the song
title : High on a hill
written by : Kate Rusby
song copyright : © 2007 Pure Records Ltd

the performance
musicians
Kate Rusby lead vocal
with :
Ian Carr (acoustic) guitar
Eddi Reader harmony vocal
Andy Seward banjo
Donald Shaw harmonium
Chris Thile harmony vocal
Ewan Vernal double bass
and brass :
Ian Shires cornet
Greg Timmins cornet
Jim Fletcher tenor horn
Michael Dodd euphonium
Andy Duncan tuba
music
key : B flat major
time-signature : 4/4
tempo : MM 130
form : ½v V C V C v c′ V C V C″x
lyrics

High on a hill

high on a hill there’s a sweet bird calling
all come together, are you in or are you out?
he sings of a time when the sky was falling
all come together and be in no doubt

oh darling, let’s go over now the devil’s here
oh darling, let’s go over now the devil’s here
and oh darling, oh my darling, be strong and be proud
oh darling, then you’ll see the devil will go round
round, round

high on a hill and way up yonder
all come together, are you in or are you out?
eleventh day was hell, but the heart grows stronger
all come together and be in no doubt

oh darling, let’s go over now the devil’s here
oh darling, let’s go over now the devil’s here
and oh darling, oh my darling, be strong and be proud
oh darling, then you’ll see the devil will go round

round {round} round


with brass in chorus

over the fields, where the water’s falling
all come together, are you in or are you out?
there’s a bird on a hill and he’s sweetly calling
all come together and be in no doubt

oh darling, let’s go over now the devil’s here
oh darling, let’s go over now the devil’s here

and oh darling, oh my darling, be strong and be proud
oh darling, then you’ll see the devil will go round
round, round

high on a hill there’s a sweet bird calling
all come together, are you in or are you out?
he sings of a time when the sky was falling
all come together and be in no doubt

oh darling, let’s go over now the devil’s here
oh darling, {oh} let’s go over now the devil’s here
oh darling, {oh} let’s go over now the devil’s here
oh darling, let’s go over now the devil’s here
and oh darling, oh my darling, be strong and be proud
oh darling then you’ll see the devil will go round
and oh darling, oh my darling, be strong and be proud
oh darling then you’ll see the devil will go round
round, round

explanations
the majority of the backing vocal is provided by Chris Thile (a male voice, shown in the above lyrics by dark cyan text); Eddi adds a third harmony line in the third chorus and the extended closing chorus (shown in normal ‘with backing vocal’ green text);

the recording
personnel
produced by : Kate Rusby (and Joe helped)
recorded by : Joe Rusby at Pure Studios, Yorkshire; additional engineering by Andy Seward
mixed by : Joe Rusby at Pure Studios, Yorkshire
mastered by : Bunt Stafford-Clark at Town House
technical
signal path : DDD
track timing : 4:30
song timing : 4:28
released on
album : Awkward Annie track 4

commentary
see the note with the lyrics (above) for a description of Eddi’s contribution
Adrian Dover