the song
title : On a whim
written by : Ron Sexsmith
song copyright : copyright control 1998

the performance
musicians
Eddi Reader vocal
Boo Hewerdine acoustic guitar, backing vocal
Neill MacColl electric, acoustic guitars
Graham Henderson Hammond organ, keyboard
Tim Harries 5-string electric bass
Roy Dodds drums, percussion
with :
Rafe McKenna additional vocal
music
key : B flat major
time-signature : 4/4
tempo : MM 100
form : VR VR MR vr VR VR p ¼V
lyrics

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

On a whim

at times I’m saddled by
this nagging doubt
and the light is so dim
through this confusion
my heart goes travelling

on a whim

it’s a cold and rainy day
but it feels so right
to be out on a limb
it’s where I go when
my hopes unravelling

on a whim
on a whi-h-im

and I find myself
in the middle of something
when I thought I was
going nowhere fast
this is how it all begins
must be the place
where my faith comes in

on a whim
on a whi-h-im

– bass something solo

at times I’m saddled by
this nagging doubt
though the odds are so slim
I take my chances
my heart goes travelling

on a whim

I can’t expect my mind
to understand
something I see in him
I can’t explain why my
heart goes following

on a whim
on a whim
on a whi-h-im

at time I’m saddled by   {spoken:} ha-ha
at time I’m saddled by
this nagging doubt


the recording
personnel
produced by : Eddi Reader and Boo Hewerdine
co-produced by : Rafe McKenna
recorded by : Jeremy Gil at The Roundhouse Studios in 1997-12
mixed by : Rafe McKenna at Britannia Row Studios and/or The Roundhouse Studios, London
mastered by : ? at ?
technical
track timing : 3:09
song timing : m:ss
released on
album : Angels & electricity track 5
album : Seventeen stories: the best of Eddi Reader   (comp.) track 14

commentary
this song was written by Ron Sexsmith especially for Eddi