the song
title : Heaven on earth
written by : Laurie Freelove
song copyright : 1991 Laurie Freelove, copyright control

the performance
musicians
Laurie Freelove lead vocal, acoustic guitar, voice
with :
Roland Denny uprite (sic) bass
Roy Dodds percussion, stick bass percussion
Boo Hewerdine electric guitar, voice
Henry Kadima electric bass
Laura Love additional vocals
Paul Pearcy drums, percussion
Eddi Reader additional vocals, voice
Leah Rummel keyboards
Donny Silverman additional voice
Phil Stereopulos stick bass
Paul Taylor didjeridoo
music
key : F sharp minor
time-signature : 4/4
tempo : MM 114
form : i v V B C V′ V B C V′ p
lyrics

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

Heaven on earth

there’s a light that plays in every shadow
while the moon, it tugs at ocean tides
there are roots growing underneath the gravel
this is life, eternal on the prowl

and it’s born into this living like a breath of ancient wild
we’re anchored to its wisdom we’re in the orbit of its power somehow
oh, but somehow

we are still longing soul after soul
dancing in shadows that fall from the moon
we are still yearning touch after touch
reaching to heaven for what’s here on this earth
here on this earth now, oh

oh, all that binds this fate to us is hidden away
is hidden away in gods and flags and walls of faith
that fear has some place
but fear has no place
fear has no place
fear has no place

there is love behind an angry eye
and there is hope inside a fearful heart
and this is truth just waiting to unravel
our lives are eternal in its power of, oh-oh

while the earth and moon are spinning romancing satellites
faithful to a rhythm, an extraordinary rhyme somehow
oh, but somehow

we are still longing soul after soul
dancing in shadows that fall from the moon
we are still yearning touch after touch
reaching to heaven for what’s here on this earth
her on this earth now, oh

oh, all that binds this fate to us is hidden away
is hidden away in gods and flags and walls of faith
that fear has some place
but fear has no place
fear has no place
fear has no place
fear has no place
fear has no place {etc.}

explanations
in addition to the marked backing vocals in the above transcription, Eddi provides many examples of her art from the opening instrumental verse onwards throughout the track, but these are placed well back in the mix and are thus difficult to transcribe: sometimes she vocalises and sometimes she seems to be singing words but they are not easily distinguished (so I haven’t attempted them); at the very end of the track, Eddi can be heard saying ‘…Spanish cabaret. Is that Spanish for chirpy chirpy, cheep cheep?’, presumably in the studio

the recording
personnel
produced by : Laurie Freelove with Boo Hewerdine, Chris Birkett and Kevin Moloney
recorded by : Kevin Moloney and Chris Birkett at various studios?
mixed by : ? at ?
mastered by : Noel Summerville at Transfermation Studios
technical
track timing : 6:16
song timing : 6:09
released on
album : Smells like truth track 5