the song
title : Clare
written by : Mark E. Nevin
song copyright : © 1988 BMG Entertainment International UK & Ireland Ltd

the performance
musicians
Eddi Reader vocals
Mark E. Nevin acoustic and electric guitars
Simon Edwards guitaron (Mexican acoustic bass)
Roy Dodds drum kit, percussion
with :
Kim Burton honky-tonk piano
Will Hastie clarinet
music
key : C# minor
time-signature : 4/4
tempo : MM 192
form : i ¼v V C V C c C m p
lyrics

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

Clare

– clarinet flourish and half-verse

my baby’s love is called Clare
serpentine seductress, I can’t compare
my baby’s love is merciless to me
wailing like a hussy and laughing drunkenly

and over the rooftops when the stars prickle the skies
London is sleeping and the Mississippi moon shines
I hear them making love
I hear them making love

Clare was born in New Orleans
she grew up in the bars of Bourbon Street
back in the days of Marie Laveau
she learnt the ways of that old voodoo-o-o

and over the rooftops when the stars prickle the skies
London is sleeping and the Mississippi moon shines
I hear them making love
I hear them making love

– clarinet solo with vocalise

and over the rooftops when the stars prickle the skies
London is sleeping and the Mississippi moon shines
I hear them making love
I hear them making love

– clarinet solo with vocalise

I hear them making love
I hear them making love
I hear them making love
{vocalise}
I hear them making love
I hear them making love
[etc.]

explanations
Marie Laveau (erroneously spelt ‘Lavernau’ in the booklet lyrics, but pronounced correctly by Eddi on the recording) was one of the leaders of the voodoo sect in Louisiana in the mid-nineteenth century. Together with “Dr John”, she exercised great control over the black community in the 1850s. Her influence even penetrated white society where ladies would pay high prices for good luck charms (information from Black New Orleans, 1860-1880 / John W. Blassingame. – Chicago, London : University of Chicago Press, 1973. – ISBN 0-226-05707-0). Marie is well represented on the web, especially in good-luck and spell-casting sites, but for a (slightly) more restrained approach try Parascope’s The Voodoo queen.

the recording
personnel
produced by : Fairground Attraction and Kevin Moloney
recorded by : Kevin Moloney, assisted by Alistair Johnson at Chipping Norton Studios
mixed by : Kevin Moloney at ?
mastered by : ? at ?
technical
track timing : 3:15
song timing : m:ss
released on
album : First of a million kisses track 7
single : Clare track 1
album : Best selection (comp., Japan) track 9
album : Perfect : the best of Fairground Attraction (comp.) track 6
album : The very best of Fairground Attraction (comp.) track 5
album : The masters (comp.) track 10
album : Perfect (comp., US?) track 6
album : The best of Fairground Attraction (comp., Japan) track 6
album : The very best of Fairground Attraction (comp.) track 4

commentary
if Clare really “learnt the ways of that old voodoo”   “back in the days of Marie Laveau”, she must be a real old bag by now! or has she learnt the secret of eternal youth?