the song
title : Aye waukin-o †   (Always awake)
written by : Robert Burns; arranged by Eddi Reader and the band
song copyright : none
note
† on the cover and booklet of the Transatlantic sessions 3 release, the title is spelt with an ‘e’, but Burns’s spelling, as found on Eddi’s own releases, is with an ‘i’

the performance
musicians
Eddi Reader vocal, guitar?
with the Transatlantic sessions’ ‘house’ band :
Aly Bain fiddle
Russ Barenberg guitar
Ronan Browne whistles
Jerry Douglas steel guitar
James Mackintosh percussion
Todd Parks double bass
Donald Shaw harmonium
and guest :
Paul Brady backing vocal, guitar?
Karen Matheson backing vocal
music
key : A major
time-signature : 4/4
tempo : MM 72
form : V C V C vx′ V C v c
lyrics

Aye waukin-o

summer’s a pleasant time
flowers of every colour
water runs o’er the heugh
and I long for my true lover

aye waukin-o
waukin still and weary
sleep I can get nane

for thinking on my dearie
aye waukin-o

when I sleep I dream
when I wake I’m eerie
sleep I can get nane
for thinking on my dearie

aye waukin-o
waukin still and weary
sleep I can get nane

for thinking on my dearie
aye waukin-o

– fiddle and whistle with tune, steel guitar with counter melody

lonely night comes on
and all the lave are sleeping
I think on my bonnie lad
and blur my eyes wi’ weeping

aye waukin-o
waukin still and weary
sleep I can get nane

for thinking on my dearie
aye waukin-o

– fiddle with tune, whistle with decoration
ah-ee-ah-ah

glossary
aye waukin-oalways awake
eeriespooked, frightened
heughrocky crags
laverest
nanenone
wi’with
explanations
for this history of this song, and the Burns source text, see the explanations section of my page about Eddi’s original recording

the recording
personnel
produced by : Douglas Eadie for BBC Scotland, the National Video Corporation Ltd and Radio Telefis Eirean
recorded by : Iain Hutchinson at Strathgarry House, Killiecrankie in 2007
mixed by : Iain Hutchinson at Secret Music?
mastered by : Iain Hutchinson at Secret Music?
technical
track timing : 4:52
song timing : 4:47
released on
album : Transatlantic sessions 3   vol. 2 track 10