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This song is in the key of E.
When George wrote out the score for the sax parts, it had six sharps due to being in F# on the sax. Row was somewhat wide-eyed when she saw the score! Concert E major is not the best key for tenor saxophone.
The guitars were recorded straight into the desk.
Although it worked fine on keys, the sax part in the choruses had too many notes to make sense, so every other one was dropped.
Pete wrote the words for this during August 1991 whilst on holiday in Bexhill and informed George of its manifestation by postcard.
This song is played at 112BPM.
Chords for verses are E-Emaj7-Bm9-Bm7.
Chords for choruses are Am7-B7-Am7-B7.
The intro chords are E, Am, F#m11 and Bm11.
This song was later performed on the streets of Prague by Dr Watson and was also used by George during his English lessons when he worked as a TEFL teacher.
An attempt was made at converting this song into a Cubase sequence a couple of years later, the results of which were a rather twee sounding ditty that could be a splendid theme tune for a TV programme for very young children. This arrangement can be heard among the Dark Company out-takes at the Wud Records site.

lyrics

ASTROLOGER
The planets run their course and then
Make signs we cannot read
The stars of choice they got no voice
Just wink and dumbly plead
When dawnlight speaks from out the dark
Of night’s grim cloak of ice
All the telescopes of the scientists
Don’t help them to be wise

And I hear rainbows climb the sky
Coloured tears from Heaven’s eyes
I taste sunlight’s yellow wine
See black night fade back into time

Mystic men write words that flame
To banish Satan’s lies
The human race must join the chase
Instead it just slips and slides
On special days weird omens come
Judged by blind-eyed priests
But the tribes of man like grains of sand
Pray only for release

And I hear rainbows climb the sky
Coloured tears from Heaven’s eyes
I taste sunlight’s yellow wine
See black night fade back into time

The planets run their course and then
Make signs we cannot read
The stars of choice they got no voice
Just wink and dumbly plead
When dawnlight speaks from out the dark
Of night’s grim cloak of ice
All the telescopes of the scientists
Don’t help them to be wise

And I hear rainbows climb the sky
Coloured tears from Heaven’s eyes
I taste sunlight’s yellow wine
See black night fade back into time

Words by Peter Greatorex. Copyright (c) D & G Music 1991.

credits

from Signmaker (remastered), released December 16, 2010
Lyrics by Peter Greatorex.
Music by George Davies/Peter Greatorex.
Recorded at Silent Running Studios, Exeter, by George Davies, Autumn 1991.
Remastered at Wud Records Studios 2010.

Performers:
Peter Greatorex – vocals
George Davies – guitars, bass, Boss DR55A drum machine, keys, Wasp
Rowena Parsons – tenor sax, flute
Sammi Lock – flute

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