the song
title : Wonderful lie
written by : Eddi Reader and Boo Hewerdine
song copyright : © 1993 Redemption Songs Ltd (50%); Dizzy Heights Music Publishing Ltd (50%) administered by Chrysalis Music Ltd

the performance
musicians
Eddi Reader vocal, backing vocals
Teddy Borowiecki piano, keyboards, accordian [sic]
Dean Parks guitars
David Piltch bass
Greg Penny drums
Curt Bisquera shakers
music
key : G major
time-signature : 12/8
tempo : MM 69
form : V B V B C M V B′ C P
lyrics

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

Wonderful lie

oh-ooh-ah
mmm-hah

I remember all of this in slow motion
every tawdry detail
the dust caught in the sun in your kitchen
empty words saying nothing

I nearly forgot who I was
I nearly forgot who I was
I nearly forgot who I was
I nearly forgot who I was

the church behind the road, a couple kissing
oh, and both of us know what that means
well I’d rather have that kiss than what is missing
say anything you like and I’ll believe you

I nearly forgot who I was
I nearly forgot who I was
I nearly forgot who I was
I nearly forgot who I was

what a wonderful lie
what a wonderful lie
what a wonderful lie
what a wonderful lie
what’s the truth ever done for me?
I don’t know
so tell me again
tell me again
tell me again

your wonderful lie

all I want is, is something I can’t have
if you can’t tell the truth then make it a wonderful lie

I’ve seen you dance with all your heroes
ah, each different doll in Judy Garland shoes
and if they can dance then why oh why can’t I—

{I nearly forgot who I was
I nearly forgot who I was
}
why can’t I
{I nearly forgot who I was
I nearly forgot who I was
} oh

what a wonderful lie
what a wonderful lie
what a wonderful lie
what a wonderful lie
what’s the truth ever done for me?
I don’t know
so tell me again
tell me again
tell me again

your wonderful lie

your wonderful lie
ah-oo-ee-ah
your wonderful lie

explanations
I’m sorry I have no explanation for the reference to “each different doll in Judy Garland shoes”, apart from the obvious one to dancing – help please

the recording
personnel
produced by : Greg Penny
recorded by : Jon Ingoldsby at El Mirador, Ojai, California
mixed by : Jon Ingoldsby assisted by Andy Strange at Air Studios, London
mastered by : Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering, Los Angeles
technical
track timing : 4:32
song timing : m:ss
released on
album : Eddi Reader track 11
single : Nobody lives without love track 2
album : Seventeen stories: the best of Eddi Reader   (comp.) track 7