"Senses Working Overtime" as written by and Andy Partridge....
Hey, hey, the clouds are away
There's straw for the donkeys
And the innocents can all sleep safely
All sleep safely

My, my, sun is pie
There's fodder for the cannons
And the guilty ones can all sleep safely
All sleep safely

And all the world is football-shaped
It's just for me to kick in space
And I can see, hear, smell, touch, taste
And I've got one, two, three, four, five

Senses working overtime
Trying to take this all in
I've got one, two, three, four, five

Senses working overtime
Trying to taste the difference 'tween a lemon and a lime
Pain and pleasure and the church bells softly chime

Hey hey, night fights day
There's food for the thinkers
And the innocents can all live slowly
All live slowly

My, my, the sky will cry
Jewels for the thirsty
And the guilty one's can all die slowly
All die slowly

And all the world is biscuit-shaped
It's just for me to feed my face
And I can see, hear, smell, touch, taste
And I've got one, two, three, four, five

Senses working overtime
Trying to take this all in
I've got one, two, three, four, five

Senses working overtime
Trying to taste the difference 'tween a lemon and a lime
Pain and pleasure and the church bells softly chime

And birds might fall from black skies
And bullies might give you black eyes
But to me it's very, very beautiful
(England's glory!)
Beautiful
(A striking beauty!)

And all the world is football-shaped
It's just for me to kick in space
And I can see, hear, smell, touch, taste
And I've got one, two, three, four, five

Senses working overtime
Trying to take this all in
I've got one, two, three, four, five

Senses working overtime
Trying to tell the difference 'tween the goods and grime
Turds and treasure and there's one, two, three, four, five

Senses working overtime
Trying to take this all in
I've got one, two, three, four, five

Senses working overtime
Trying to taste the difference 'tween a lemon and a lime
Pain and pleasure and the church bells softly chime


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"Senses Working Overtime" as written by Andy Partridge

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  • +2
    General CommentQuote from Andy Partridge about Senses Working Overtime "It's about what it's like to be alive in England". Great lyrics!
    Slartion September 23, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentCould there be a link between the line 'And all the world is biscuit/football-shaped' and the line 'And all the world is birthday cake' from The Beatles' It's All Too Much? Hmm..
    supamoon January 17, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti love this song, and i'm in the middle of writing a paper about synesthesia (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…), and i know this is super weird, but does anyone see why i kinda see synesthesia in the lyrics? all the talk of senses one right after the other makes me feel like maybe they are getting mixed up. maybe i'm just super tired... but anyway... i decided to title my paper "senses working overtime" bc either way, it's a cool and appropriate title :)
    harmoniouson February 27, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnyone heard Mandy Moore's version on her album "Coverage?" I kinda sorta like it.
    pumkinhedon January 23, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI thought it was more about the sheer jubilation of being in love.
    pumkinhedon January 23, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentJust heard Mandy Moore's version--nice but no edginess as this song deserves. Always thought Kim Deal and/or the Breeders could do a great cover of this!
    pharmageekon May 09, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI know what you mean - there's no edyness in Mandy Moores cover - it's too 'sweet'. IT's ok though, she sings it well I guess.
    butterflykiss84on July 25, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment" edginess (typo :P)
    butterflykiss84on July 25, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAfter hearing the original, I can see how Mandy's is not as edgy. That's ok though, she has an incredible voice and a sound all her own. :)
    Coronaboyon March 27, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song's meaning has always seemed bright and optimistic on the surface; but if you think about the words, it seems to be a sarcastic condemnation of humanity's imperialistic tendencies. For example, the "it's just for me to feed my face" and "it's just for me to kick in space." That's the way I read it, anyway.
    KoshKing777on August 19, 2009   Link

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