the song
title : Leezie Lindsay
written by : melody: traditional; words: Robert Burns, Eddi Reader and Boo Hewerdine
song copyright : trad./Burns: none; verses: © 2006 Chrysalis Music Ltd

the performance
musicians
Eddi Reader lead and backing vocals, acoustic guitar
with :
Boo Hewerdine acoustic guitars
John McCusker fiddle
Michael McGoldrick flutes
Ewen Vernal double bass
and guests :
Alan Kelly accordion
Donald Shaw harmonium
music
key : G major
time-signature : 12/8
tempo : MM 81
form : V C V C v V Cx
lyrics

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

Leezie Lindsay

oh the lights in this city are like diamonds
the street lamps, the signs and the cars
though it’s bright in the city what are diamonds?
when they’re turning out all of our stars

would ye gang tae the Hielands Leezie Lindsay
would ye gang tae the Hielands wi’ me
would ye gang tae the Hielands Leezie Lindsay
my pride and my darling to be

it’s so loud in this town Leezie Lindsay
the worry and the working and the noise
now we cannae hear the birds when they’re singing
and the river is losing it’s voice

would ye gang tae the Hielands Leezie Lindsay
would ye gang tae the Hielands wi’ me
would ye gang tae the Hielands Leezie Lindsay
my pride and my darling to be

– fiddle and flute have tune

when you are by me Leezie Lindsay
I’m not afraid to be alone
we can live anywhere that we chose to
when I’m with you I know that I’m home

would ye gang tae the Hielands Leezie Lindsay
would ye gang tae the Hielands wi’ me
would ye gang tae the Hielands Leezie Lindsay
my pride and my darling to be

my pride and my darling to be
my pride… and my darling… to be

– fiddle and flute have tune

glossary
cannaecannot
would ye gang tae the Hielands   would you go to the Highlands
wi’with
explanations
As Eddi describes in the CD booklet, only the chorus is by Burns. An expanded, ballad, version was published in 1806 by Jamieson (Child, no. 226).

Burns’s chorus was originally published in the 1796 volume of The Scots musical museum (editor James Johnson).

Leezie Lindsay

Will ye go to the Highlands Leezie Lindsay,
  Will ye go to the Highlands wi’ me;
Will ye go to the Highlands Leezie Lindsay,
  My pride and my darling to be.

source : No. 565 in Poems and songs of Robert Burns / edited by James Kinsley. – Oxford : Clarendon Press, 1968


the recording
personnel
produced by : John McCusker
recorded by : Andy Seward at Pure Records Studio, Yorkshire, 2006;
possible additional recording at PawPaw Productions and Park Lane Studios, Glasgow;
additional engineering by Paul McGeechan and Keith Bird (at Park Lane?), Iain Graham (at PawPaw?) and Joe Rusby (at Pure?)
mixed by : Andy Seward assisted by John McCusker and Boo Hewerdine at Pure Records Studio, Yorkshire?
mastered by : Calum Malcolm in ?
technical
signal path : DDD
song timing : 4:45
released on
album : Peacetime track 10   timing : 4:47
album : The songs of Robert Burns (deluxe edition) track 17   timing : 4:50