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XTC — Greenman
Album: Apple Venus Vol. 1
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Please to bend down for the one called the Greenman
He wants to make you his bride
Please to bend down for the one called the Greenman
Forever to him you're tied

And you know for a million years he has been your lover
He'll be a million more
And you know for a million years he has been your lover
Down through the skin to the core

Heed the Greenman
Heed the Greenman

Please to dance round for the one called the Greenman
He wants to make you his child
Please to dance round for the one called the Greenman
Dressed in the fruits of the wild

And you know for a million years he has been your father
He'll be a million more
And you know for a million years he has been your father
Run to his arms at the door

Lay your head, lay your head, lay your head, lay your head on the Greenman
Lay your head, lay your head with mine
Lay your head, lay your head, lay your head, lay your head on the Greenman
Build a bed out of oak and pine

See the Greenman blow his kiss from high church wall
And unknowing church will amplify his call
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Oh you Philistines!  I created an account on this site just to call you haters to task.  I'm fairly musical (singing professionally since I was 12) and this is my favorite XTC song bar none.  Rhythmically, it's interesting, and nods to the ancient.  The instrumentation is unusual and haunting (as many people nod to the Double Countrabass Bassoon). It's evocative of an earlier age is its melody, as anyone who's sung earlier musical traditions would know in a heartbeat. And while the lyrics may make you uncomfortable, so would the traditions of these earlier times which it references.  It's expertly steeped in its milieu, and it's still got that pop sensibility which pervades all XTC. Y'all who dislike this song get a free pass in that everyone has a sensibility, and it's well understood that taste is an individual thing.  It's not for me to tell you your pallet is unrefined.  Having said that, I now urge you to broaden your musical AND cultural horizons, and then come back to this masterpiece.

Disparagingly yours,

—Lucky

 
Another great song from the World's Most Under-rated Band.  Love the bass line and tone.
Best song on this record might be "Your Dictionary." Boy, does that song pack a punch! Probably can't be played on RP, however, because of the powerful and judicious use of language to express anger. (You get the idea.) 

 
 bailey_comus wrote:
WHY? There are so many excellent XTC songs.  This is not one of them.
 
So true.  Please don't play this one again - complete muck!  XTC were so much better than this.

WHY? There are so many excellent XTC songs.  This is not one of them.
 Misterfixit wrote:


This is the Double Contrabass Bassoon.  The only wind instrument which can go any lower (16 Hertz) is the Double Contrabass Surrousophone.  Rumor has it that the Double Contrabass Surrousophone playing the long note ("C͵͵͵" or 13.75 Hertz) can cause an accident release of the bowels.

 
{#Roflol}

The Green Man reference is to an old English pagan folk figure - see the Wikipedia entry for a flavour.

Ah... Andy Partridge, the best warlock to ever pen a pop song.
 Dave_Mack wrote:
Excellent bassooning at the beginning!  Possibly even contrabassoon.  Will have to hear that again.

 

This is the Double Contrabass Bassoon.  The only wind instrument which can go any lower (16 Hertz) is the Double Contrabass Surrousophone.  Rumor has it that the Double Contrabass Surrousophone playing the long note ("C͵͵͵" or 13.75 Hertz) can cause an accident release of the bowels.

I like XTC and absollutely love this song.  All you haters, get your own radio station.
This song is unbelievably creepy.
Am I alone in thinking that this strangely sounds like a Bollywood musical? {#Stop}


There's only one greenman!

Please to stop singing the greenman
Also not getting the hate. Do y'all also hate "Chalkhills and Children" and "Grass" too? Because they seem similar to me.

{#Think}
XTC is such a contradiction for me. I love their music but disagree with a fair amount of what they say in their words. I do have to admire their skill in music and message though.
Excellent bassooning at the beginning!  Possibly even contrabassoon.  Will have to hear that again.

