the song
title : Open arms
written by : Brian Kennedy
song copyright : © 1990 Chrysalis Music Ltd

the performance
musicians
Brian Kennedy lead vocal, guitar, backing vocals
with :
Julia Doyle double bass
Phil Overhead bodhran
Violet Williams backing vocal
and guests :
Martin Morgan clarinet
Eddi Reader backing vocals
music
key : D major
time-signature : 4/4
tempo : MM 84
form : i VR r VR i ½V′R P
lyrics

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

Open arms

I come to your big door
only to leave as poor
don’t the reasons always mean to be pure
to another

when we are not so understood
will I find something good
more things lead to harm
with open arms
that take the need away

love came to ease and tame
all that had seeded shame
my relieving seems too frail to be named {to be named}
ever needing

when we are not so understood
{ah-a-a-ah behind:} will I find something good
more things lead to harm
with open arms
that take the need away

– clarinet solo

don’t the reasons always mean to be pure {to be pure}
to another
but I don’t feel many, ah

when we are not so understood
{ah-a-a-ah behind:} will I find something good
{mm-hmm behind:} more things lead to harm with open arms
that take the need away

open your arms
open your arms


the recording
personnel
produced by : Tim Friese-Greene
recorded by : Phill Brown at ?
mixed by : ? at ?
mastered by : ? at ?
technical
track timing : 4:54
song timing : 4:51
released on
album : The great war of words track 2