the song
title : Kiteflyer’s Hill
written by : Mark E. Nevin
song copyright : copyright control 1993 ?

the performance
musicians
Eddi Reader vocal
Boo Hewerdine acoustic guitar, bells?
Neill MacColl electric guitars, bells?
Graham Henderson keyboards
Tim Harries acoustic bass
Roy Dodds drums
music
key : E flat major
time-signature : 6/8
tempo : MM 50
form : V V C V C C c P
lyrics

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

Kiteflyer’s Hill

do you remember when we used to go up to Kiteflyer’s Hill?
those summer nights so still
with all of the city beneath us
and all of our lives ahead
before cruel and foolish words
were cruelly and foolishly said

sometimes I think of you and then I go up to Kiteflyer’s Hill
wrapped up against the winter chill
and somewhere in the city beneath me
you lie asleep in your bed
and I wonder if ever just briefly
do I creep in your dreams now and then

where are you now
my wild summer love?
where are you now?
do you think of me sometimes
and do you ever make that climb up to Kiteflyer’s Hill?

I pray one day you will
we won’t say a word, we won’t need them
sometimes silence is best
we’ll just stand in the still of the evening
and whisper farewell to loneliness

where are you now
my wild summer love?
where are you now?
have the years been kind
and do you think of me sometimes?

where are you now
my wild summer love?
where are you now?
do you think of me sometimes
and do you ever make that climb up to Kiteflyer’s Hill?
kiteflyer


oh, where are you now
ah, nah, nah
ah, nah, nah
aah [etc.]

explanations
“Kiteflyer’s Hill” is the local name for part of Hampstead Hill in north London, the part best suited to flying kites, of course. The official name is Parliament Hill and the booklet illustrations (inside front and back covers) of the Angels & electricity album were probably taken from this hill.

the recording
personnel
produced by : Eddi Reader and Boo Hewerdine
co-produced by : Rafe McKenna
recorded by : Jeremy Gil at The Roundhouse Studios in 1998-12
mixed by : Rafe McKenna at Britannia Row Studios and/or The Roundhouse Studios, London
mastered by : ? at ?
technical
track timing : 6:06
song timing : m:ss
released on
album : Angels & electricity track 1
album : Seventeen stories: the best of Eddi Reader   (comp.) track 12

commentary
This track gained the highest placing in the ‘Honeychildren Eddi Reader song-poll 2000’ with an average score of 8·00 out of 10 (‘Patience of angels’ was second with only a 7·35 average). Even obtuse old me gave it an eight so it must be alright!! – no wonder it is the first track on the album. Hats off (in the breeze?) to Mark E. Nevin for yet another gem.
Adrian Dover