This is far from my favorite XTC song, but I'm surprised by the negative comments.  Is it really all that bad?  I've surely heard worse.  Wasp Star (Apple Venus Vol 2), made right around the same time, is a pop classic!
Terrible
Hmmm, this song and album do not seem to be on iTunes.
Pleasant and somewhat different tune.  I'll buy that!
It says this was last played on September 29, though it was played last night, on October 30. A bug?

I always liked XTC, and this is the best album cover yet.
Working on something here and for some reason it just got really f*cked up and now i'm really screwed. Have to do the damn thing all over again and it's gonna cost me hours to finish it.

And then there's this song playing. Out-of-this-world annoying, it's like it's laughing in my face because things all turned out wrong....

Oh, when......does.....the...hurting.............stop...........
Ow wait, that's now, it's over.... {#Lol}
If only there were a rating below 1 for these rare occasions....
I like XTC, but this is horrible.
a little more annoying than usual from XTC.
Thanks Bill, I was just mentally requesting some XTC! For those who love this band, Chalkhills is an amazingly rich online resource.

As XTC goes, this ain't half bad.
Not sure I'm strong enough to keep from hitting the mute button on this one.  Bounderline 1, but I'll go with a 2 because I'm in a good mood.
 fredriley wrote:
"Here's to bend down for the one called the binman". Hmm. I'll give 'em a Xmas bonus, but I don't think I'll pay them homage.
 
LMAO

Yes, I'm all for Wicca and Paganism, but this is kinda cheesy.  Just like all religious songs are when they talk about praising "him," whomever "he" may be.
This playlist sounds recycled, but i LOVE it RPNOSTALGIA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Just love XTC.

And since Bill is known to play wonderful Porcupine Tree songs now and then, here is an interesting XTC/Porcupine Tree connection; original XTC guitarist David Gregory wrote orchestration on some of the early PT material.
that was kind of cool.
"m not sure how I feel about the repetitive ending though. still, a 7.
Actually, a nice listen for a Monday morning. Catchy beat. Thumbs-up.
"Here's to bend down for the one called the binman". Hmm. I'll give 'em a Xmas bonus, but I don't think I'll pay them homage.
 damo wrote:
yet again, bill has reached back into my past and found another favorite of mine. Bill, I'm starting to think there is some associative weirdness going on....

Some synchronicity going on when you've been thinking of a song from more than two decades ago and they play it right after the thought? That's happened to me here—-but not this song.

{#Dancingbanana} love the song!

Well this is different.  With that swelling orchestration and the nature (wiccan?) theme, it reminds me a little of the Disney World fireworks show at EPCOT, which was actually a lot of fun.
 chasech5 wrote:
Its completely a Pagan religious song. The Greenman is the masculine divine principle., or Horned God.  The song calls the listener to offer respect ("bend down") in both eros (lover) and agape (father) ways to Him. The CD has the *Wiccan Rede* printed on it, for Herne's sake, folks. This thread runs through much of XTC's music.

 
Gish05 wrote:
Dear God is like 100x better than this crap.

I don't want to say it's religious. I'm sure "Greenman" implies nature and such. But it's a pretty corny tune.
 
 
 

From what I understand the Greenman, while clearly originating in pagan beliefs, has become something traditional in British culture. Not necessarily religious in and of itself.

yet again, bill has reached back into my past and found another favorite of mine. Bill, I'm starting to think there is some associative weirdness going on....
Greenman has always been my favorite XTC song.  Why o why isn't this available on iTunes? 
 revsully wrote:
Dear sweet Lord! I usually dig XTC, but that repetition at the end almost killed me.
 
exactly. couldn't stand it neither. 2.


History will be kind to XTC. 9 for this one.
Its completely a Pagan religious song. The Greenman is the masculine divine principle., or Horned God.  The song calls the listener to offer respect ("bend down") in both eros (lover) and agape (father) ways to Him. The CD has the *Wiccan Rede* printed on it, for Herne's sake, folks. This thread runs through much of XTC's music.

 
Gish05 wrote:
Dear God is like 100x better than this crap.

I don't want to say it's religious. I'm sure "Greenman" implies nature and such. But it's a pretty corny tune.
 
