers

Asleep at your desks

Parrots and lemurs

Populate your unconscious grotesques

Please let some out

Do it today

Don't let the loveless ones sell you

A world wrapped in grey


And in the very least you can

Stand up naked and

Grin

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