the song
title : Ole buttermilk sky
written by : Hoagy Carmichael and Jack Brooks
song copyright : © 1946 Chappell-Morris Ltd
source recording : sung by Hoagy Carmichael in the film Canyon Passage (1946), and later a hit for Frank Sinatra: these should be available on compilations of the respective artists

the performance
musicians
Eddi Reader vocal
Calum MacColl guitar, backing vocal?
Phil Steriopulos double bass
Roy Dodds drums
with :
Jools Holland piano
music
key : C major
time-signature : 4/4
tempo : MM 136
form : V C M V C v c v c M V C ½C ½C
lyrics

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Ole buttermilk sky

{do-do-do-da-do…   one, two, one two, three…}

ole buttermilk sky
I’m asking you why
you gotta keep it in mind tonight
you gotta keepa those clouds from sight

ole buttermilk sky
don’t you fail me when I’m needing you most
hang your moon above her hitching post
hitch me to the one I love

I’m gonna ask him that question, that question
do you darlin’ do you do?
it’ll be easy, so easy
if I could only count on you

ole buttermilk sky
I’m asking you why, now I know
you gotta keep it in mind tonight
got to keep those clouds from sight

ole buttermilk sky
don’t you fail me when I need you most
hang your moon above her hitching post
hitch me to the one I love
hi-yah-yah

– guitar solo

– piano solo
huppa-huppa
{hup-hup-hah etc.}

{hah-ah etc.}
I’m gonna ask him that question, that question
do you darlin’ do you do?
it’ll be easy, so easy
if I could only count on you

ole buttermilk sky
I’m telling you why
you gotta keep it in mind tonight
you gotta keepa those clouds from sight

ole buttermilk sky
don’t you fail me when I need you most
hang your moon above her hitching post
hitch me to the one I love

hang your moon above her hitching post
hitch me to the one I love

hang your moon above her hitching post
hitch me to the one I love


the recording
personnel
produced by : The Patron Saints of Imperfection
recorded by : Roy Dodds in (according to the 12" sleeve) “Eddi’s garden, under the cherry tree in spring 1991”, but it sounds more like a studio recording to me, and I suspect the sleeve note has been copied from the CD where it does apply to track 4, so this track was probably by Terry Medhurst at Helicon Mountain Studio, London; this is supported by the presence of Jools Holland, whose studio that is, on the session
mixed by : Terry Medhurst? at Helicon Mountain Studio?
mastered by : ? at Townhouse?
technical
track timing : 3:36
song timing : m:ss
released on
album : Mirmama [BVCP-176, BVCM-37434] track 13
single : All or nothing EP 12" track 4

commentary
Eddi doesn’t use all Jack Brooks’s verses of this song in her recording.