the song
title : St Christopher
written by : Eddi Reader and Boo Hewerdine
song copyright : © 1998 Warner Music UK Ltd / Chrysalis Music Ltd

the performance
musicians
Eddi Reader vocal
Boo Hewerdine acoustic guitar, backing vocal
Johnny Scott acoustic and electric guitars?
Calum MacColl electric guitar, high-strung guitar?, backing vocal?
Teddy Borowiecki Hammond organ, keyboards?
Tim Harries 5-string electric bass?
Roy Dodds drums, percussion
music
key : E major
time-signature : 4/4
tempo : MM 110
form : i ½v V R V R M ½v′ M V Rx v p
lyrics

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

St Christopher

{vocalise}

St Christopher where will you go?
it has been decided you’re a saint no more

they took away
they took away your name

St Christopher now you’ll never ride
on taxicab dashes and sky-writing planes

they took away
they took away your name

the lost on weary nights
who will watch over
and lovers who travel in hope
ooh-oo-oo-ooh, oo-oo-ooh, oo-oo-ooh, ooh

the lost on weary nights
who will watch over
and lovers who travel in hope
ooh-oo-oo-ooh, oo-oo-ooh, oo-oo-ooh

so Christopher what happens now
no prayer’s to be answered
no blessings made

they took away
they took away
they took away
they took away your name

– vocalise

explanations
St Christopher, popularly the patron saint of travellers, was removed from the universal calendar of Saints of the Roman Catholic Church in 1969 after their major review of ‘legendary’ saints. Further details can be found on the relevant page of Catholic Online Saints.

the recording
personnel
produced by : Eddi Reader and Boo Hewerdine
co-produced by : Rafe McKenna ?
recorded by : Barry Hammond at Chipping Norton Studios in 1997-04 ?
mixed by : Rafe McKenna at Britannia Row Studios and/or The Roundhouse Studios, London ?
mastered by : ? at ?
technical
track timing : 4:14
song timing : m:ss
released on
album : Angels & electricity [WPCR-1990, Japan only] track 15

commentary
I think this song and performance are best described as ‘wistful’. The repeated phrase “they took away” reminds me strongly, in its setting and vocal performance, of Jane Siberry, which Eddi must know through the Teddy Borowiecki connection.
Adrian Dover