the song
title : Forgive the boy
written by : Eddi Reader and Boo Hewerdine
song copyright : © 2001 Redemption Songs / Chrysalis Music Ltd

the performance
musicians
Eddi Reader vocal, backing vocals
with :
Johnny Scott pedal steel guitar
Boo Hewerdine acoustic guitar
Teddy Borowiecki keyboards
Tim Harries bass guitar
Roy Dodds drums, percussion
music
key : G major
time-signature : 4/4
tempo : MM 101
form : V C V C M v V C C P
lyrics

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

Forgive the boy

clumsy steps and eager eyes
tin soldiers fall
who are we to criticise
our brother nature’s call

forgive the boy
life’s a lonely ride
forgive the boy
life’s a lovely ride

cigarettes and mock-shy smiles
tomorrow’s everywhere
he looks down at his shoes and lies
but I don’t really care

forgive the boy
life’s a lonely ride
forgive the boy
life’s a lovely ride

fill his head with foolish things
give him what he takes {give him what he takes}
ease his heart with warmer lies {what he takes}
hold him when he aches {what he takes}
hold him when he aches {ah, what he takes}

– fluty solo

steady hands, world-weary eyes
there’s a part that he can’t hide
and I would spend eternity
to keep the kid inside

forgive the boy
life’s a lonely ride
forgive the boy
life’s a lovely ride

forgive the boy
life’s a lonely ride
forgive the boy
life’s a lonely ride

forgive the boy
aah
forgive the boy
oh-ye-aah [etc.]
forgive the boy


the recording
personnel
produced by : Eddi Reader, Boo Hewerdine and Roy Dodds
recorded by : Boo Hewerdine and Roy Dodds at Driftwood Studio, London
mixed by : Roy Dodds at ?
mastered by : Duncan Cowell at Sound Mastering
technical
track timing : 4:11
song timing : m:ss
released on
album : Driftwood (UK) track 11
album : Driftwood (Japan) track 9