the song
title : Should I pray?
written by : John Douglas and Eddi Reader
song copyright : © 2006 John Douglas (PRS)/Copyright control
source recording : not exactly a source, but John Douglas and his mates in the Trashcan Sinatras (including Eddi’s brother Frank) later recorded this for their In the music album (2009), where the writing is credited to the band and Eddi
Eddi said
This is about faith and doubt. Some people’s faith, I have noticed, can lead to somewhere scary… John Douglas came up with this song. I added a last line.
Peacetime CD booklet

the performance
Eddi Reader vocal
with :
Roy Dodds drums, percussion
John Douglas acoustic and electric guitars
Boo Hewerdine acoustic guitar
John McCusker piano
and guests :
Alan Kelly accordion
Kevin McGuire double bass
key : C major
time-signature : 4/4
tempo : MM 67
form : v V B C v B C Vx

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

Should I pray?

should I pray?
is it safe?
put my faith in rewards
somewhere a lifetime away?

lose all of my friends to these prayers?
lose the rest of my life to these prayers?

it don’t look safe
to have faith

– electric guitar solo

am I talking to myself in these prayers?
or will it lead me to somewhere in death?

it don’t look safe
to have faith

should I pray?
is it safe? ah-ha
lose a life, lose a love
lose it all my friend
lose a life, lose a love
lose it all my friend
lose a life, lose a love
lose it all my friend
lose a life, lose a love
lose it all my friend


in the Trashcan Sinatras’ recording the closing section acts as the chorus, occuring after the first verse and bridge as well as after the second; in it, also, the phrase ‘lose it all my friend’ becomes ‘losin’ all my friends’ (according to the lyrics’ sheet – in practice, it is difficult to hear the difference)

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 : 3:18
song timing : 3:12
released on
album : Peacetime track 8