the song
title : Postcard
written by : Eddi Reader and Calum MacColl
song copyright : © 1998 Warner Music UK Ltd / copyright control?

the performance
Eddi Reader vocal
Boo Hewerdine acoustic guitar
Johnny Scott acoustic guitar
Calum MacColl electric guitar
Teddy Borowiecki harmonium
Tim Harries acoustic bass ?
Roy Dodds percussion
with :
Brian Kennedy backing vocal
key : D major
time-signature : 4/4
tempo : MM 102
form : V V M V v

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


{one, two, three, four}

you sent a pretty postcard
from a far and lonely sea
a dancer and a mandolin
they looked like you and me
I’ve been awake for hours and hours
I should be fast asleep
I turned a page and out it fell
your postcard from the beach

sometimes when I’m talking to myself
I’ll swear it’s all a dream
november babies and northern winds
the scars you said I’d keep
but if you’d never come here
you’d never have had to leave
and all the bones upon the beach
they all sung out to me

grab it into your hands
don’t let go and grab it

but look the way
it curls out of your fingers

I used to wish I was the cigarette
inside your mouth

you’d roll me up and breathe me in
but then you’d blow me out

and I would float and curl my way
a vapour trial the end of me
all that’s left, a place that’s kept
your postcard from the sea


the recording
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 ?
track timing : 4:04
song timing : m:ss
released on
album : Angels & electricity track 3

Someone must look rather odd if “a dancer and a mandolin […] looked like you and me”. Is anyone able to confirm my suspicion that this refers to a postcard of an actual work of art (renaissance? Picasso?).
Adrian Dover