the song
title : Paper wings
written by : Gillian Welch and David Rawlings
song copyright : © 1996 Irving Music / Say Uncle Music / Cracklin’ Music
source recording : Gillian Welch recorded this on her album Revival (1996)

the performance
Eddi Reader vocal
with :
Adam Kirk acoustic guitar
Johnny Scott pedal steel guitar
Boo Hewerdine acoustic guitar
Teddy Borowiecki keyboards
Tim Harries bass guitar
Roy Dodds drums
key : B flat major
time-signature : 4/4
tempo : MM 96
form : V V B C v V C ½C′

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

Paper wings

paper wings, all torn and bent
you made me feel like they were heaven-sent
paper wings, not real at all
they took me high enough to really fall

your paper kisses faded too soon
just like a paper rose beneath a paper moon

paper wings, paper wings
oh how could I expect to fly
with only paper wings

– piano solo (treated sound)

angels were singing – didn’t you hear
if only I’d listened close when they whispered in my ear

paper wings, paper wings
oh how could I expect to fly
with only paper wings

I tried to fly
but found that I
had only paper wings
mm-hmm, mmm

the recording
produced by : Eddi Reader, Boo Hewerdine and Roy Dodds
recorded by : Dave Dix at Driftwood Studio, London?
mixed by : Roy Dodds at ?
mastered by : Duncan Cowell at Sound Mastering
track timing : 3:21
song timing : m:ss
released on
album : Driftwood (UK) track 7
album : Driftwood (Japan) track 5

as a big fan of the superb Christine Collister I already knew the fabulous version of this song on her Blue aconite album – anyone like to comment on how either of these covers compare with Gillian’s original recording, please?
Adrian Dover