the song
title : My old friend the blues
written by : Steve Earle
song copyright : © Warner Chappell Music Ltd
source recording : Steve Earle’s recording of this song appeared first on his Guitar town album (1986), I think, and subsequently on various compilations

the performance
musicians
Eddi Reader vocal, concertina
Neill MacColl guitar, mandolin
Phil Steriopulos double bass
Roy Dodds drums
music
key : D major
time-signature : 4/4
tempo : MM 80
form : VR VR MR vr MR ½VR p   (M = V′ ?)
lyrics

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My old friend the blues

just when every ray of hope was gone
I should have known that you would come along
I can’t believe I ever doubted you

my old friend the blues

another lonely night, a nameless town
sleep won’t get me, you will come around
’cos I can always count on you

my old friend the blues

’cos lovers leave and friends will let you down
you’re the only sure thing that I’ve found
there’s one thing I know I’ll never lose

my old friend the blues

’cos lovers leave and friends will let you down
you’re the only sure thing I have found
there’s one thing I know I’ll never lose

my old friend the blues

let me rest my weary heart on you

my old friend the blues


the recording
personnel
produced by : Eddi Reader and the Patron Saints of Imperfection
recorded by : Terry Medhurst at Helicon Mountain Studio, London?
mixed by : Terry Medhurst? at Helicon Mountain Studio?
mastered by : ? at Townhouse?
technical
track timing : 3:08
song timing : m:ss
released on
album : Mirmama track 11

commentary
there was a bad mastering error on the first version of the Compass records release, with 0:38-0:54 of the original recording missing completely; the CD was later re-mastered with the correct version of this track
Adrian Dover