Peter Pumpkinhead

Today I’m posting the video and lyrics to the song Peter Pumpkinhead by the group XTC. This is one of the songs that most reminds me of my father. I remember when he made me mixed tapes and this song, along with An Intense Beige and Being Simple by Judybats, Dizz Knee Land by dada, and All I Want by Toad the Wet Sprocket.

This is one of my favorite songs … and I can’t really pinpoint why. There are so many things combined that make this a good song. So, listen to the song and let me know what you think! 🙂

Peter pumpkinhead came to town
Spreading wisdom and cash around
Fed the starving and housed the poor
Showed the Vatican what golds for
But he made too many enemies
Of the people who would keep us on our knees
Hooray for peter pumpkin
Who’ll pray for peter pumpkinhead?
Oh my!
Peter pumpkinhead pulled them all
Emptied churches and shopping malls
Where he spoke, it would raise the roof
Peter pumpkinhead told the truth
But he made too many enemies…
Peter pumpkinhead put to shame
Governments who would slur his name
Plots and sex scandals failed outright
Peter merely said
Any kind of love is alright
But he made too many enemies…
Peter pumpkinhead was too good
Had him nailed to a chunk of wood
He died grinning on live TV
Hanging there he looked a lot like you
And an awful lot like me!
But he made too many enemies…
Hooray for peter pumpkin
Who’ll pray for peter pumpkin
Hooray for peter pumpkinhead
Oh my oh my oh!
Doesn’t it make you want to cry oh?


4 thoughts on “Peter Pumpkinhead

  1. Thanks for posting this video, Caron. I didn’t know you were an XTC fan. Great stuff….so many great albums, but I have to say Skylarking is one of my favs. Although, Black Sea runs a close second. Skylarking is more nuanced, though. Are you familiar with the song, “Burning with Optimism’s Flame?”

  2. I’d never heard this before. Interesting lyrics and video. I don’t know enough about JFK to know how like the fictional Peter Pumpkinhead he was. Sometimes I wonder if a political leader who really is that good and not at all corrupt is even possible.

    1. You are so right! No one can ever be that awesome. Except Jesus. I read an article where they said that Peter Pumpkinhead is actually a combination of several figures, Jesus included. So, at least we know it’s not just about JFK because he definitely wasn’t a Saint! 😉

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