"Summer's Cauldron" as written by and Andy Partridge....
Drowning here in summer's cauldron
Under mats of flower lava
Please don't pull me out this is how I would want to go
Breathing in the boiling butter
Fruit of sweating golden Inca
Please don't heed my shout
I'll relax in the undertow

When Miss Moon lays down
And Sir Sun stands up
Me I'm found floating round and round
Like a bug in brandy
In this big bronze cup
Drowning here in summer's cauldron

Trees are dancing drunk with nectar
Grass is waving underwater
Please don't pull me out this is how I would want to go
Insect bomber Buddhist droning
Copper chord of August's organ
Please don't heed my shout
I'll relax in the undertow

When Miss Moon lays down
In her hilltop bed
And Sir Sun stands up
Raise his regal head
Me I'm found floating round and round
Like a bug in brandy
In this big bronze cup
Drowning here in summer's cauldron


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"Summer's Cauldron" as written by Andy Partridge

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    General CommentI love XTC and have since "english settlement" came out years ago. I think this song is a praise to sunny summer days.
    dogARTiton April 27, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI agree with dogARTit, this song is definitely about lazy, beautiful summer days and enjoying the simples pleasures they offer. I especially love all the clever, vivid imagery such as the "Insect bomber Buddhist droning" and "Fruit of sweating golden Inca." I just got into XTC this last summer and would listen to it while driving, walking, and riding my bike around while being conscious that the summer was fleeting, but enjoying every minute of it.
    RobotRockon October 02, 2006   Link
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    Song MeaningI think this is a song about debauchery and heavy drug use during summer, when these activities are more common. The narrator is clearly going through some kind of pain, as he says he is "drowning", and for whatever reason, he's shouting for help.

    There are some pretty subtle drug references in here. "Boiling butter" could refer to cannabis butter, "flower lava" could be heroin or another opiate, "grass" and "trees" is cannabis, and there are clearer references to alcohol. He equates himself to a bug drowning in brandy.

    During the summer, rockers would find themselves using drugs likely every day. Partying, losing oneself in the night, and the haze of smoke sets in on one's brain like a cloud. The narrator knows that he's hurting himself, which is why he's shouting. But he begs not to be saved, because he's enjoying himself in the moment.
    swogieon June 12, 2014   Link
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    General CommentYes, I agree (to two above posts) - a very pastoral song too.
    The Distortedon October 04, 2006   Link
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    General CommentLast post didn't make sense to me, sorry.
    Stevenpon May 18, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti think this is more of a spring song than a summer song... it seems to call the image of a day in the 70's and low 80's farenheit. the summers i know don't have this kind of vibe, they have more the vibe of sly & the family stone - there's a riot goin on. britain is more north though, so i understand how that would be the sound of their summer.
    suckmykisson April 21, 2007   Link
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    Song MeaningI think this song is about being a fetus in the womb when it's summer time.
    aperiodicon May 10, 2012   Link

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