the song
title : The shepherd’s song
written by : traditional melody; words by Eddi Reader and John Douglas; brass arrangement by Matt Broadbent, Richard Evans, Gavin Hall, Michael Howley and Nick Stones
song copyright : melody: none; words © 2006 Chrysalis Music Ltd / John Douglas (PRS)
source recording : as Eddi explains in the booklet note, she learnt this melody as a child (probably from the Canteloube arrangement for soprano and orchestra, see commentary) and wrote her words, with John Douglas, for a Christmas concert where the band of the Coldstream Guards were available to accompany her

the performance
Eddi Reader vocal
with :
John Douglas acoustic guitar
and guests :
Matt Broadbent tuba
Richard Evans cornet
Gavin Hall flugel horn
Michael Howley euphonium
Paul Livingston acoustic guitar
Nick Stones french horn
key : B flat major, modulating to C major
time-signature : 4/4
tempo : MM 63
form : v V V v V v ½v

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

The shepherd’s song

– cornet with tune

snow, a blanket of snow has fallen
and I’m calling for my little lost ones
only in my arms you’ll stay
far from harm’s way

hold each other tight you’ll be alright
I was once a lost one
out abandoned in the snow
but now I know

– cornet with tune, guitar accompaniment

near, I will appear beside you
when you’re falling, oh my little lost one
and in my loving arms you’ll stay
far from harm’s way

– modulating

and in my loving arms you’ll stay
far from harm’s way

the recording
produced by : John McCusker
recorded by : Andy Seward at Pure Records Studio, Yorkshire, 2006;
possible additional recording at PawPaw Productions and Park Lane Studios, Glasgow;
additional engineering by Paul McGeechan and Keith Bird (at Park Lane?), Iain Graham (at PawPaw?) and Joe Rusby (at Pure?)
mixed by : Andy Seward assisted by John McCusker and Boo Hewerdine at Pure Records Studio, Yorkshire?
mastered by : Calum Malcolm in ?
signal path : DDD
track timing : 3:36
song timing : 3:31
released on
album : Peacetime track 6

this melody is best known in the sumptuous arrangement for soprano and orchestra by Marie-Joseph Canteloube (1879-1957), in his first series of Chants d’Auvergne (songs from the Auvergne region), where it is known as ‘Baïlèro’
Adrian Dover