the song
title : May you never
written by : John Martyn
song copyright : © 1973 Warlock Music Ltd
source recording : John Martyn recorded this song for his classic 1973 album Solid air

the performance
musicians
David Knopfler lead vocal, piano, guitars?
with some or all of :
Harry Bogdanovs banjo
Pete Shaw bass guitar
Tom McFarland percussion
Alan Clark Hammond organ
Chris White saxophones
Margo Buchanan backing vocals
Lance Ellington backing vocals
Miriam Stockley backing vocals
Ricci P. Washington backing vocals
and guests :
Melvin Duffy pedal steel
Eddi Reader joint lead vocal
Frank Rouleau additional percussion
music
key : E major
time-signature : 4/4
tempo : MM 134
form : album: i v V B C V B C v V B Cx V Vx′ P
single: i v V B C V B C v V B C>
lyrics

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

May you never

(album version)

may you never lay your head down without a hand to hold
may you never make your bed out
  in the cold

you’re just like a great strong brother of mine
and you know that I love you true

you never talk dirty behind my back
and I notice those that to do

so please won’t you   please won’t you   bear it in mind
love is a lesson
  learned in our time
please won’t you
  please won’t you   bear it in mind for me

may you never lay your head down without a hand to hold
may you never make your bed out in the cold

you’re just like a big close sister of mine
you know that I love you true

you never pull the blame behind my back
and I notice those that do

so please won’t you, please won’t you bear it in mind
love is a lesson learned in our time
please won’t you, please won’t you bear it in mind for me

– pedal steel guitar solo

may you never lose your temper   if you get in a bar-room fight
may you never lose your woman overnight

you’re just like a great strong brother of mine
you know that I love you true
you never bad-mouth me behind my back
and I notice those that to would

so please won’t you, please won’t you bear it in mind
love is a lesson
  learned in our time
please won’t you, please won’t you   bear it in mind   for me   for me   yeah, yeah, yeah
please won’t you, please won’t you bear it in mind   for me   for me

may you never lay your head down without a hand to hold
may you never make your bed out in the cold
may you never lose your temper if you get in a bar-room fight
may you never lose your woman overnight

may you never lose your woman overnight
may you never lose your woman overnight
  yeah
say you’re sorry, yeah-eh-eh-eh, etc.
may you never lose your woman overnight
fa-la-da-la-la-la-la

explanations
key to lyrics’ colours :
David alone and with backing vocals
Eddi alone and with backing vocals
both together and with backing vocals

the recording
personnel
produced by : Chris Kimsey, David Knopfler and Harry Bogdanovs
recorded by : Richard Mann, assisted by Helen Atkinson at RidgeFarm Studios
mixed by : Chris Kimsey at Sphere Studios;
radio edit by Torsten Mewes
mastered by : Denis Blackham at Country Masters?
technical
signal path : DDD
track timing : 4:16 (single 4:14; single [radio edit] 2:49)
song timing : 4:12 (radio edit 2:47)
released on
album : Wishbones track 12
single : May you never tracks 1 (radio edit) and 2 (album version)