 


ick



This is cool...  we be dancing...


most excellent I think.  I always liked these guys (at least since "English settlement")

 zipper wrote:
well, that sucked in an overwhelmingly annoying way. I'd rated it a 2, but it's absolutely a 1.

 

meh.



well, that sucked in an overwhelmingly annoying way. I'd rated it a 2, but it's absolutely a 1.

 Gish05 wrote:
Dear God is like 100x better than this crap.

I don't want to say it's religious. I'm sure "Greenman" implies nature and such. But it's a pretty corny tune.
 

You obviously understand nothing about this group. They are deep but quirky, simple English lads living in the country but all the while being intricately complicated and very aware of the world.

Thanks Bill for playing this-more XTC!!{#Notworthy}
This is a great CD, but why is it $52.00+ on Amazon? I recomend the CD, but not at that price!

print wrote:
someone please shoot me in the face ALTERNATELY change the song


 
bc wrote:
GLADLY.
Unfortunately, I don't know exactly where you are, so I'll instruct you to seek out Mr. Cheney.
 
{#Lol}{#Lol}{#Lol}


This song is good for the ears...


The fact that XTC never rose above cult status is a cryin' shame.

"We started out to drink beer, make money, and meet girls. Well, we've drunk a lot of beer . . . "
 - Andy Partridge

Lay your head on the green man? {#Confused} Huh? 


 revsully wrote:
Dear sweet Lord! I usually dig XTC, but that repetition at the end almost killed me.
  
 

I think 99.9% of the time I would agree with you about the repetition, but in this case I really like it.  I don't know why.  Someone else mentioned Bach's Jesu, which is also repetitive in a good way.


 Happygirl wrote:
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring?

Anyone else hear it?
 

J.S. would rightfully have an issue...............chalk and cheese to the extreme for mine, tho' I still like this track!
 kellis wrote:
Can't decide whether or not I like this song. The music's interesting but the lyrics are somewhere between annoying and catchy. Annoyingly catchy perhaps?

 

How about catchingly annoying. Dreck!!!!
The XTC song you ought to play is "The Balllad of Peter Pumpkinhead".  A great song few people proably know which speaks a lot about the times we live in right now - what with all of the nonsense going on in politics and the media!
 Happygirl wrote:
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring? Anyone else hear it?
 
I do! First thing to come to my mind when I heard the song, actually. I'm not quite sure yet whether I like it or not...

 kellis wrote:
Can't decide whether or not I like this song. The music's interesting but the lyrics are somewhere between annoying and catchy. Annoyingly catchy perhaps?
 
we have an accord
Fabulous, underrated album.
Dear God is like 100x better than this crap.

I don't want to say it's religious. I'm sure "Greenman" implies nature and such. But it's a pretty corny tune.


Can't decide whether or not I like this song. The music's interesting but the lyrics are somewhere between annoying and catchy. Annoyingly catchy perhaps?



I think it is cool... makes me dance...


Hypnotic... {#Meditate}
annoying....

 Shesdifferent wrote:
Not a lot of XTC played on RP. Why Not? Love these guys.

