the song
title : When I watch you sleeping
written by : Mark E. Nevin
song copyright : © 1991 MCA Music Ltd

the performance
Eddi Reader vocal
Teddy Borowiecki piano, keyboards
Mark E. Nevin guitar
Greg Penny percssion
David Piltch bass
Roy Dodds drums
key : B minor
time-signature : 4/4 + 5/4
tempo : MM 112
form : VR VR M VR vr P

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

When I watch you sleeping

when I watch you sleeping
I see myself for what I am
and the secret I’ve been keeping
it’s more than I can stand
oh I’ve tried but can’t ignore
what I know in heaven saw

that’s why when I watch you sleeping
I cry
ah-hah, mmm, oh-ah

there’s a number in my pocket
that I should really lose
and your picture in my locket
smiles so warm and true
oh my heart grows ever cold
at the thought of the lies I’ve told

that’s why when I watch you sleeping
I cry
ah-hah, mmm, oh-ah

if I confess
would you forgive me
or if I pretend
will this emptiness
always be with me

when I hear you talking
with your unquestioning faith
I stop our eyes from meeting
I turn my face away
why should you pay for the crime
when all the blame is mine

that’s why when I watch you sleeping
I cry
oh, mmm-ah, ah-ah


the recording
produced by : Greg Penny
recorded by : Jon Ingoldsby at El Mirador, Ojai, California; basic track at Oceanway, LA assisted by Steve Holroyd
mixed by : Jon Ingoldsby assisted by Andy Strange at Air Studios, London
mastered by : Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering, Los Angeles
track timing : 4:37
song timing : m:ss
released on
album : Eddi Reader track 10

It’s an old trick, but nonetheless effective for that, to use the odd extra beat in the verse and the regularise the bar length for contrast in the chorus and/or middle eight. One of my favourite Mark E. Nevin songs.
Adrian Dover