the song
title : That’s fair
written by : Eddi Reader
song copyright : © 1991? MCA Music Ltd

the performance
musicians
Eddi Reader vocal, percussion
Neill MacColl guitars, autoharp
Phil Steriopulos double bass
Roy Dodds percussion
music
key : G major
time-signature : 2/4
tempo : MM 104
form : V R V R R M V M′ R M″ N
lyrics

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

That’s fair

yeah, yeah, yeah

one day I’m gonna buy you a diamond ring and spit right on it
then I’m gonna wipe it with the bottom of my skirt and give it to you
I won’t have everything, but you have all of me and
I’ll have nothing of you
oh but that’s fair {mmm, is it?}, that’s fair {mmm, is it?}
{mmm, is it? mmm, is it? etc.}
that’s perfectly fair {mmm, is it? mmm}

I’m a-gonna gather wood for a fire and take it to your house
you will be as warm as toast and I’ll be freezing
you might say I’ve gone a bit too far and I say not far enough
and then you’d shut me in the coal bunker
hey, that’s fair {mmm, is it?}, that’s fair {mmm, is it? mmm, is it? mmm, is it?}
that’s perfectly fair {mmm, is it? mmm, is it? etc.}
that’s fair, that’s fair {mmm, is it? mmm, is it?}
that’s fair enough {mmm, is it? mmm}

the way we two talk – it’s an absolute disgrace
you don’t like the way I walk – and I’ve never really liked your face

that’s fair enough
that’s fair, that’s fair

how about a nice slice of bread, here have all of mine
why not, you’ve got everything else {yeah, yeah, yeah}
well, I’ve got feelings too you know, but then again you’re right I’ve none
for I am but a little girlie, girlie, girlie, girlie, girlie, girlie…

there’s two little words slipped pass between us
I love and I hate
there’s two words that mean absolutely nothing
I love and I hate
that’s fair {mmm, is it?}, that’s fair {mmm, is it? mmm, is it? mmm, is it?}
that’s fair enough {mmm, is it?, mmm, is it? mmm, is it?}
that’s fair, that’s fair {mmm, is it? mmm, is it? etc.}

yeah, yeah, yeah
ah, two little words
dum-di-dum…
where we two talk {mmm, is it?}
that’s fair enough {mmm, is it?}
that’s fair enough {mmm, is it?}
dum-di-dum
where we two talk {mmm, is it?}
where we two talk {mmm, is it?}
where we two talk {mmm, is it?}
dum-di-dah-yeah
where we two talk {mmm, is it?}
where we two talk

{is it?}

explanations
I haven’t been able to confirm this in a printed source, but I believe that the actions described in the first verse constitute a form of marriage in gipsy(?) or some other culture.

the recording
personnel
produced by : Eddi Reader and the Patron Saints of Imperfection
recorded by : Terry Medhurst at Helicon Mountain Studio, London?
mixed by : Terry Medhurst? at Helicon Mountain Studio?
mastered by : ? at Townhouse?
technical
track timing : 4:44
song timing : m:ss
released on
album : Mirmama track 7
single : Dear John CD track 4

commentary
this can be seen as a companion piece to ‘All or nothing’ on the same album
Adrian Dover