the song
title : Who knows where the time goes
written by : Sandy Denny
song copyright : © 1967 Sonet Music
source recording : Sandy Denny, recorded this song quite a few times, if one includes official live recordings. The best known if the one on Fairport Convention’s Unhalfbricking album (1968) – (see the commentary below).

the performance
musicians
Eddi Reader lead vocal
Teddy Borowiecki acoustic guitar, bass, accordion ?
Boo Hewerdine acoustic guitar ?
Roy Dodds not on this one?
with :
Johnny Scott ? electric guitar
music
key : D major
time-signature : 4/4
tempo : MM 74
form : V R V R V R
lyrics

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

Who knows where the time goes

across the evening sky
all the birds are leaving
but how could they know
that it’s time for them to go?
before the winter fire
I will still be dreaming
I have no thought of time

for who knows where the time goes?
and who knows where the time goes?

sad deserted shores
your fickle friends are leaving
but how can they know
when it’s time for them to go—
but I will still be here
I have no thought of leaving
I do not count the time

for who knows where the time goes?
and who knows where the time goes?

and I am not alone
while my love is near
I know it will be so
till it’s time for me to go
so come the storms of winter
and bring the birds in spring again
I have no fear of time

for who knows how my love grows?
and who knows where the time goes?


{vocalise}


the recording
personnel
produced by : Eddi Reader and Teddy Borowiecki
recorded by : Teddy Borowiecki in Eddi’s house and garden, Battersea, London – 1996-06
mixed by : Teddy Borowiecki at ?
mastered by : Tim Young at Metropolis
technical
track timing : 5:52
song timing : m:ss
released on
single : Medicine CD 2 track 4

commentary
One of Sandy Denny’s earliest songs, first recorded by her with the Strawbs. Her classic version, with Fairport Convention, appears on their Unhalfbricking album (1969). It is believed that Eddi recorded this song in anticipation of an appearance at Fairport’s annual Cropredy Festival in 1996, but was unable to take part there because of illness. No matter, it’s a song which deserves to be recorded by a singer of Eddi’s sensitivity for any reason at all.
Adrian Dover