the song
title : Town without pity
written by : Dimitri Tiomkin and Ned Washington
song copyright : © ?
source recording : this was a hit for Gene Pitney, in the 1960s I think, but I haven’t got any source details, sorry.

the performance
musicians
Eddi Reader lead vocal
Teddy Borowiecki piano, organ
Calum MacColl acoustic and electric guitars
David Piltch acoustic bass
Roy Dodds drums
with :
The Electra Strings :
Jules Singleton, Sonia Slaney,
Sally Herbert, Anna Hemery,
Jocelyn Pook, Claire Orsler,
Dinah Beamish and Sian Bell
strings
Sid Gauld trumpet
Misses La La backing vocals
Richard Sidwell trumpet
Michael Smith tenor horn
Annie Whitehead trombone
music
key : D minor migrating through various keys and ending in E flat minor
time-signature : 12/8
tempo : MM 84
form : V C V C M V C ½v ½V C C
lyrics

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

Town without pity

when you’re young and so in love and free
and bewildered by the world you see
why do people hurt you so?
only those in love would know
what a town without pity can do

when we stop to gaze upon a star
people talk about how mad we are
ours is such an evil age
we’re like flowers in a cage
what a town without pity can do

yeah, we have problems, many problems
we need an understanding heart
why don’t they help us, try to help us?
before this grey and granite planet falls apart

take these eager lips and hold me fast
I’m afraid this kind of joy can’t last
how can we keep love alive?
how can anything survive?
when these little minds tear you in two
what a town without pity can do

how we can we keep love alive?
how can anything survive?
when these little minds tear you in two
what a town without pity can do

no it isn’t very pretty
what a town without pity… can do


the recording
personnel
produced by : Eddi Reader and Teddy Borowiecki
recorded by : Gerry O’Riordan assisted by Dan Gilliland, Mark Chambers and Ron Warshow at The Snake Ranch, Lots Road, Chelsea, London
mixed by : David Bottrill at Eden Studios, Acton, London
mastered by : Tim Young at Metropolis
technical
track timing : 2:48
song timing : m:ss
released on
album : Candyfloss and medicine (UK, Japan) track 2
single : Town without pity CD 1 and CD 2 track 1
album : Seventeen stories: the best of Eddi Reader   (comp.) track 9

Eddi said
“I sort of wanted this to be out for last New Year, so that when folk got legless at Hogmany [sic] it would be part of their psyche. It represents all of that romantic naivety that I picked up on while watching the grown-ups singing at New Year parties. I really wanted to experience singing this so I did it.”
Candyfloss and medicine press release
“I’m really into that torchy stuff – Marlene Dietrich, Gilda with Rita Hayworth – there’s something really attractive about it. I’ve always wanted to be able to get the heroin high of Billie Holiday without the heroin.”
[the feel of TWP is] “innocence mixed with complete debauchery; cynicism and naivete all in one go”.
Candyfloss and medicine - feature in Music Week 1996-06-15
When introducing TWP live: “this is an attempt at irony that didn’t quite come off”   (or words to that effect)
Candyfloss and medicine tour - Wolverhampton show 1996-07-24