the song
title : Away from the heat
written by : David Hughes
song copyright : © 1984 Tritec Music Ltd

the performance
musicians
David Hughes vocals, guitar?
? [female] lead vocal
? keyboards/programming?
Andy Herbert bass
? drums, percussion
Eddi Reader backing vocals
with :
The Kick Horns :
Simon C. Clarke saxophones
Tim Sanders saxophones
Roddy Lorimer trumpet
B[arbara] S[now] ‘horn’ [trumpet?]
music
key : F major
time-signature : 4/4
tempo : MM 102
form :
extended Harlem mix : i v C ½i V C ½i V C M M B C C i′ i′ i′ p
radio mix : i V C ½i V C M M B C C i′
lyrics

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

Away from the heat (extended Harlem mix)

{keep away, ’way from the heat}

I don’t want to end life
on the end of a sharp knife
in some lonely subway
far away from my own place
I just want to live life
on the top of a mountain
like the holy people
not the lonely people

{keep away, ’way from the heat
no-no
}

don’t put your energy
into a man with a problem
don’t put your energy
into a man who is lonely
who needs warmth and affection
and is in need of protection

I don’t want to end life
on the end of a sharp knife
in some lonely subway
far away from my own place
I just want to live life
on the top of a mountain
like the holy people
not the lonely people

{keep away, ’way from the heat}

hides from the street light
in a bar on a dark night
on a ramp on the west side
will commit sensual suicide
with the lost and the lonely
the lost and the lonely

{ah, ah continues}
I don’t want to end life
on the end of a sharp knife
in some lonely subway
far away from my own place
I just want to live life {away from the heat}
on the top of a mountain
like the holy people {away from the heat}
not the lonely people

I live my life by being lonely
{away from the street crime, hustle junkie}
I live my life by being lonely
{away from the heat, away from the energy}

I live my life by being lonely
{away from the street crime, hustle junkie}
I live my life by being lonely
{away from the heat, away from the energy}

I don’t want to end life
on the end of a sharp knife
in some lonely subway

far away from my own place
I just want to live life
{away from the heat}
on the top of a mountain
like the holy people
{away from the heat}
not the lonely people

I don’t want to end life {away from the heat}
on the end of a sharp knife
in some lonely subway
{away from the heat}
far away from my own place
I just want to live life
{away from the heat}
on the top of a mountain
like the holy people
{away from the heat}
not the lonely people

{keep away, ’way from the heat
keep away, ’way from the heat
keep away, ’way from the heat
keep away, ’way from the heat
}

{keep away, ’way from the heat
keep away, ’way from the heat
keep away, ’way from the heat
keep away, ’way from the heat
}

{keep away, ’way from the heat
keep away, ’way from the heat
keep away, ’way from the heat
keep away, ’way from the heat
}

explanations
this transcription is much more reliable than my other ‘Outbar’ ones because the words appear on the sleeve against the cover illustrations (see the reproduction on the page for the single – they are towards the left-hand side of the cover); the sections are not actually in the same order as they appear in the recording, but they are all there!

the recording
personnel
produced by : Geoff Gurd
recorded by : ? at ?
mixed by : ? at ?
remixed by : Steve Thompson and Michael Barbiero at ?
mastered by : ? at ?
technical
track timing : 5:54
song timing : m:ss
released on
single : Away from the heat tracks A1 and B2

commentary
Eddi only provides backing vocals on this track: the verses are sung by the other female singer in the band (does anyone know her name, please?); David Hughes only provides lead vocal in the middle eights
Adrian Dover