the song
title : Meantime
written by : Eddi Reader, Boo Hewerdine, Calum MacColl and Roy Dodds
song copyright : © 2001 Redemption Songs / Chrysalis Music Ltd / copyright control

the performance
musicians
Eddi Reader vocal
with :
Calum MacColl electric guitar, keyboards, bass
Boo Hewerdine acoustic 12-string guitar
Roy Dodds drums
music
key : E minor
time-signature : 4/4
tempo : MM 107
form : V V C V C V C
lyrics

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

Meantime

ah-ha…
yeah-eah, ah-ha

in the meantime how about this
it’s not your face that I can see
when I close my eyes to kiss

in the meantime I thought you should know
if it wasn’t for the roof over my head
I’d have no reason not to go

when your ship is going down
you cling on to driftwood
when your ship is going down
you cling on to driftwood

there was another time, I remember the day
you came home and found me crying
you closed the door and slipped away

when your ship is going down
you cling on to driftwood
when your ship is going down

you cling on to driftwood

in the meantime here’s some truth
if I’m not wrong then all along
you felt the same way too

when your ship is going down
you cling on to driftwood
when your ship is going down
you cling on to driftwood

when your ship is going down
cling on to driftwood
when your ship is going down
cling on to driftwood


the recording
personnel
produced by : Calum MacColl
recorded by : Roy Dodds at Driftwood Studio, London
re-recorded by : Calum MacColl at ?
re-mixed by : Calum MacColl at ?
mastered by : Duncan Cowell at Sound Mastering
technical
track timing : 4:23
song timing : m:ss
released on
album : Driftwood (UK and Japan) track 3

commentary
this track shows unmistakable signs of having developed from Eddi’s work with the world/beats group Elephant Talk, with whom she collaborated for 4 tracks on their Head album; it has the same hypnotic backdrop and obscure lyrical import – if you like this track, I urge you strongly to try and get hold of the Elephant Talk album without delay

please don’t ask me whether the use of the word ‘driftwood’ follows or precedes its use for Roy Dodds’ home studio, where most of the tracks on the album Driftwood were recorded
Adrian Dover