the song
title : Nameless
written by : Eddi Reader, Boo Hewerdine and Teddy Borowiecki
song copyright : © 1996 Warner Music UK Ltd

the performance
musicians
Eddi Reader lead vocal, vocal percussion
Teddy Borowiecki ? bass, keyboards
Boo Hewerdine ? electric guitar
Roy Dodds ? percussion
music
key : C major
time-signature : 2/4
tempo : MM 78
form : V V C V v C V P
lyrics

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Nameless

every child asks why we die
and no one tells [of bird] that flies
the trace of sun left in our eyes
nameless

[sugar ache] that means regret
the tiny hurts we can’t forget
an undertaker’s cigarette
nameless

here I am, why don’t you come inside?
here I am, why don’t you come inside?

between the lightning and the thunder
right before you hear a train
the knowledge that you could go under
nameless

{vocalise}

here I am, why don’t you come inside?
here I am, why don’t you come inside?

and in they come, my haunting years
you’ll hear no sound and you fear no fear
and once in while you’ll sense me near
nameless

nameless

explanations
sorry, I’m still a bit unsure that I’ve got the words correct in the above transcription

the recording
personnel
produced by : Eddi Reader and Teddy Borowiecki
recorded by : Teddy Borowiecki in Eddi’s house and garden, Battersea, London – 1996-06
mixed by : Teddy Borowiecki at ?
mastered by : Tim Young at Metropolis
technical
track timing : 4:28
song timing : m:ss
released on
single : Medicine CD 1 track 4

commentary
the mouth-percussion of the opening takes on the sound of the train, which is mentioned in verse three, when it reappears between verses; compare this with Eddi’s recording of the Parker/Phillips song ‘Mystery train’, released under the Fairground Attraction banner, which also has Eddi-generated train noises
Adrian Dover