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

the performance
Eddi Reader vocal
with :
Adam Kirk electric guitar
Boo Hewerdine acoustic guitar
Graham Henderson accordion
Tim Harries bass guitar
Roy Dodds drums
key : E flat major
time-signature : 3/4
tempo : MM 160
form : V V M v V ?

this attempt at transcribing the lyrics, which are difficult to catch and seem somewhat oblique, are provided for purposes of research and private study only (see above for copyright details) – any improvements will be welcomed by the site-owner:


fetch the cavalry
fly the white […]
I’m through with the fighting
we’re all back and blue, oh
ah between us
the travels were [… zero?]
never again

fake the lottery
tell them you’re a big millionaire
watch their faces
then they wouldn’t dare
no, come between us
[…] [zero] […]
they’ll never wear

take a journey into the centre of the earth
no one is there under it’s sleep
there was never, ever
always […]

– electric guitar solo

take a holiday
paint a bright wagon ?
pick up your shoes and oh
oh, you don’t need to
hope that the waves roll again
[never again]

the recording
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
track timing : 2:50
song timing : m:ss
released on
album : Driftwood (UK) track 8
album : Driftwood (Japan) track 6