the song
title : Prayer wheel
written by : Eddi Reader and Boo Hewerdine
song copyright : © 1998 Warner Music UK Ltd

the performance
musicians
Eddi Reader vocal
Boo Hewerdine acoustic guitar, backing vocal
Johnny Scott acoustic and electric guitars?
Calum MacColl electric guitar, high-strung guitar?, backing vocal
Teddy Borowiecki Hammond organ, keyboards?
Tim Harries 5-string electric bass
Roy Dodds drums, percussion
with :
Rafe McKenna backing vocal
music
key : D major
time-signature : 4/4
tempo : MM 110
form : c V B C V B C M ½c V BX C C P
lyrics

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

Prayer wheel

yeah-yeah
la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la
yeah
la-la-la
yeah
la-la-la-la-la-la
mm-hmm

you don’t seem too glad to see me
is it a bad time?
is there somewhere you’d rather be?
well it’s about time, ah

don’t forget about me
don’t forget about me

spin a prayer wheel for me sometimes
don’t let me slip out of your mind
spin a prayer wheel for me sometimes

you’ll see me later
oh that’s a good one
how about in the next life?
well that’s the best one

don’t forget about me
don’t forget about me

spin a prayer wheel for me sometimes
don’t let me slip out of your mind
spin a prayer wheel for me sometimes

ha-na-na-na-na-nah-nah

it’s happening again
it’s unresolving
it’s happening again

– Hammond solo
ah
yeah, yeah-yeah-yeah

well I could live your life
and dream of wires
or I could live my life
among the angels and electricity

don’t forget about me
don’t forget about me
you won’t forget about me?

spin a prayer wheel for me sometimes
don’t let me slip out of your mind
spin a prayer wheel for me sometimes

trr, na-na-na-nah-nah

spin a prayer wheel for me sometimes
don’t let me slip out of your mind
spin a prayer wheel for me sometimes

ah, don’t let me, don’t let me, don’t let me, no

{spin a prayer wheel for me sometimes
don’t let me slip out of your mind
spin a prayer wheel for me sometimes
}

{spin a prayer wheel for me sometimes
don’t let me slip out of your mind
spin a prayer wheel for me sometimes
}

spin a prayer wheel for me sometimes
don’t let me slip out of your mind

explanations
a prayer wheel is another of those religious devices which assist with recitation of prayers – compare the rosary in ‘The girl with the weight of the world in her hands’; chief users of prayer-wheels are the Buddhists of Tibet

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 : 4:45
song timing : m:ss
released on
album : Angels & electricity track 2
album : Seventeen stories: the best of Eddi Reader   (comp.) track 13

commentary
a line in this song provides the title of the album on which it appears
Adrian Dover