the song
title : Cruel
written by : Thomas Dolby
song copyright : © 1992 Lost Toy People administered by WB Music Corp.

the performance
musicians
Thomas Dolby vocal, keyboards
Eddi Reader guest vocal
Matthew Seligman fretless bass
music
key : modulates throughout
time-signature : 4/4
tempo : MM 122
form : V C ½V½v C′ ½V p
lyrics

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

Cruel

{Thomas:}
cruel – what a thing to do
I’ve been cruel to you such a long time
and how can I hide my shame
’cos there I go again at the wrong time

{Eddi:}
and I know that it was just the fear of flying
and I know it’s hard to keep myself from crying
when my tears are washed away you’ll still be blind
skin-diving for jewels

{Thomas:}
you were a shining pearl
in a broken shell under moonlight
and I was cruel

{Eddi:}
and I know that it was {I know behind:} just the fear of flying
and I know it’s hard {I know} to keep myself from crying {crying}
but when my tears are washed away I’ll still be blind
skin-diving for jewels

{Thomas:}
cruel – I’ve been such a fool
and I’ll be missing you such a long time
I was cruel


{aah, cruel, aah etc.}

explanations
there are other vocal effects in the accompaniment, probably sampled rather than overdubbed, and I haven’t attempted to add them to this transcription

the recording
personnel
produced by : Thomas Dolby
recorded by : Thomas Dolby in Los Angeles, London and/or Louisiana
mixed by : Thomas Dolby at ?
mastered by : ? at ?
technical
track timing : 3:09
song timing : 3:05
released on
album : Astronauts & heretics track 2

commentary
Eddi sings the lead on the sections I have labelled as the chorus, with Thomas joining on the last two lines. She also contriubtes her characteristic vocalise to the playout.
Adrian Dover