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the cross


composer
Written by: Prince Rogers Nelson


publisher
© Universal Music Publishing Group


background
Written by Prince, The Cross first appeared on his album Sign O' The Times in 1987.

A year after the singer's untimely death, Simple Minds were touring Europe with their Acoustic Live Tour. "I got more than a little sentimental yesterday while talking to our friend/promoter Andy Bechir backstage in Luzern. So taken by the KKL - a wonderful classical venue that sits on the lake front - I was asking about previous shows that he had seen there? Not too many it seems. In any case, in the middle of our conversation, and suddenly with a sad look in his eyes, he informed me that Prince had been booked to do two shows there last year. Leading us both to dwell on how stunning it would have been to hear the music of Prince played live inside that amazing concert venue. The passing of Prince, exactly a year ago tomorrow, meant that never got to happen. But it also left me thinking and feeling, with minutes to go before Simple Minds went on stage, that perhaps we should make sure that the music of such a great artist, and of whom we admired so much, should still get to resonate within the walls of that prestigious, elegant venue. At that point, and with rush of blood etc. I made my way down the hall to enquire if the rest of our band would be up for playing Prince's The Cross during our set, performing our own tribute? What else can I tell you? I can tell you it felt absolutely the right thing to do, and I can also tell you that I reckon Prince would more than have approved of Charlie Burchill's inspired arrangement of a song that manages to feel like a prayer. Last in night in Luzern, amid show topped hills, and with the cool water of the lake lapping the shore front concert hall. The music of Prince lived on!" - Jim, 20th April 2017.

The band soundchecked The Cross at KKL Luzern in Switzerland on the 19th April 2017. The recording was uploaded to Soundcloud for a limited period of 24 hours.




lyrics
Black day, stormy night,
No love, no hope in sight.
Don't cry, he is coming,
Don't die without knowing the cross.
Ghettos to the left of us,
Flowers to the right,
There'll be bread for all of us,
If we can just bear the cross.

Sweet song of salvation,
A pregnant mother sings,
She lives in starvation,
Her children need all that she brings.

We all have our problems,
Some big, some are small,
Soon all of our problems,
Will be taken by the cross.

Black day, stormy night,
No love, no hope in sight,
Don't cry for he is coming,
Don't die without knowing the cross.

Ghettos to the left of us,
Flowers to the right,
There'll be bread for all, y'all,
If we can just, just bear the cross, yeah.

We all have our problems,
Some are big, some are small,
Soon all of our problems, y'all,
Will be taken by the cross.

The cross.
The cross.




live history
Acoustic Live: 2017