the song
title : The exception
written by : Mark E. Nevin
song copyright : © 1994 MCA Music Ltd

the performance
musicians
Eddi Reader vocal, backing vocals
Teddy Borowiecki piano, accordian [sic]
Mark E. Nevin guitar
David Piltch bass
Roy Dodds drums
music
key : A flat major
time-signature : 4/4
tempo : MM 144
form : V C V C M ½v ½V C p
lyrics

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

The exception

in a paparazzi photograph she was stepping from a car
the tired eyes betrayed the smile of the faded singing star
at the publisher’s reception on the launching of her book
she told the grimy details and the toll the details took
the tours, applause, awards of course
but as the years went by
those fundamental things still applied

oh but she thought she’d be the exception
oh yes she thought she’d be the exception
but don’t we all think we’re the exception
sometimes, sometimes

the workaholic millionaire and his pretty younger wife
had everything there was out there in the ad man’s perfect life
but she left him for the milkman and then moved into his flat
oh, everyone said “silly girl, to do a thing like that”
the house, the cars, the credit cards
but he didn’t ask her why
he knows that there’s some things that even cash can’t buy

oh yes he thought he’d be the exception
oh yes he thought he’d be the exception
but don’t we all think we’re the exception
sometimes, sometimes

if a handout to the hungry and the homeless
is a fiver in the fickle hand of fate
does it mean we’ll be there on the guest list
when we get to heaven’s gate

– piano solo

no pain no gain that’s what they’re saying
and it’s hard to disagree
but I thought somehow they weren’t including me…

oh yes I’d thought I’d be the exception
oh yes I’d thought I’d be the exception
but don’t we all think we’re the exception

sometimes, sometimes
sometimes, sometimes

ah-ooh
sometimes, sometimes

ah-ooh
sometimes, sometimes

{spoken:} sometime sometimes


the recording
personnel
produced by : Greg Penny
recorded by : Jon Ingoldsby at El Mirador, Ojai, California;
basic tracks at Oceanway, LA assisted by Steve Holroyd
mixed by : Jon Ingoldsby assisted by Andy Strange at Air Studios, London
mastered by : Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering, LA
technical
track timing : 4:26
song timing : m:ss
released on
album : Eddi Reader track 7