"Greenman" as written by and Andy Partridge....
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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"Greenman" as written by Andy Partridge

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  • +2
    General CommentIn the Apple Box booklet, Andy refers to this song as an homage to the male side of nature, whom he personifies as the "Greenman".
    His justification is that due to the trend in nature of there being opposite sexes/genders, Mother Nature must also have a partner/opposite coming from the other end of the spectrum that she comes from.
    Like many an XTC song, it's an appraisal for the rural/natural/wild/pastoral life.

    Great bloody tune as well. ;)
    The Distortedon October 04, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthe greenman is a carving on alot of scottish, english and welsh churches, pillars, and cathedrals.
    he also appears in a few other countries India, Italy and France.
    "see the greenman blow his kiss from high church wall/ an unkowing church will amplify his call"

    the carvings are all similar, a face within leaves and bark.

    Before I read about the carvings and stuff, I kind of always thought this song had to do with Islam. Green is the color of the religion. And it kind of had an arabian sound to it, I thought.
    kellyisadickslapon April 14, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe Greenman is as others here have pointed out a pagan symbol of nature's fertile/masculine side. Its Andy's song of course, so it is written from the atheist pov and I don't know what Mayordperry is talking about - A cahnge of heart would imply Andy was questioning, when in fact this song, as does 'Dear God', demonstrates someone totally opposed to religion. Check the line; "see the greenman blow his kiss from the church wall". I love this part because he's saying, 'go one build your churches on top of what we should be worshiping: nature, but nature itself will in turn grow on your churches, and be there much much longer than any of those buildings.'

    The Greenman in folklore was a character that turned up in stories as a symbol of hope for good crops and fertile land, which pagans obviously held in highest regard. This song is a reminder of that tradition of worship, long since replaced with the religion (*spits*) and the father and lover references are beautiful descriptions of our natural world as essential to our birth, survival, learning and happiness, whereas religion only seems to create hatred and confusion.

    Totally magnificent song.



    lateleighon September 03, 2011   Link
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    General Commentdon't know what it means, but i know that the beat's pretty fantastic.
    pumkinhedon February 10, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI believe this song is an ecstatic embrace of nature, alluding to images of humans merging with nature in the artistic depictions of The Green Man in European churches. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/… It's a great song, both whimsical and heavily drenched in spiritual meaning.
    zorbheadon May 15, 2016   Link
  • -2
    General CommentTough call - But compare the lyrics to "Greenman" with those of "Dear God" - Did someone have a change of heart?
    Maylordperryon March 03, 2006   Link

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