the song
title : Back to earth
written by : Willie Nelson
song copyright : © 2006 Act Five Music; Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.
source recording : this song appears on Nelson’s 2006 album Songbird, where it was one of two new compositions; it also made it onto his recent compilation album Lost highway (2009)

the performance
musicians
Eddi Reader vocal, guitar?
with the Transatlantic sessions’ ‘house’ band :
Aly Bain fiddle
Russ Barenberg mandolin
Ronan Browne whistles
Jerry Douglas dobro, steel guitar?
James Mackintosh percussion
Todd Parks double bass
Donald Shaw accordion
and guest :
Tim O’Brien backing vocal
music
key : B flat major
time-signature : 3/4
tempo : MM 91
form : VR VxR M ½VR vr M ½VR vx ½VR
lyrics

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

Back to earth

I guess my heart just settled back to earth
I rode a dream so wild and free for all that dream was worth
but true love can be a blessing and a curse

I guess my heart just settled back to earth

and now I know just how you felt so long ago
when the dream for you had ended and you let me know
so I rode from sky to sky tryin’ to keep the dream alive
but everything I did just made it worse

I guess my heart just settled back to earth

love created songs that I still sing
love we knew still makes the rafters ring

so tonight I’ll sing for everything I’m worth

for all the hearts that settle back to earth

– dobro? solo

love created songs that I still sing
love we knew still makes the rafters ring

so tonight I’ll sing for everything I’m worth

for all the hearts that settle back to earth

– accordion lead

oh, our love will never have a final verse

I guess my heart just settled back to earth


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 : 3:51
song timing : 3:47
released on
album : Transatlantic sessions 3   vol. 1 track 17

commentary
Eddi toured as support to Willie Nelson about the time of the release of Peacetime
Adrian Dover