the song
title : East of us
written by : Eddi Reader and Teddy Borowiecki
song copyright : © 1993 Redemption Songs Ltd

the performance
musicians
Eddi Reader vocal, backing vocals
Teddy Borowiecki piano, keyboards, accordian [sic]
Dean Parks guitars
David Piltch bass
Curt Bisquera drums
music
key : modal, based on pairs of chords a tone apart
time-signature : 12/8
tempo : MM 60
form : V C V m C VX P
lyrics

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

East of us

ha-ha, ah-ee-ah
she’s an iceberg
white and glistening
open fire
see her melting

{holding on to the east of us}
there’s a tornado turning
{I wish you well from the east of us}
in the palms of our careless hands
{you’re a million miles from the east of us}
whistling and buring
{a long way down our lifeline}
tearing down our lifeline

he’s on a river
fast white water
he just can’t hold her
she just can’t hold him
why d’you do that
tear our house down
with your nights of swimming
and diving and drowning

ah diving and drowning

{holding on to the east of us}
just a tornado turning
{I wish you well from the east of us}
in the palm of our careless hand
{you’re a million miles from the east of us}
whistling and burning
{a long way down our lifeline}
tearing down our lifeline

so be brave now
look I’ve seen it
god it’s beautiful
never fear it
ah, we’re at the edge now {ah}
crouched and praying
it feels like suicide {ah}
it feels like flying
oh like Icarus {ah}
he kissed the sunshine
jump we’re falling {ah}
but stay we’re drowning
so run and fly…
run and fly
ooh-aah

oh-oo

explanations
Icarus was the legendary Athenian, whose father Daedalus made wings for them to escape from Crete by flying. Icarus got too close to the sun, which melted the wax used to fasten his wings, and tumbled into the sea.

the recording
personnel
produced by : Greg Penny
recorded by : Jon Ingoldsby at El Mirador, Ojai, California
mixed by : Jon Ingoldsby assisted by Andy Strange at Air Studios, London
mastered by : Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering, LA
technical
track timing : 4:31
song timing : m:ss
released on
album : Eddi Reader track 5