the song
title : Fragile thing
written by : Stuart Adamson and Bruce Watson
song copyright : © 1999 Track Music Ltd

the performance
musicians
Stuart Adamson vocals, guitar, mandolin, slide guitar, moog
Bruce Watson guitars, mandolin, sitar, slide guitar
Tony Butler bass, vocals, vibe
Mark Brzezicki drums, vocals, percussion
with :
Eddi Reader joint lead vocal
music
key : A minor
time-signature : 4/4
tempo : MM 144
form : v V ½v V C V CX ½v V CX p
lyrics

provided for research and private study only (see above for copyright details):

Fragile thing


{yeah-ah, ooh-ooh}

thank you ma’am for asking
yes I’m on my own
I guess it’s kind of obvious
I’m eating here alone
I’m grateful for the company
tired of talking to myself
don’t you look into my eyes
for you might see someone else


{ooh-oh}

I’ve been to see a movie                 [verse 2 : see the explanation below]
about a man who saved the world
had the same old happy ending
where the hero gets the girl
and all I ever wanted was
to be that hero too
then I might still be with her
instead of here with you

love is a small and fragile thing
I spend a lot of cold nights missing you
keep it in your hands or let it take wing
I spend a lot of cold nights missing you

thank you for your time now
I’m gonna go and walk
I might as well do that
because I’m running out of talk {ah}
I could walk a thousand miles tonight
and never find my place
{ooh-ah-ooh}
at least until it gets too light
to hide my tearful face
{ah-ha, ooh-ooh}

love is a small and fragile thing
I spend a lot of cold nights missing you
keep it in your hands or let it take wing
I spend a lot of cold nights missing you
I spend a lot of cold nights missing you

there’s a low ballet on the highway
brief faces in the light
I catch them for a second
heading somewhere in the night
and we have no connection
but the darkness and the road
I’d better find a place tonight
I’d better call it home

love is a small and fragile thing
I spend a lot of cold nights missing you
keep it in your hands or let it take wing
I spend a lot of cold nights missing you
I spend a lot of cold nights missing you

– vocalise
{ah-ha, ooh-ooh etc.}

explanation
the single edit lacks verse 2 and its prefatory instrumental section; also the instrumental middle eight is shorter

Eddi provides a joint lead vocal on the choruses and parts of the verses, together with background vocalise which is sometimes multi-tracked with her other contribution

the recording
personnel
produced by : Rafe McKenna and Big Country
recorded by : Rafe McKenna assisted by Lee Butler at Rockfield Studios
mixed by : Rafe McKenna assisted by Lee Butler at Rockfield Studios
mastered by : Tim Young? at Metropolis?
technical
signal path : DDD
track timing : 4:34;   single edit : 3:42
song timing : 4:31;   single edit : 3:38
released on
single edit : Fragile thing   (on both versions) track 1
album version : Driving to Damascus track 6