the song
title : Dolphins
written by : Fred Neil
song copyright : © 1966 Carlin Music Corp.

the performance
musicians
Eddi Reader vocal, concertina
Neill MacColl electric and acoustic guitars
Phil Steriopulos double bass
Roy Dodds drums, “splash” (=percussion?)
with :
Jools Holland piano
music
key : F major
time-signature : 6/8
tempo : MM 128 (quavers), 43 (dotted-crochets)
form : VR VR vR VRX m N
lyrics

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Dolphins

sometimes I think about saturday’s child
and all about the times we were running wild

I’ve been searching for the dolphins in the sea, yeah
sometimes I wonder do you ever think of me?

this old world will never change, ah, ha! the way it’s been
and all our ways of war can’t change it back again

I’ve been searching for the dolphins in the sea, no
sometimes I wonder do you ever think of me? yeah, no

– verse (12-string ‘triplets’ solo)

I’ve been searching for the dolphins in the sea, yeah-yeah-yeah
sometimes I wonder do you ever think of me?

lord, I’m not the one to tell this old world how to get along
I only know that peace will come, ah, when all our hate is gone

I’ve been searching for the dolphins in the sea, yeah-yeah-yeah
sometimes I wonder do you ever think of me?

do you ever, do you ever, ah-ha
do you ever think of me? yeah

– extended vocalise solo
oh, oh, never

careless, careless
careless
careless, careless
care…

explanations
The reference to “Saturday’s child” presumably relates to the rhyme about the characteristics of children according to the day of the week on which they were born. The version current in my family is :

monday’s child is fair of face
tuesday’s child is full of grace
wednesday’s child is full of woe
thursday’s child has far to go
friday’s child is loving and giving
saturday’s child works hard for a living
but the child that is born on the sabbath day
is blithe and bonny, good and gay


the recording
personnel
produced by : Eddi Reader and the Patron Saints of Imperfection
recorded by : Terry Medhurst at Helicon Mountain Studio, London
mixed by : Terry Medhurst? at Helicon Mountain Studio?
mastered by : ? at Townhouse?
technical
track timing : 7:06
song timing : m:ss
released on
album : Mirmama track 5

commentary
It is not immediately obvious how to ‘read’ the reference in the opening lines; is the Saturday’s child a friend of the singer or the singer themselves. On the whole I incline to the former view, and, possibly, the one who works hard for a living is, in as Eddi’s singing, a man.

The instrumental work out on the F-F#-F change is a live favourite, affording plenty of opportunity for extravagant soloing over the strangeness of the chords a semitone apart.
Adrian Dover