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Eddi Reader: "Kiteflyer's Hill"

February 2, 2003

Singer/songwriter Eddi Reader performs "Kiteflyer's Hill," a tender look back at a lost love. With Thomas Dolby on piano.

Eddi Reader - Singer/songwriter
In her warm, glorious voice, Eddi Reader sings thoughtful songs about love, longing and introspection. Full bio

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This is about a place in London
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called Kiteflyer's Hill
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where I used to go and spend hours
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going "When is he coming back? When is he coming back?"
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So this is another one dedicated to that guy ...
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who I've got over.
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But this is "Kiteflyer's Hill."
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It's a beautiful song written by a guy called Martin Evan,
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actually, for me.
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Boo Hewerdine, Thomas Dolby,
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thank you very much for inviting me. It's been a blessing singing for you.
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Thank you very much.
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♫ Do you remember when we used to go ♫
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♫ up to Kiteflyer's Hill? ♫
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♫ Those summer nights, so still ♫
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♫ with all of the city beneath us ♫
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♫ and all of our lives ahead ♫
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♫ before cruel and foolish words ♫
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♫ were cruelly and foolishly said ♫
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♫ Some nights I think of you ♫
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♫ and then I go up ♫
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♫ on Kiteflyer's Hill ♫
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♫ wrapped up against the winter chill ♫
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♫ And somewhere in the city beneath me ♫
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♫ you lie asleep in your bed ♫
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♫ and I wonder if ever just briefly ♫
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♫ do I creep in your dreams now and then ♫
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♫ Where are you now? ♫
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♫ My wild summer love ♫
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♫ Where are you now? ♫
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♫ Have the years been kind? ♫
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♫ And do you think of me sometimes ♫
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♫ up on Kiteflyer's Hill? ♫
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♫ Oh, I pray you one day will ♫
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♫ We won't say a word ♫
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♫ We won't need them ♫
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♫ Sometimes silence is best ♫
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♫ We'll just stand in the still of the evening ♫
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♫ and whisper farewell to loneliness ♫
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♫ Where are you now? ♫
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♫ My wild summer love ♫
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♫ Where are you now? ♫
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♫ Do you think of me sometimes? ♫
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♫ And do you ever make that climb? ♫
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♫ Where are you now? ♫
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♫ My wild summer love ♫
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♫ Where are you now? ♫
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♫ Have the years been kind? ♫
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♫ And do you ever make that climb ♫
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♫ up on Kiteflyer's Hill? Kiteflyer's ... ♫
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♫ [French] ♫
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♫ Where are you? Where are you now? ♫
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♫ Where are you now? ♫
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♫ Kiteflyer's ... ♫
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(Applause)
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Gracias. Thank you very much.
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Eddi Reader - Singer/songwriter
In her warm, glorious voice, Eddi Reader sings thoughtful songs about love, longing and introspection.

Why you should listen

Scotland-born Eddi Reader was an '80s pop star in the UK, where her band Fairground Attraction had a #1 hit with the supercatchy "Perfect." Now, as a solo artist, her sounds has matured; quiet acoustic arrangements and gentle harmonies put her lush voice front and center. TED Music Director Thomas Dolby calls her his favorite singer of all time.

Albums such as Candyfloss and Medicine and Angels & Electricity established her as a thoughtful songwriter and interpreter, with an affinity for wistful songs of longing and loss -- and a nice sideline in what used to be called "message" songs, which call to the listener to think about war and peace, the Earth and our place in it.

Reader has also become a noted interpreter of the poems of Robert Burns. Her latest album, Peacetime, offers a compelling mix of Burns lyrics, traditional folk tunes and new songs written by Reader and her longtime songwriting partner, Boo Hewerdine. Fun fact: The title song on the album, "Peacetime," Eddi first learned backstage at her 2003 TED performance.

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