the song
title : Wonderful lie
written by : Boo Hewerdine and Eddi Reader
song copyright : © 1993 Dizzy Heights Music Publishing Ltd administered by Chrysalis Music Ltd / copyright control

the performance
musicians
Clive Gregson guitars
Boo Hewerdine lead vocal, acoustic guitar
Eddi Reader backing vocals, tambourine?, acoustic guitar?
music
key : E major
time-signature : 12/8
tempo : MM 68
form : ½v V B V B C M ¼v m′ V′ B C p
lyrics

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

Wonderful lie

I remember all of this in slow motion {ah}
every tawdry detail
dust caught in the sun in your kitchen
empty words saying nothing

I nearly forgot who I was, I nearly forgot who I was
I nearly forgot who I was, I nearly forgot who I was

the church behind the road, a couple kissing {ah}
both of us know what that means
I’d rather have that kiss than what is missing {mmm-ah}
say anything you like and I’ll believe you

I nearly forgot who I was, I nearly forgot who I was
I nearly forgot who I was, I nearly forgot who I was

what a wonderful lie, what a wonderful lie
what a wonderful lie, what a wonderful lie
what’s the truth ever done for me? – I don’t know
so tell me again, tell me again
tell me again this wonderful lie

all I want is something I can’t have {in canon: all I want is something I can’t have}
if you can’t tell the truth then make it a wonderful lie

– electric guitar solo

I’ve seen you dance with all your heroes {ah}
each different doll in Judy Garland shoes
and if they can dance
then why, oh why can’t I?

I nearly forgot who I was, I nearly forgot who I was {why can’t I?}
I nearly forgot who I was, I nearly forgot who I was

what a wonderful lie, what a wonderful lie
what a wonderful lie, what a wonderful lie
what’s the truth ever done for me? – I don’t know
so tell me again, tell me again
tell me again this wonderful lie

this wonderful lie
this wonderful lie


the recording
personnel
produced by : Jon Kelly
recorded by : Tom Leader at Helicon Mountain Studio, London
mixed by : Tom Leader? at Westside, London
mastered by : ? at ?
technical
track timing : 4:10
song timing : 4:08
released on
single : Wonderful lie track 1

commentary
Eddi later recorded a solo version of this song and it was released on the album entitled Eddi Reader