the song
title : The Afton
written by : Johnny Dillon
song copyright : © 2006? Johnny Dillon (PRS)

the performance
musicians
Eddi Reader vocal
with :
Roy Dodds drums, percussion
John Douglas acoustic guitar, backing vocal
Boo Hewerdine acoustic guitar
John McCusker fiddle
Michael McGoldrick flute
Ewen Vernal double bass
and guests :
Phil Cunningham accordion
Meg Reader-Thomson backing vocal
Richeal Reader-Thomson backing vocal
music
key : D major
time-signature : 4/4
tempo : MM 88
form : V C v V C v
lyrics

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

The Afton

the dam on our doorstep
frozen over, undiscovered
covered nature’s sculptures fine
and the man-made beauty shines
for the first time in life
I behold the Afton’s might
and the waterworks don’t blight
nor the railings mar this sight
to see the joy in the mundane
feel the life force in the plain
is that not the why you came?
still you’re leaving
still you’re leaving
still you’re leaving
still you’re leaving

to the Afton still you’re leaving
to the Afton still you’re leaving
to the Afton still you’re leaving
still you’re leaving, all the same

– fiddle and accordion have tune
mm-mm, ah-ooh

for the first time in life
I behold the Afton’s might
and the waterworks don’t blight
nor the railings mar this sight
to see the joy in the mundane
feel the life force in the plain
is that not the why you came?
still you’re leaving
still you’re leaving
still you’re leaving
still you’re leaving

to the Afton still you’re leaving
to the Afton still you’re leaving
to the Afton still you’re leaving
still you’re leaving, all the same

– flute and accordion have tune
oh, still

explanations
Afton water flows north from the mountain Windy Standard to join the nascent River Nith near New Cumnock in southern Ayrshire

the recording
personnel
produced by : John McCusker
recorded by : Andy Seward at Pure Records Studio, Yorkshire, 2006;
possible additional recording at PawPaw Productions and Park Lane Studios, Glasgow;
additional engineering by Paul McGeechan and Keith Bird (at Park Lane?), Iain Graham (at PawPaw?) and Joe Rusby (at Pure?)
mixed by : Andy Seward assisted by John McCusker and Boo Hewerdine at Pure Records Studio, Yorkshire?
mastered by : Calum Malcolm in ?
technical
signal path : DDD
track timing : 4:37
song timing : 4:32
released on
album : Peacetime track 9