 
I second this motion.{#Dancingbanana_2}
{#Meditate}{#Music}{#Bounce}{#Notworthy}
revsully wrote:
Dear sweet Lord! I usually dig XTC, but that repetition at the end almost killed me.
Yeah, it was a 9, but that annoyed me too, so now it's an 8!
You can get autographed CDs at XTC's own shop (click here) ****xkolibuul wrote:
Argh, Greenman is not on iTunes. Anyone have suggestions for how to obtain online?
Dear sweet Lord! I usually dig XTC, but that repetition at the end almost killed me.
It's green? Sorry, couldn't help myself. superfido wrote:
Bend down and I'll show you my greenman. muhahahah sorry couldn't help myself. :ask:
Bend down and I'll show you my greenman. muhahahah sorry couldn't help myself. :ask:
Let me know when I can un-mute...
Argh, Greenman is not on iTunes. Anyone have suggestions for how to obtain online?
Yay! Let's build a fire and get funky.
:sleep:
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring? Anyone else hear it?
print wrote:
someone please shoot me in the face ALTERNATELY change the song
GLADLY. Unfortunately, I don't know exactly where you are, so I'll instruct you to seek out Mr. Cheney.
What a lovely surprise! The dulcet sounds of the Double Contrabass Sarousphone. Honk! Honk if you love the Basement Scale!
billbangert wrote:
Great tune...XTC WAY under rated as a band... :dancingbanana: :bananasplit: :dancingbanana_2: :bananajumprope: :bananajam: :dancingbanana_2: :clap:
someone please shoot me in the face ALTERNATELY change the song
Great tune...XTC WAY under rated as a band... :dancingbanana: :bananasplit: :dancingbanana_2: :bananajumprope: :bananajam: :dancingbanana_2: :clap:
xkolibuul wrote:
You're not listening to RP enough. Bill is no slouch when it comes to our XTC fix, they appear frequently.

That said, I'd forgotten how amazingly fine this song is.
yes...excellent song I think. I love XTC percussion
ed: I had to bump this up to 8 :-)

You're not listening to RP enough. Bill is no slouch when it comes to our XTC fix, they appear frequently. That said, I'd forgotten how amazingly fine this song is. rah wrote:
there should be MUCH more XTC played here.
Not a lot of XTC played on RP. Why Not? Love these guys.
Wow, this is a very pleasant surprise. Sad to say I hadn't heard it before...
Great song from a superb CD.
blueyedmerle wrote:
:boohoo: Sweet.......... :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:
Thanks peeps :wave: :wave: :wave:
Kristi wrote:
LOVE this song! More more more XTC! :daisy:
:boohoo: Sweet.......... :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:
LOVE this song! More more more XTC! :daisy:
I generally like some XTC stuff, and this one has some very melodic background stuff, but the rhythms in it make me feel like a am going to start having heart palpitations. I guess I'll have to turn it down next time it comes on so that I don't die.
leathepea wrote:
XTC did break up, right? I heard the reason was the singer was suffering from some sort of massive stage fright. I know that sounds like one of those stupid rumors floating around, I just wanted to clarify. Someone please give it to me straight, cause XTC's music shows real genius. Or at least that is my opinion.
They never broke up over Andy Partridge's stage fright, which came about over 20 years ago. They just stopped touring. Since then, they've put out numerous brilliant records. They are currently kind of stagnant and possibly broken up. Colin Moulding, 1/2 of the current XTC, is laying low and not really into recording anymore.
leathepea wrote:
XTC did break up, right? I heard the reason was the singer was suffering from some sort of massive stage fright. I know that sounds like one of those stupid rumors floating around, I just wanted to clarify. Someone please give it to me straight, cause XTC's music shows real genius. Or at least that is my opinion.
they did not break up. they stopped touring years ago because of that. before that they toured all the time.
Goody, pre-christian paganism. I like, lots. It's even having a dig at the christians, not so subtly pointing out that the symbolism was incorporated into early christian churches.
Knew it from the first note. Play XTC anytime! These guys are brilliant!
pretty darn good song...i'm not usually one who likes too many XTC songs....but this is totally different....
Please stop "playin it."
XTC did break up, right? I heard the reason was the singer was suffering from some sort of massive stage fright. I know that sounds like one of those stupid rumors floating around, I just wanted to clarify. Someone please give it to me straight, cause XTC's music shows real genius. Or at least that is my opinion.
Good pre-equinox song.
XTC rules!
Hey, I LOVE this CD ... and Greenman is an excellent cut. The whole CD has a very "Spring-based" theme. Nice selection, Bill!
there should be MUCH more XTC played here.
This was released in 1999? An awesome blast from the past.
WhooHoo! My favorite XTC song ever. Thanks!
Red_Dawn wrote:
A very beautiful song!! Too sad it hasn't been played on RP yet! :cry:
Till now.
YESSSS!
A very beautiful song!! Too sad it hasn't been played on RP yet! :cry: