the song
title : Wild mountainside
written by : John Douglas
song copyright : copyright control 2001
Eddi said
“This song was written by John Richard Douglas of Irvine, Ayrshire. John plays and writes in the band The Trashcan Sinatras. I wanted to include this song because I wanted to show how poetry is alive and well in Burns country. Through the centuries it still breaths its way out of the sons and daughters of the west coast of Scotland. Also its a homecoming song. I found an appreciation of Burns along with my way home to Scotland.”
booklet note in her Burns albums (both original and deluxe editions)

the performance
musicians
Eddi Reader vocal
with :
Ian Carr? acoustic guitar
Phil Cunningham accordion, whistle
Christine Hanson cello
Boo Hewerdine acoustic guitar
John McCusker? whistle
Kate Rusby harmony vocal
Ewen Vernal double bass
Royal Scottish National Orchestra
conducted by Kevin McCrae 
strings, arranged by Kevin McCrae
1st violins: Edwin Paling, William Chandler, Tamas Fejes, Andrew Martin, Robert Yeomans, Barbara Paterson, Jane Reid, Gail Digney; 2nd violins: Rosalin Lazaroff, Jacqueline Speirs, Marion Wilson, Wanda Wojtasinska, Elizabeth Lloyd, Paul Medd; violas: John Harrington, Ian Budd, David Amon, Claire Dunn; cellos: Pauline Dowse, Jeremy Fletcher, Betsy Taylor, William Paterson; double basses: David Inglis, Robert Mitchell
music
key : D major
time-signature : 3/4
tempo : MM 87
form : VR VR M v M VRR P
lyrics

Wild mountainside

beauty is within grasp
hear the island’s call
the last mile is upon us
I’ll carry you if you fall
I know the armour’s heavy now
I know the heart is tired

it’s beautiful just over
the wild mountainside

snow is falling all over
out of clear blue sky
crow is flying high over
you and I are gonna wander
high up where the air is rare
wild horses ride

it’s beautiful, let’s go over
the wild mountainside

wild and free we roam
only a mile to go

– two whistles and orchestra

wild and free we roam
only a mile to go

beauty is within grasp
hear the highlands call
the last mile is upon us
I’ll carry you if you fall
I know the armour’s heavy now
I know the heart inside

it’s beautiful let’s go over
the wild mountainside
it’s beautiful just roaming
the wild mountainside

let’s go over
let’s go roaming
hear the highlands call
hear the highlands call


the recording
personnel
produced by : Boo Hewerdine
recorded by : Robert Rankin at CaVa Studios, Glasgow – 2003-01
mixed by : Jon Kelly
mastered by : Tim Young at Metropolis Studios, London
technical
signal path : DDD
song timing : 3:51
released on
album : Eddi Reader sings the songs of Robert Burns track 7   timing : 3:55
album : The songs of Robert Burns (deluxe edition) track 7   timing : 3:55

commentary
specially written to persuade Eddi back to Scotland