Song Lyric Spotlight: One Thousand Umbrellas

Today’s Song Lyric Spotlight is: One Thousand Umbrellas (full lyrics) by XTC on their album Skylarking.

XTC is one of my favorite bands when it comes to inventive and fun lyrics.  They’re right up there with They Might Be Giants.

There are so many things I love about this song that I’m not even going to try to choose a favorite part.

The rhyme scheme is so dense and rolling that it gives a great pace to the flow of the lyrics.

Not to repeat too much from the previous spotlight, but this one also plays with water as a metaphor.  In fact, one of the delightful things about this song is that the use of metaphor is as dense as the use of rhyme.

The song begins:

One thousand umbrellas
Upturned couldn’t catch all the rain
That drained out of my head
When you said we were
Over and over I cried
‘Til I floated downstream
To a town they call
Misery oh oh misery
Misery oh oh misery


About Dan Kingsepp, ACS, ALS
I'm starting this blog to share my thought on the use of the English language and my experiences as a Toastmaster.

2 Responses to Song Lyric Spotlight: One Thousand Umbrellas

  1. loubyjo says:

    LIKED READING THE lyrics !! we dont often appreciate songlyrics enough just sing aimessly !!

    • Thanks for the comment. I’ve always been more interested in the lyrics than the tune.

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