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refugee


composers
Music: Daniele Tignito
Lyrics: Jim Kerr


publisher
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background
"The prototype Lostboy! AKA track, it was also the first track conceived and I knew instantly that it would be the perfect album opener. In many ways it has all the ingredients that I hoped Lostboy! AKA would encapsulate, especially so with its supercharged vitality. Refugee is the calling inviting everyone to come into the world of Lostboy! AKA" - Jim

Refugee was the first song unveiled from the album. A short, instrumental edit of the first opening bars could be heard on the first incarnation of the Lostboy! AKA website; the same snippet being used by Sky Sports for the Scotland football game on the 4th March. "Unbelievable. Just been told that Sky Sports used the music of Lostboy! AKA during last night's live broadcast of the Scotland game. Apparently they used the intro to "Refugee" - the same snippet that can currently be heard on the Lostboy! homepage. Hard to believe indeed, equally hard to believe is that the team won their first friendly at home in 14 years. (Ouch!) The omens are good all round." - Jim

The full album track was exclusively premiered on Billy Sloan's show on the 7th March 2010, along with a specially remixed version by Simon Hayward especially created for the occasion. Both tracks were quickly made available through Lostboy's Youtube Channel.

"The remix is by Simon Hayward; heís very talented, a huge fan, and probably knows more about Simple Minds than me. But a few months ago he got in touch with an idea. He sent it to me and it was an idea that I got around to working on - perhaps it'll be on the follow up. Now the official recordings done, we're getting some remixes; Empires and Dance/Sons And Fascination style, and Simon earned a go and we're very happy with the results." - Jim

As a "thank-you" to fans for their support, the album mix of Refugee was made available as a download to all those who'd registered with the pre-launch website.

The Atmoxic remix was only available as a download with the album from iTunes. It was a stripped down basic version, and sounded more like the original demo than the final studio track.

"It was the first track that was written, probably about three years ago, but never had an arrangement. Jez Coad, whoís worked on the last two Simple Minds albums in the producer role, also worked on this but he played a lot of the music on this as well and itís a real supercharged song. Lyrically itís a call out to arguably a lost generation not to give up." - Jim

Four short versions of the song to be used as ringtones were made available by the official site in early June.



With the first bars of the first song Refugee youíre like in a time warp back in time Ė but itís not only looking back but looking forward as well?
When I listened to the first few songs as they were coming together apart from liking how it was falling together I was intrigued by a similar time element. With me that intrigue went a bit further because it just started to conjure up an atmosphere, the way you can remember a summer night 20 years ago from your balcony, you can remember it. It conjured up an atmosphere in my head of when [I was] the age of 18 to 22, wanting to make that kind of music, wanting to make it with that kind of tempo, that kind of attack, that kind of lyric. Than it was New Wave or whatever. Now itís who knows what it is! But when I was hearing the early tracks I was hearing it through the years of, almost magically, of that young character. And I canít go back to that character. The character in fact, the story itís an Alter Ego bla-bla-bla, itís really somehow... I really got attached to that character and started to wonder what would that character do if he had the chance to finish that album than, and what would it sound like. And it gave me a little concept to spring forward because the music was coming fine. The problem I had was this: What was the outlet going to be? I didnít want to star a new band! I love my band! I think Iím in a great band. Why do I want to start another band? And a Jim Kerr solo album? Well, thatís something really dull and banal, boringly banal. So finally I kind of had the gimmick to kind of enlarge on what was going on in these songs mysteriously.


Did you ever feel like a refugee Ė and if so when did that happen?
In a romantic sense I think my character has always been restless as me. The way Iíve always moved around, the way I still quite donít know. If you said to me today what is home, Iím really struggling. I really donít know where is home. That suites me. So, in a sense Iím a little bit part of me when I do ask: "What are you running from? What is it that youíre running from? Or: What are you running too?" And you could elaborate that and say the refugee in a sense is running, leaving something behind, having to go to another place for whatever reasons. And in a way you can even say that weíre all running from something. And so, in a light sense, was kind of a overall saying that thereís a part of us thatís refugee searching or either forced to be on the run or on the run without knowing why.

Jim, Lostboy! Generic Interview

Simon Hayward produced an electromix of the track for Edel before the ElectroSet Tour. It has yet to be released.




lyrics
All those flowers in the wasteland,
All that time beneath those skies charcoal grey.
But, every moment in the shade there,
Nourished by a force that flies from far away.

And we will say: Come to me, refugee, let me be the one one who frees you.
When you're calling, when you're calling, refugee.
Yes we will say: Come to me, refugee, let me be the one who bleeds now.
When you're falling, where you're crawling, refugee.

All those poets in the basement,
Still haunted by the ancient crimes of yesterday.
Like those flowers in the wasteland,
They will rise with open eyes and point the way.

'Cause when your skin starts burning,
You can feel the planet turning,
There's no transition, nothing sets you right.
And when your roof starts falling,
There's no place, no place to crawl in,
Hope transmitting, returning to your plight.

And we will say: Come to me, refugee, let me be the one who heals you.
When you're toiling, crawling, refugee.
Yes we will say: Come to me, refugee, let me be, I will conceal you.
When you're calling, when you're calling refugee.
Yes we will say, we will say.

When you're falling, when you're falling,
And we will say, we will say,
When you're falling,
When you're calling refugee.





discography
Album Version (4:11)
Produced, arranged and mixed by: Jez Coad
Backing tracks engineered by: Tom Dalgety

Lostboy Promo CD Shadowland Promo CD Lostboy LP Lostboy CD Lostboy Limited Edition CD Lostboy Collectors Edition Lostboy Russian CD

Simon Hayward Remix (5:12)
Produced, arranged and mixed by: Jez Coad
Backing tracks engineered by: Tom Dalgety
Remixed by: Simon Hayward



downloads
Album Version (4:11)
Produced, arranged and mixed by: Jez Coad
Backing tracks engineered by: Tom Dalgety

Refugee Download Welcome Gift 1 Shadowland MP3 Lostboy! MP3

Atmoxic Remix (4:16)
Produced, arranged and mixed by: Jez Coad
Backing tracks engineered by: Tom Dalgety
Remixed by: -

Lostboy! MP3

Ringtone 1: Original Instrumental (1:06)
Produced, arranged and mixed by: Jez Coad
Backing tracks engineered by: Tom Dalgety
Remixed by: Simon Hayward

Refugee Ringtones

Ringtone 2: Original Vocal (1:05)
Produced, arranged and mixed by: Jez Coad
Backing tracks engineered by: Tom Dalgety
Remixed by: Simon Hayward

Refugee Ringtones

Ringtone 3: Remix Instrumental (0:29)
Produced, arranged and mixed by: Jez Coad
Backing tracks engineered by: Tom Dalgety
Remixed by: Simon Hayward

Refugee Ringtones

Ringtone 4: Orchestral Remix (0:34)
Produced, arranged and mixed by: Jez Coad
Backing tracks engineered by: Tom Dalgety
Remixed by: Simon Hayward

Refugee Ringtones




live history
Lostboy! AKA Promo Tour: 2010
Lostboy! AKA Electroset Radio Tour: 2010
Lostboy! AKA Electroset Tour: 2010