Sounds Great When You're Dead Albums Gigs Lyrics Media

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Author
Robyn Hitchcock

Albums

Title Artist Label Type Year
I Often Dream Of Trains Robyn Hitchcock Midnight Music Authorized 1984
Gotta Let This Hen Out! Robyn Hitchcock And The Egyptians Jettisoundz Authorized 1985
The Hooded One Robyn Hitchcock Feg You Records Unauthorized 1988
I Often Dream of Trains Robyn Hitchcock Yep Roc Authorized 2007
I Wanna Go Backwards Robyn Hitchcock Yep Roc Authorized 2007
I Often Dream of Trains in New York Robyn Hitchcock Yep Roc Authorized 2009
I Often Dream of Trains in New York special package Robyn Hitchcock Yep Roc Authorized 2009

Gigs

Billed As Venue City State Country Date
Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians First Avenue Minneapolis Minnesota US March 26, 1986
Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians Nectarine Ballroom Ann Arbor Michigan US November 10, 1986
Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians Founder's Hall Haverford College Haverford Pennsylvania US November 15, 1986
Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians One Step Beyond Santa Clara California US November 18, 1986
Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians Maxwell's Hoboken New Jersey US November 26, 1986
Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians Tartan Bar Leeds England UK January 24, 1987
Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians MyWay Piacenza Italy February 10, 1987
Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians Stereodrome Bologna Italy February 11, 1987
Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians Stereodrome Bologna Italy February 12, 1987
Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians Irving Plaza New York New York US August 02, 1985
Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians 9:30 Club Washington DC US March 28, 1986
Robyn Hitchcock Great American Music Hall San Francisco California US May 30, 1990
Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians Ronnie Scott's London England UK April 21, 1985
Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians Berkeley Square Berkeley California US March 19, 1986
Robyn Hitchcock 12 Bar Club London England UK February 03, 1998
Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians 9:30 Club Washington DC US November 09, 1985
Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians Blind Pig Ann Arbor Michigan US November 13, 1985
Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians 9:30 Club Washington DC US November 13, 1986
Robyn Hitchcock 12 Bar Club London England UK May 24, 1996
Robyn Hitchcock's ROCK ARMADA Cactus Café Austin Texas US October 24, 1999
Robyn Hitchcock's ROCK ARMADA Iron Horse Northampton Massachusetts US October 31, 1999
Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians Maxwell's Hoboken New Jersey US August 01, 1985
Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians Jonathan Swift's Boston Massachusetts US August 03, 1985
Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians I-Beam San Francisco California US March 17, 1986
Robyn Hitchcock Largo Los Angeles California US August 26, 1999
Robyn Hitchcock G2 Glasgow Scotland UK September 30, 1999
Robyn Hitchcock Largo Los Angeles California US February 19, 2000
Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians Ronnie Scott's London England UK February 02, 1986
Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians Starry Night Portland Oregon US March 21, 1986
Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians Paradise Centre Reading England UK June 02, 1986
Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians Electric Screen Cinema London England UK September 06, 1985
Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians 7th Street Entry Minneapolis Minnesota US November 16, 1985
Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians Paradise Rock Club Boston Massachusetts US November 02, 1986
Robyn Hitchcock Largo Los Angeles California US June 18, 1999
Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians The Ritz New York New York US November 01, 1986
Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians First Avenue Minneapolis Minnesota US November 23, 1986
Robyn Hitchcock Two Bells Seattle Washington US September 04, 1999
Robyn Hitchcock Queen Elizabeth Hall London England UK January 29, 2008
Robyn Hitchcock BBC TV - Later With Jools Holland London England UK January 28, 2008
Robyn Hitchcock Phoenix Exeter England UK January 25, 2008
Robyn Hitchcock Largo at the Coronet Los Angeles California US November 13, 2008
Robyn Hitchcock World Café Live Philadelphia Pennsylvania US November 19, 2008
Robyn Hitchcock Old Town School of Folk Music Chicago Illinois US November 15, 2008
Robyn Hitchcock Old Town School of Folk Music Chicago Illinois US November 15, 2008
Robyn Hitchcock South Hill Park Arts Centre Bracknell England UK February 14, 2009
Robyn Hitchcock ABC2 Glasgow Scotland UK February 07, 2009
Robyn Hitchcock Brudenell Social Club Leeds England UK February 10, 2009
Robyn Hitchcock The Fleece Bristol England UK February 18, 2009
Robyn Hitchcock The Junction Cambridge England UK February 17, 2009
Robyn Hitchcock Somerville Theatre Somerville Massachusetts US November 21, 2008
Robyn Hitchcock Zodiac Oxford England UK April 14, 2010
Robyn Hitchcock The Fleece Bristol England UK April 16, 2010
Robyn Hitchcock O2 Academy Birmingham Birmingham England UK April 18, 2010
Robyn Hitchcock O2 Academy Islington London England UK April 20, 2010
Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians Zentrum Zoo Tubingen Germany April 13, 1986
Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians I-Beam San Francisco California US November 17, 1986
Robyn Hitchcock Union Chapel London England UK October 29, 2019
Robyn Hitchcock & Emma Swift Robyn & Emma's house Nashville Tennessee US September 04, 2020
Robyn Hitchcock & Emma Swift Robyn and Emma's house London England UK October 14, 2020
Robyn Hitchcock & Emma Swift Robyn and Emma's house London England UK October 30, 2020
Robyn Hitchcock Northcote Social Club Melbourne Victoria Australia May 31, 2014
Robyn Hitchcock The Old Church Portland Oregon US February 29, 2020
Robyn Hitchcock Night train to Danang Danang Vietnam December 04, 2018
Robyn Hitchcock The Junction Cambridge England UK March 02, 2013
Robyn Hitchcock Reading Arts: South Street Reading England UK March 09, 2013
Robyn Hitchcock Eddie's Attic Decatur Georgia US October 31, 2014
Robyn Hitchcock City Winery New York New York US November 10, 2014
Robyn Hitchcock City Winery New York New York US November 10, 2014
Robyn Hitchcock Columbia City Theater Seattle Washington US March 16, 2015
Robyn Hitchcock City Vinyard at Pier 26 New York New York US November 18, 2018
Robyn Hitchcock Gasa Gasa New Orleans Louisiana US February 02, 2019
Robyn Hitchcock Dakota Minneapolis Minnesota US April 06, 2019
Robyn Hitchcock Fremont Abbey Arts Center Seattle Washington US February 27, 2020
Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians [unknown venue] Norwich England UK June 06, 1986
Robyn Hitchcock & Emma Swift Robyn and Emma's house London England UK April 23, 2021
Robyn Hitchcock St Mary's Creative Space Chester England UK May 09, 2019
Robyn Hitchcock The Stone Church Brattleboro Vermont US April 16, 2019
Robyn Hitchcock Auditorium Flaiano Pescara Italy April 18, 2011
Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians Moore Theater Seattle Washington US March 22, 1986
Robyn Hitchcock Symphony Space New York New York US November 22, 2008
Robyn Hitchcock Fleece and Firkin Bristol England UK January 24, 2008
Robyn Hitchcock, Morris Windsor & Terry Edwards Robyn and Emma's house London England UK June 18, 2021
Robyn Hitchcock Teatro Civico Dalmine Italy April 15, 2011
Robyn Hitchcock Teatro Dal Verme Milan Italy November 19, 2009
Robyn Hitchcock Butlin's Minehead England UK March 09, 2012
Robyn Hitchcock Old Town School of Folk Music Chicago Illinois US November 15, 2008
Robyn Hitchcock Botanique Bologna Italy July 03, 2014
Robyn Hitchcock McCabe's Santa Monica California US May 25, 1990
Robyn Hitchcock The State Room Salt Lake City Utah US March 29, 2019
Robyn Hitchcock The Factory Theatre Sydney New South Wales Australia February 22, 2019
Robyn Hitchcock Village Underground London England UK August 28, 2012
Robyn Hitchcock Faraday Festival Barcelona Spain July 04, 2008
Robyn Hitchcock Piazza Sasdelli Casola Valsenio Italy August 14, 2009
Robyn Hitchcock OzenBar Tel Aviv Israel September 09, 2011
Robyn Hitchcock Firestation Arts Center Windsor England UK June 02, 2011

