the song
title : Elation
written by : The Levellers
song copyright : © 1997 Empire Music Ltd

the performance
musicians
Mark Chadwick lead vocal, acoustic guitar
Jon Sevink violin
Simon Friend banjo
Jeremy Cunningham bass guitar
Charlie Heather drums
with :
Steve Broughton keyboards
Eddi Reader opening solo ‘wail’, backing vocal
Christopher Taylor percussion
music
key : D minor
time-signature : 6/8
tempo : MM 68
form : i ½v V ¼v V C V C ½v V C c′ c
lyrics

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

Elation


{aah-ee-ahh etc.}

oh there once was a man who had lost his own smile
and he wandered the country, mile after mile
never quite knowing what he wanted to find
for his heart it laid heavy with the weight of his mind

and he looked at the land through the tears in his eyes
for he knew that there were those who would will her to die
and he wept for his mother as he lay at her feet
and he heard a voice singing him softly to sleep

I’ll be your queen, I’ll be your mother, I’ll be your mystical child
be your best friend, your lover, your wife for all time
will there ever be another, in this life of mine
will there ever be another like my {aah-ee-ahh behind:} mystical child

so he climbed a high hill and he looked out to see
{ee-aah etc. behind:} and he heard a voice calling out softly to him
“open your heart boy, for it needs to be free
and the next time you’re crying come running to me”

I’ll be your queen, I’ll be your mother, I’ll be your mystical child
be your best friend, your lover, your wife for all time
will there ever be another, in this life of mine
will there ever be another like my mystical child


{aah-ee-ahh etc.}

so he walked through the valleys, the trees and the fields
and he came {aah behind:} to a river where she waited for him
and they looked at the water of life flowing by
and he heard a voice saying “you’re not alone in the fight”

I’ll be your queen, I’ll be your mother, I’ll be your mystical child
be your best friend, your lover, your wife for all time
will there ever be another, in this life of mine
will there ever
be another like my {aah behind:} mystical child


{mm-aah etc.}
will there ever be another like my mystical child
{ooh-aah-ee-aah etc.}


the recording
personnel
produced by : Jon Kelly
recorded by : Andrew Scarth at Metway, Brighton
mixed by : Andrew Scarth? assisted by Lee Phillips at Westside Studios
mastered by : Tim Young at Metropolis
technical
track timing : 5:49
song timing : 5:45
released on
album : Mouth to mouth track 8