the song
title : Scarecrow
written by : Eddi Reader, Boo Hewerdine and Gary Clark
song copyright : © 1993 Redemption Songs Ltd (33·33%); Dizzy Heights Music Publishing Ltd (50%) administered by Chrysalis Music Ltd; EMI Music Publishing Ltd (16·67%)

the performance
musicians
Eddi Reader vocal, backing vocals, tambourine
Teddy Borowiecki organ
Dean Parks guitars, guitar percussion
David Piltch bass
Roy Dodds drums
music
key : B flat major
time-signature : 4/4
tempo : MM 134
form : C V B C V B’ M B N
lyrics

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

Scarecrow

oh scarecrow wherever you go
you’re only bringing sorrow
oh scarecrow wherever you go
you’re only bringing sorrow

sorrow for the ones you left behind {ah-ah}
sorrow for the ones who go
sorrow for the ones who change their mind
’cos they’ll never know
no, they’ll never know

you start out wanting life
but you get hurried

you start out wanting love
but you get worried

oh scarecrow wherever you go
you’re only bringing sorrow
oh scarecrow wherever you go
you’re only bringing sorrow

sorrow for the ones who steal the sun {ah-ah}
sorrow for the ones who go
sorrow for the flowers in the guns

’cos they never know
no, they never know

mmm, at waters edge a drunken horse
how sad and strange
to watch him waiting

we’re watching from a high wire {oh}
birds watching from a high wire

we’re watching you {we’re watching you}
oh, we’re watching you

you start out wanting life
but you get hurried
you start out wanting love
but you get worried

oh scarecrow wherever you go
you’re only bringing sorrow


oh, yeah, yeah, scarecrow
{bah, bup-ba-ba-bah, bup-ba-ba-bahetc.}
oh-yeah-oh…
oh scarecrow wherever you go
you’re only bringing sorrow

{bah, bup-ba-ba-bah, bup-ba-ba-bahetc.}


the recording
personnel
produced by : Greg Penny
recorded by : Jon Ingoldsby at El Mirador, Ojai, California
mixed by : Jon Ingoldsby assisted by Andy Strange at Air Studios, London
mastered by : Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering, Los Angeles
technical
track timing : 3:31
song timing : m:ss
released on
album : Eddi Reader track 4

commentary
unusual as being one of the few songs in the Eddi Reader canon which begins with the chorus instead of the verse
Adrian Dover