Media

Name Performance Type Medium
Jools Holland TV Video

Lyrics

Your mother is a journalist
Your father is a creep
They make it in your bedroom
When they think you're fast asleep
The scenes that they're enacting now
Beside your little bed
Are never in you consciousness
But always in your head

Baby, it might sound dodgy now
But it sounds great when you're dead
It sounds great when you're

Your sister is a butterfly
Your brother is a drunk
You gaze at him reclining in
Formaldehyde: a trunk
He lives and breathes on systems
That nobody can supply
And you're immune to everything
Except the butterfly

Yeah

Baby, it might sound dodgy now
But it sounds great when you're dead
It sounds great when you're dead

Baby, you're incredible
I think that you're the most
I've searched around for everything
Like you from coast to coast
Your name, engraved in diamond
Is written in my heart
We're at our most together
When we're at our most apart

Baby, it might sound dodgy now
But it sounds great when you're dead
Baby, it might sound dodgy now
But baby, let me assure you
It sounds great when you're dead

<Alternates>
The way their bodies integrate   5a
Beside your narrow bed           6a

Your brother's always drunk                   13a
She draws a yellow circle 'round              14a
His body on a trunk                           15a
He sinks down to the bottom and the fishes eat his eyes    16a
And you're immune to everything except for butterflies     17a

Your father is an alchemist, your mother is a creep   1b

Beside your feather bed 6b

Your sister is an embryo             12b

You chalk around his outline while   14b
He's sleeping in a trunk             15b

Your name, engraved in diamonds      28b

Baby, this might sound dodgy now     32b
[17 Feb 85]