the song
title : Flyer
written by : Elephant Talk; lyrics and vocal melody by Eddi Reader
song copyright : © 1998 Maybey, Sykes, Greenfield / copyright control

the performance
musicians
Josef Greenfield tenor saxophone, hammer dulcimer, didgeridoo
Adrian Sykes synths and programming, flute, bamboo flute, jaw harp
Jon Maybey guitar, bass
with :
Mark Chillington live drums, percussion
Eddi Reader lead vocal, backing vocal?
music
key : D minor (modal melody)
time-signature : 4/4
tempo : MM 114
form : i ½v V V v v′ v″ i ½v V V
lyrics

this is my best shot at transcribing the lyrics, which are frequently obscure both in sound and in sense(!); they are provided for research and private study only (see above for copyright details):

Flyer

naked except for his tattooed and lovely
whiskey-flavoured kisses
call a halt to it when the searchlight’s fallen
he thinks of his hits and his misses
come and see me flying
it’s just alright
killing his time in escape and follow a beauty [morrwo?]

I’m not the only one my darling
you couldn’t get more frightened
if more than a million said your [mind’s?]
more than a million reasons
I’m here all summer
gather round
I thought that I could pull you open
but I don’t know about that

– including vocalise

naked except for his tattooed and lovely
whiskey-flavoured kisses
call a halt to it when the searchlight’s fallen
he thinks of his hits and his misses
come and see me flying
it’s just alright
killing his time in escape and follow a beauty [morrow?]

I’m not the only one my darling
you couldn’t get more frightened
if more than a million said your [mind’s?]
more than a million reasons
I’m here all summer
gather round
I thought that I could pull you open
but I don’t know about that

explanations
Eddi’s voice is mostly double tracked but usually singing exactly the same line: I have marked the lyric (such as I have been able to transcribe!) in the usual backing-vocal green when the two parts diverge

the recording
personnel
produced by : Dave Creffield
recorded by : Dave Creffield at Beaumont Street Studios, Huddersfield, England, April-November 1998; vocals recorded at Matrix Studios, London
mixed by : Dave Creffield and Elephant Talk at Beaumont Street Studios, Huddersfield, England
mastered by : ? in ?
technical
signal path : DDD
track timing : 6:05
song timing : 5:58
released on
album : Head track 1