the song
title : Wonderboy
written by : Ray Davies
song copyright : © 1967 Davray/Carlin Music Corp. (?)
source recording : the first appearance of this song was on The Kinks’ 1967 album Something else by the Kinks

the performance
musicians
Eddi Reader lead vocal
Teddy Borowiecki piano, accordian [sic]
Mark E. Nevin guitar
David Piltch bass
Roy Dodds drums
music
key : B flat major
time-signature : 4/4
tempo : MM 124
form : V V′ C V M C V
lyrics

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Wonderboy

la-la-la [etc.]

wonderboy, life’s just begun
turn your sorrow into wonder
dream alone, don’t sigh, don’t moan
life is only what you wonder
day is as light as your brightest dream
night is as dark as you feel it ought to be
time is as fast as the slowest thing
life is only…
wonderboy {wonderboy}
wonderboy

everybody’s looking for the sun
people strain their eyes to see

but I see and you see me
and ain’t that wonder
oh

wonderboy, some mother’s son
life is full of work and plunder
easy go life is not real
life is only what you conjour
wonderboy

let the wildest joy every single day
it’s the real McCoy
wonderboy

everybody’s looking for the sun
people strain their eyes to see

but I see and you see me
and ain’t that wonder

{la-la-la continues}
wonderboy, some mother’s son
turn your sorrow into wonder
dream alone go have your fun
life is only
life is o-o-only
life is only
wonderboy

explanations
the phrase “the real MacKay” is thought to have originated in the 1880s in Scotland, originally applied to whisky; later it was taken up in the United States and applied particularly to an outstanding boxer named McCoy in the 1890s – it is now used to mean just “the real thing”

the recording
personnel
produced by : Greg Penny
recorded by : Jon Ingoldsby assisted by Andy Strange at Oceanway, LA
mixed by : Jon Ingoldsby assisted by Andy Strange at Air Studios, London
mastered by : ? at ?
technical
track timing : 2:36
song timing : m:ss
released on
album : Eddi Reader (Japan, WPCR-45) track 14
single : Town without pity CD 1 track 3
single : Rebel angel track 3
album : Seventeen stories: the best of Eddi Reader   (comp.) track 16

commentary
this is one Eddi recording I personally could live without, although I do recognise the subtlety of the deliciously tongue-in-cheek performance
Adrian Dover