the song
title : Sweet mountain of love
written by : Brian Wilson and Dave Sandler
song copyright : possibly © 1972 Brother Publishing Co.
source recording : ‘Spring’ (known in Britain as ‘American Spring’ for contractual reasons) comprised Brian Wilson’s wife Marilyn, her sister and a friend. Their only album was a collection of discarded Beach Boys material put together while Brian was suffering his mental troubles, and released in 1972 by United Artists. Dave Sandler, who had also worked with the Beach Boys, was one of the co-producers on the record. Eddi learnt this song from the Spring recording on a compilation tape sent to her years ago by a fan named Lucy. Possibly Lucy got hold of the 1989 re-issue of the album on See For Miles Records rather than the rare original.

the performance
musicians
Eddi Reader vocals, backing vocals
with :
Teddy Borowiecki piano, hammond organ
John Douglas ukelele
Stephen Douglas drums
Boo Hewerdine acoustic guitar
Alan Kelly accordion
Kevin McGuire double bass
Jack Maher acoustic and electric guitars
music
key : A major; verse feels B minor because of use of only II-III chords
time-signature : 4/4
tempo : MM 73
form : V B C V B C V B C c C
lyrics

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

Sweet mountain of love

I’m looking up
I see the sky
I look and wonder
when will I see you?

standing there
standing there
when will I see you?

in care of my sweet mountain of love
in care of my sweet mountain of love
in care of my sweet mountain of love

I see the lightning
I hear the thunder
it brings the rain
I want you closer

standing there
very close to me
in the soaking rain

in care of my sweet mountain of love
au fond de ma chère montagne d’amour
in care of my sweet mountain of love

I’m looking up {what do you see?}
I see a light {where does it shine?}
it shines for me {and does he know?}
I surely hope so

shine for him
shine for me
keep looking out

in care of my sweet mountain of love
in care of my sweet mountain of love
in care of my sweet mountain of love
in care of my sweet mountain of love


hah, oh-oh [repeated]

in care of my sweet mountain of love
in care of my sweet mountain of love {raindrops and candles and mountains??? [indistinct]}
in care of my sweet mountain of love
in care of my sweet mountain of love


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 : 4:55
song timing : 4:51
released on
album : Love is the way track 6