the song
title : Please don’t ask me to dance
written by : Boo Hewerdine
song copyright : © 1998 Chrysalis Music Ltd

the performance
musicians
Eddi Reader vocal
Boo Hewerdine acoustic guitar
Johnny Scott pedal steel, acoustic and electric guitar, mandolin, dobro ?
Calum MacColl electric, slide and high-strung guitar, dulcimer, zither ?
Teddy Borowiecki piano, Hammond organ, harmonium, keyboards, melodica ?
Tim Harries 5-string electric bass, acoustic bass ?
Roy Dodds drums, percussion, hand claps, loop drumming ?
with :
Dinah Beamish cello
music
key : B major
time-signature : 4/4
tempo : MM 76
music form : aABABAabBABAaba
words form : A B C D A′   B E F A″
lyrics

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

Please don’t ask me to dance

please don’t ask me to dance
please don’t ask me to dance
skin remembers what the heart forgets
and I might do something that I will regret

how can you smile at me now
after all the ugly words we used
don’t you remember anything we said
tonight I’m younger and it’s going to my head
no I don’t want a second chance
please don’t ask me to dance


{vocalise}

skin remembers what the heart forgets
and I might do something that I will regret

why don’t you leave me alone
why don’t you bother someone else
what do I care if you’ve got no one to hold
what does it matter if the night is getting old
and, oh god, if I feel your hand
please don’t ask me to dance


{vocalise}


the recording
personnel
produced by : Eddi Reader and Boo Hewerdine
co-produced by : Rafe McKenna
recorded by : Barry Hammond at Chipping Norton Studios in 1997-04
mixed by : Rafe McKenna at Britannia Row Studios and/or The Roundhouse Studios, London
mastered by : ? at ?
technical
track timing : 3:24
song timing : m:ss
released on
album : Angels & electricity track 12

commentary
what a pity that the penultimate line doesn’t end with “hands” instead of the singular, to make the almost-rhyme rather than the assonance with “dance” (spoils it for me every time, I’m afraid)
Adrian Dover