the song
title : Wings on my heels
written by : Boo Hewerdine
song copyright : © 1998 Chrysalis Music Ltd

the performance
musicians
Eddi Reader vocal
Boo Hewerdine acoustic guitar
Johnny Scott acoustic and electric guitar?, mandolin
Calum MacColl electric, slide and high-strung guitar, dulcimer, zither ?
Teddy Borowiecki melodica, accordion?
Tim Harries 5-string electric bass, acoustic bass
Roy Dodds drums, percussion
with :
The Electra Strings strings
music
key : B flat major
time-signature : 6/8
tempo : MM 36 (quaver = 108)
form : vr VR VR M VR vr M VR m m′
lyrics

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

Wings on my heels

I never was too good at dancing
somewhere I’d step out of line
but I know that I had
wings on my heels

when they played
in three-quarter time

the pride of the north-end would swagger
the blades from the south-side would shine
but I know those boys
would hold on for dear life

when they played
in three-quarter time

one by one
they pulled down those mirrored halls
one by one
the winters came, forgetting names

and I never learned how to sweet talk
those are the words I can’t find
but I had a tongue of pure silver

when they played
in three-quarter time

– piano solo

one by one
they pulled down those mirrored halls
one by one
the winters came, forgetting names

and money might slip through my fingers
and there won’t be much to call mine
but I’ll know that I had
wings on my heels…

when they played
in three-quarter time


{vocalise}

explanations
I confess to not being sure whether north end and south side refer to parts of a particular city (Glasgow?) or are just generic names for rival gangs.

The mirrored halls are palais-de-dance, public dance halls, popular until the 1960s.

the recording
personnel
produced by : Eddi Reader and Boo Hewerdine
co-produced by : Rafe McKenna
recorded by : Barry Hammond at Chipping Norton Studios in 1997-04
mixed by : Rafe McKenna at Britannia Row Studios and/or The Roundhouse Studios, London
mastered by : ? at ?
technical
track timing : 4:45
song timing : m:ss
released on
album : Angels & electricity track 4