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"Yacht Dance" is a song by Andy Partridge. It appeared on the 1982 album English Settlement.

A live version was performed on British music show The Old Grey Whistle Test. The recording appeared on the 2002 Coat of Many Cupboards box set.

QuotesEdit

Andy: “With Settlement finished it was time to climb, very reluctantly, back on to the live treadmill. Thirteen years of valium addiction had been kicked and I was thinking clearer and deeper about life. I didn't want to be the packhorse on someone else's money making touring treadmill, I wanted to be a backroom boy record maker. No fame, just fine art.

“I didn't know how to stop the bus, so I picked up my acoustic guitar (help, where is all the noise to hide behind?), and we did a whistle test. Dave thought he played awfully on this show, but I think his nerves held out. Any microscopic faltering is soon made good. This is the only time we ever played this song live. To be truthful, I don't think we could be arsed with miking up Spanish guitars, so that sealed its fate.

“Oddly aquatic thematic footnote: just as we started, Colin kicked over a pint of water and spent the rest of the song paddling from puddle to puddle. Messing about on the river never sounded so real.”

LyricsEdit

We, we will dance like tiny boats with cotton sails upon the tops of the seas,

That would pull us down to the depths and crush us flat if given half a chance

No need to look back to pictures of lost, when all was rust

We, we will skim across the surface of the mud as if we're spinning pebbles

Whoa, whoa, whoa!


Oh, in our yacht dance

Oh, in our yacht dance


We, we will dance like tiny boats with cotton sails upon the tops of the seas,

Made of people stained with scorn who never see the light of real love

No need to look back through diaries of lost now turned to dust

We, we will skate across the surface of the storm as if we're wheeling sea-birds

Whoa. whoa, whoa!


Oh, in our yacht dance

Oh, in our yacht dance


And how they'll be jealous of both of us!

In our yacht dance


We, we will dance like tiny boats with cotton sails upon the tops of the seas,

That would pull us down to the depths and crush us flat if given half a chance

No need to look back to pictures of lost, when all was rust

We, we will skim across the surface of the mud as if we're spinning pebbles

Whoa, whoa, whoa!


Oh, in our yacht dance

Oh, in our yacht dance

VideosEdit

The Old Grey Whistle TestEdit

Live on The Old Grey Whistle Test. Uploaded by YouTube user "theradiator."

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