the song
title : No time
written by : Eddi Reader, Adam Kirk and Roy Dodds
song copyright : © 2000 Redemption Songs / copyright control

the performance
musicians
Eddi Reader multi-tracked vocal
Adam Kirk acoustic and electric guitars
Tim Harries ? bass guitar
Roy Dodds drums, percussion
music
key : D major
time-signature : 4/4
tempo : MM 108
form : ½v V V V v Vx
lyrics

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

No time

it’s free o’clock in the afternoon and we’re flying
it’s sweet o’clock in the afternoon, we’re flying
not touching the ground, nowhere can stop us
we’re flying

it’s fine o’clock and it’s deepening
it’s fine o’clock and it’s deepening
oh, blue to black, not a trace of grey
{flying}

it’s sweet o’clock in the evening
it’s sweet o’clock in the
evening {evening}
it’s sweet, it’s fine, it’s free
it’s not late
it’s not late

– electric guitar solo

it’s free o’clock in the afternoon and we’re flying {yeah}
not touching the ground in the afternoon we’re flying
not touching the ground, nowhere can stop us
it’s not late
it’s not time
it’s no time
it’s no time

explanations

with no printed text to go on, I have, as so often, had to transcribe the above lyrics from the recording and, what with the breathy vocals, the multi-tracking and the reverb, it’s a bit of a bugger. It is possible that the phrases in the first two verses are “it’s three o’clock” and “it’s five o’clock” respectively. but the third verse almost definitely has “it’s sweet o’clock”– which is difficult to interpret as a sensible time – so I have worked back from the phrase “it’s sweet, it’s fine, it’s free / it’s not late” to interpret the earlier verses. If you don’t like this, you’ll have to do your own version!

for a possible explanation of the obscurity of this lyric see the commentary below


the recording
personnel
produced by : Eddi Reader and Roy Dodds?
recorded by : Roy Dodds at Driftwood Studio, London, 2000
mixed by : Roy Dodds at ?
mastered by : ? at ?
technical
track timing : 3:12
song timing : m:ss
released on
single : The girl who fell in love with the moon track 4

commentary
There is a very noticeable influence of Eddi’s work with the band Elephant Talk on this track, not just in the overall sound and the way the music is constructed of overlapping repeated patterns of notes but in the rather obscure / oblique lyrics Eddi has laid over the top of this texture. If you enjoy this track, check out Elephant Talk’s Head album. Conversely, if you like Eddi’s stuff on that album, try tracking down this Japanese single to hear the influence on her own work.
Adrian Dover