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

the performance
Eddi Reader vocal
Mark E. Nevin acoustic guitar
Simon Edwards guitaron (Mexican acoustic bass)
Roy Dodds drum kit, percussion
with :
Kim Burton accordian [sic]
key : F minor
time-signature : 6/8
tempo : MM 46
form : ¼v V ½v V ½v V v

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

Fairground attraction

children with candyfloss
and prizes of goldfish
young men kill tin ducks
in sharp shooter poses
the laughter of the lovers
on the rickety stairs
the rumble of the diesel
and the sounds of the fair

an old gypsy lady
in soft Spanish whispers
took my hands in hers
and told me their secrets
“your heart is a fire
and his love is an ember
you must forget
what you’ll always remember”

– with vocalise

superstitious nonsense
just a fairground attraction
I walked through the neons
in search of distraction
but the tears in my eyes
knew the truth in my heart
she’d only confirmed
what I knew at the start


the recording
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 ?
track timing : 2:23
song timing : m:ss
released on
album : First of a million kisses track 5
album : Fairground Attraction (comp.) track 16
album : Best selection (comp., Japan) track 10
album : Perfect : the best of Fairground Attraction (comp.) track 4
album : The very best of Fairground Attraction (comp.) track 3
album : The masters (comp.) track 5
album : Perfect (comp., US?) track 14
album : The best of Fairground Attraction (comp., Japan) track 1
album : The very best of Fairground Attraction (comp.) track 17