"Jason And The Argonauts" as written by and Andy Partridge....
There may be no golden fleece,
But human riches I'll release

Oh, my head is spinning like the world and it's filled with beasts I've seen,
Let me put my bag down and I'll tell you it all right from the start,
Like the scarlet woman who would pick on the boys she thought were green,
And the two faced man who made a hobby of breaking his wife's heart.

Seems the more I travel,
From the foam to gravel,
As the nets unravel,
All exotic fish I find like Jason and the Argonauts

There may be no golden fleece,
But human riches I'll release

I was in a land where men force women to hide their facial features,
And here in the west it's just the same but they're using make-up veils.
I've seen acts of every shade of terrible crime from man-like creatures,
And I've had the breath of liars blowing me off course in my sails.

Seems the more I travel,
From the foam to gravel,
As the nets unravel,
All exotic fish I find like Jason and the Argonauts

There may be no golden fleece,
But human riches I'll release.

I have watched the manimals go by
Buying shoes, buying sweets, buying knives.
I have watched the manimals and cried
Buying time, buying ends to other peoples lives.

Jason and the Argonauts

There may be no golden fleece,
But human riches I'll release.

Jason and the Argonauts

There may be no golden fleece,
But human riches I'll release.


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"Jason and the Argonauts" as written by Andy Partridge

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    General CommentI was in a land where men force women to hide
    their facial features,
    and here in the west it's just the same
    but they're using make-up veils.

    that's interesting..
    tigersroamfreeon November 11, 2005   Link
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    General CommentInteresting, sad and true.

    At least some men see it.
    Imagine if all men were "manimals"..
    JpnGhton March 31, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe use of the words "men" and "manimals" is not from a gender-specific angle, but is derived from the old-fashioned terminology that referred to human beings in general as "men", as terms to relate to all humanity.
    As in this verse, he's commenting from both angles:
    "like the scarlet woman who would pick on the boy
    s she thought were green, and the two faced man
    who made a hobby of breaking his wife's heart".

    PS My favourite XTC song. Absolutely amazing stuff.
    The Distortedon October 04, 2006   Link
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    General CommentJason was a late ancient Greek mythological figure, famous as the leader of the Argonauts and their quest for the Golden Fleece.
    xxdarkskyxxon April 13, 2009   Link
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    General CommentGreat, profound song. To me, this hits on frequent Andy Partridge themes of despairing about human cruelty and stupidity, mixed with the ecstatic (XTC!), or perhaps manic attempt to embrace and accept humanity and the world we've made as is. We are animals, but we are rich, and you can look at the ugly side or the beautiful aspects of our nature as you choose. "Human riches I'll release" is the line I see as the attempt to integrate the beautiful with the crude ugliness that dominates these lyrics. We think we are so sophisticated, and perhaps we are, but we are also base and beastly, ready to kill, oppress and selfishly use each other as routine and even culturally accepted patterns. See "The Smartest Monkeys" - it's quite similar in tone, although written by Colin Moulding.
    zorbheadon September 02, 2016   Link

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