the song
title : In the watershed
written by : Eddi Reader and Roy Dodds
song copyright : © 1992 MCA Music Ltd / copyright control

the performance
musicians
Eddi Reader vocal
Neill MacColl ? guitar
Phil Steriopulos ? double bass
Roy Dodds ? drums
music
key : E major
time-signature : 4/4
tempo : MM 122
form : i V R V R R′ B v ½B M ½V′ p
lyrics

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In the watershed

it’s […]
hi-yah

I’m on my lonely own
nothing can stop me now
falling [from …]
we went to war and I prayed
that others have enough
and also darling such a waste of time

now that you want me I’m
finding it easy to learn
if telling your lies got you where you are
I’m not surprised
and also darling such a waste of time

all those hollow ideals seem unreal
but such a waste of time

but feel
but feel

– guitar solo

but feel

in the watershed mine
hours of slowly spin time
denting life’s [threatened …]
you fear for your [sanity]
I fear for mine
but it’s always such a waste of time
hi-yah-eeh-yah

born out of nowhere
we’ll soon find our way back
born out of nowhere
we’ll soon find our way back
born out of nowhere
we’ll soon find our way back
born out of nowhere
we’ll soon find our way back
born out of nowhere
we’ll soon find our way back

aah {born out of nowhere
we’ll soon find our way back
}
born…
aahhhh

explanations
I still have some unclear words in this transcription, and, the track not having been issued on an album, there are no printed lyrics to which I can refer for guidance.

the recording
personnel
produced by : Kevin Moloney, Eddi Reader and Roy Dodds
recorded by : Eddi Reader? and Roy Dodds? at Shabby Road, Kilmarnock?
mixed by : ? at ?
mastered by : ? at Townhouse?
technical
track timing : 6:14
song timing : m:ss
released on
single : What you do with what you’ve got track 3

commentary
I love this for the really great guitar riff behind the verses – note that, once again, it is over two alternating chords – and also for the surprise middle eight which goes into 3/4 time-signature but in the so-called sesquialtera proportion – one bar of 3/4 equals one minim of the 4/4. The fact that I can’t hear some of the vital words in the lyric and therefore haven’t the faintest idea what the song is about, is neither here nor there!
Adrian Dover