the song
title : Tibet
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 :
Bhupinder Chaggar tabla
Mark Chillington live drums, percussion
Eddi Reader lead vocal, backing vocal?
music
key : modal melody and harmony over the note C
time-signature : 4/4
tempo : MM 150
form : i v V C V C C C C V V C C C C V C C i
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):

Tibet

nurture feeling
it’s lovely into breathing
low the clouds beneath my feet
showed me how to trap and capture
we can move the god [our bodies]
let my ears hold the lovely wonderful
here in the water, made of water

you are beautiful and I am
you are beautiful and I am
you are beautiful and I am
you are beautiful
you are beautiful

oh yes there is beauty
with a covering of pepper
and heart and grey and life
we can see you
there you are
in the sea glorious
here in the glory
made of glory

you are beautiful and I am {red earth}
you are beautiful and I am {red earth}
you are beautiful and I am {red earth}
you are beautiful

you are beautiful and I am {red earth}
you are beautiful and I am {etc.}
you are beautiful and I am
you are beautiful

you are beautiful and I am
you are beautiful and I am
you are beautiful and I am
you are beautiful

you are beautiful and I am
you are beautiful and I am
you are beautiful and I am
you are beautiful
you are beautiful

keep our heart’s ache till it doesn’t hurt
teacakes and babies all wept with living here
one mirror-ball
one arm to the moon dancing barefoot
on the midnight beach
shallow and shining

oh yes there is beauty
with a covering of pepper
and heart and grey and life
we can see you
there you are
in the sea glorious
here in the glory
made of glory

you are beautiful and I am {red earth, beautiful | glory}
you are beautiful and I am {etc.}
you are beautiful and I am
you are beautiful

you are beautiful and I am
you are beautiful and I am
you are beautiful and I am
you are beautiful

you are beautiful and I am
you are beautiful and I am
you are beautiful and I am
you are beautiful

you are beautiful and I am
you are beautiful and I am
you are beautiful and I am
you are beautiful
you are beautiful and I am

{you are beautiful and I am behind:}
keep our heart’s ache till it doesn’t hurt
teacakes and babies all wept with living here
one mirror-ball
one arm to the moon dancing barefoot
on the midnight beach
shallow and shining
made of sparkles
here in the sparks
here in the sparks

you are beautiful and I am {red earth, beautiful | the sparks}
you are beautiful and I am {etc.}
you are beautiful and I am
you are beautiful

you are beautiful and I am
you are beautiful and I am
you are beautiful and I am
you are beautiful


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 : 6:00
song timing : 5:56
released on
album : Head track 3