the song
title : Lavenders
written by : Eliza Carthy and Ben Ivitsky
song copyright : © 2008 Topic Records Ltd

the performance
musicians
Eliza Carthy lead vocal, backing vocal
with :
Ben Ivitsky viola, percussion
Heather Macleod backing vocal
Eddi Reader
(credited as Eddie Reader)
backing vocal
Barnaby Stradling bass guitar
Donald Hay percussion
Robert McFall, Claire Stirling,
Brian Schieles, Su-a Lee
string quartet (arranged by Robert McFall)
music
key : A major/minor/modal
time-signature : 12/8
tempo : MM 61
form : i V C i V C′ C p
lyrics

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

Lavenders

did he come too quick in the water
did he move too soon
did he leave a spark for me
in the lazy afternoon?
now august was a good time for swimming
winter came and went
waiting for him too many years
that money’s all been spent

while you’re here we could swim in the stream
while the little wings buzz round our ears, fit for a dream
oh the crawls on my skin
they’re not from without, they come from within

lie to me {don’t lie to me}
lie to me, when will this happen again?


again, again

did we drift apart slowly
overtook by time
did we jump the dams wholly
in an open mind?
I keep a loving picture of you
right inside my eye
will you think more kindly of me
before you drown and die?

{while you’re here we can swim in the stream
while the little wings buzz round our ears, fit for a dream
and the crawls on my skin
oh they’re not from without, they’re all from within
suffer the little fishes, see how they shine
in the cold water between me and mine
}

{while} while you’re here we could swim in the stream
while the little wings buzz round our ears, fit for a dream

oh {the crawls on my skin}
oh, oh they’re not from without, they’re all from within
lie to me, {don’t lie to me}
lie to me, when will this happen again?


again

explanations
unusually, the chorus material is rearranged for its second appearance: if Eliza is singing at this point, and I think she probably is, at least from the third line (as laid out above), her voice is mixed further back than at other times so she blends with Heather and Eddi, who carries the uppermost line; I have therefore treated Eliza as part of the backing vocals for the whole of this chorus

the tune of the verse is loosely based on the traditional tune for the nursery rhyme Lavender’s blue, diddle, diddle, lavender’s green

the recording
personnel
produced by : Ben Ivitsky and Eliza Carthy
recorded by : Ben Ivitsky, Barney Strachan, Eliza Carthy and Mattie Foulds at ?
mixed by : Ben Ivitsky, Adrian Bradley, Barney Strachan, Eliza Carthy and Micky Marr at ?
mastered by : ? at ?
technical
signal path : DDD
track timing : 4:20
song timing : 4:17
released on
album : Dreams of breathing underwater track 7 (LP track B2)