XTC – Easter Theatre (1999)

It’s my annual Easter ritual to repost this most gorgeous of songs. As an XTC fanatic, it is, in my humble opinion, the absolute high point of Andy Partridge’s stellar songwriting career (a ‘fact’ I once had the pleasure of telling him in person.) From the song’s melody, to the instrumentation and production choices, to the earthy lyrics rich with pagan imagery and symbolism, the song never fails to give me goosebumps and, occasionally, teary eyes of joy. If I get a choice in the matter, this is one of the songs I’d want playing at my funeral.

Odin mounts the tree
Bleeds for you and me
Splashing on the lamb
Gamboling with spring’s step

Buds will laugh and burst
Racing to be first
Turning all the soil
As the promptress’ fingers through her spinning script…

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