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

the performance
musicians
Eddi Reader vocal
Mark E. Nevin acoustic guitar
Simon Edwards guitaron (Mexican acoustic bass)
Roy Dodds drums, percussion
with :
Frances Knight accordian [sic]
Anthony Thistlethwaite mandolin
music
key : A minor
time-signature : 6/8
tempo : MM 61
form : v V v V C v C v v C v p   [note: ‘v’ sections have a counter melody]
lyrics

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

Winter rose

precious winter rose
beautiful and rare
precious winter rose
in the garden there

now there’s only thorns
in the garden there
all of the petals are tattered and torn
scattered everywhere

and the hand that crushed the winter rose was mine
yes the hand that crushed the winter rose was mine


oh-ah-ee-ah

yes the hand that crushed the winter rose was mine, was mine
yes the hand that crushed the winter rose was mine
was mine


was mine
oh-ah-ee-ah

yes the hand that crushed the winter rose
was mine
so beautiful and rare

– with vocalise


the recording
personnel
produced by : Fairground Attraction and Kevin Moloney
recorded by : Kevin Moloney at Angel Studios, London – 1988-07
mixed by : Kevin Moloney at ?
mastered by : ? at ?
technical
track timing : 3:31
song timing : m:ss
released on
single : A smile in a whisper track 3
album : Ay fond kiss track 7
album : Fairground Attraction (comp.) track 9
album : Best selection (comp., Japan) track 2
album : The very best of Fairground Attraction (comp.) track 11
album : The best of Fairground Attraction (comp., Japan) track 11
album : The very best of Fairground Attraction (comp.) track 10

commentary
the hypnotic sway of this track, and Eddi’s genty sustained vocals, seem to me to point the way to her work for Elephant Talk on their Head album (1998)