the song
title : Lazy heart
written by : Eddi Reader and Boo Hewerdine
song copyright : © 1996 Warner Music UK Ltd

the performance
musicians
Eddi Reader lead vocal, harmonica
Teddy Borowiecki melodica, Rhodes, piano, Hammond
Boo Hewerdine acoustic guitar
Calum MacColl electric guitars
David Piltch electric bass
Roy Dodds drums and percussion
music
key : A major
time-signature : 4/4
tempo : MM 110
form : V R V R′ M V R″ M M′
lyrics

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

Lazy heart

I’ve got a lazy heart
can’t make it do a thing
won’t go to church on sundays
I’ve never heard it sing

no matter what I do
can’t make my heart love you

I’ve got a lazy heart
sleeps when the morning comes
sleeps through an earthquake
walks and never runs

I don’t know what to say
I’m sorry it’s that way

my lazy heart and I {far, far, far, far, far, far continues under}
        are hostage to the moon
and winter’s far too long
and summer ends too soon
too soon

god damn my lazy heart
it’s dumb as an ox I know
won’t go to work on mondays
I just can’t make it go

whatever’s to be done
my heart cannot be won

{far, far, far, far, far, far continues under}
my lazy heart and I are hostage to the moon
and winter’s far too long and summer ends too soon
I’m not the one to blame, so please don’t make me choose
between a living lie and the “I’m so sorry” blues

between, and the “i’m so sorry” blues

explanations
for an explanation of the line about the earthquake, see the Eddi said section (below)

the recording
personnel
produced by : Eddi Reader and Teddy Borowiecki
recorded by : Gerry O’Riordan assisted by Dan Gilliland, Mark Chambers and Ron Warshow at The Snake Ranch, Lots Road, Chelsea, London
mixed by : David Bottrill at Eden Studios, Acton, London
mastered by : Tim Young at Metropolis
technical
track timing : 5:25
song timing : m:ss
released on
album : Candyfloss and medicine track 6
album : Candyfloss and medicine (US) track 8

commentary
Eddi said
“Boo brought this to me at the last minute. We had finished the album really, but there was no way this wasn’t going on. He said that line “sleeps through an earthquake” was inspired by me describing my experience of the last big L.A. tremor. I’d been asleep on the ground in the mountains at four in the morning having just finished the last album and a big bottle of Californian something or other when the earthquake hit.”
Candyfloss and medicine press release