the song
title : Roses
written by : Eddi Reader and John Douglas
song copyright : © 2008? Eddi Reader and John Douglas, copyright control (MCPS)

the performance
musicians
Eddi Reader vocals
with :
Teddy Borowiecki moog
John Douglas ukelele?, acoustic guitar, harmony singing (choruses)
Stephen Douglas drums
Boo Hewerdine acoustic guitar
Kevin McGuire double bass
music
key : D major
time-signature : 4/4
tempo : MM 122
form : V C V C C v C C cx
lyrics

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

Roses

love is all around
feel it in the breeze
summer’s coming round
dressing up the trees
and it makes me feel alright
watching all the signs of passing time
seasons going round
digging in their heels

open up your arms to the passing time
clear yourself a path you can leave behind
leave a lot of love in each heart you find
open up your heart to the passing time

roses in the ground
growing in the beams of summer light
showers falling down {ah-ah-ah-ah}
all is as it seems
if it makes you feel alright
don’t regret a thing you leave behind
love is growing wild
out in summer fields

open up your arms to the passing time
clear yourself a path you can leave behind
leave a lot of love in each heart you find
open up your heart to the passing time

open up your arms to the passing time
clear yourself a path you can leave behind
leave a lot of love in each heart you find
open up your heart


oh-ah-oh

– ‘low’ guitar solo

open up your arms to the passing time
clear yourself a path you can leave behind

leave a lot of love in each heart you find
open up your heart to the passing time

open up your arms to the passing time
clear yourself a path you can leave behind

leave a lot of love in each heart you find
open up your heart to the passing time
open up your heart

– ‘low’ guitar solo
open up your heart

explanations

the spoken intro and outro are not present on this version of the song; for more on the two different recordings see the commentary below


the recording
personnel
produced by : Eddi Reader
recorded by : Mark Freegard at 3kyoti studio, Glasgow, 2008;
additional recording by Teddy Borowiecki in ‘his mum’s garage’, somewhere in Canada
mixed by : Mark Freegard and Eddi Reader at 3kyoti studio, Glasgow, 2008
mastered by : Mark Freegard at 3kyoti studio, Glasgow, 2008
technical
signal path : DDD
track timing : 3:59
song timing : 3:55
released on
album : Love is the way (ltd ed. release only) track 11

commentary
compared with the ‘fuller’ arrangement included on the main (commercial) version of the Love is the way album, this recording is much more ‘folk(s)y’, with a much less ‘wall-of-sound’ effect through the smaller instrumentation and fewer backing vocal tracks; the instrumental passages feature a low guitar instead of a whistle;
the closer one listens to the two versions of this track the more differences one hears: for Eddi completeists it’s definitely worth getting hold of both releases
Adrian Dover