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dolphins


composers
Lyrics: Kerr
Music: Burchill


background
This song was demoed for Black And White 050505.

It was mentioned as a song title by Jim in one of his journals, being originally demoed in a hotel room studio (set up by Charlie and Andy) whilst Simple Minds were appearing at The Night Of The Proms in Antwerp.

"It reminded me of sonic signals, it sounded like the sounds mammals make under the sea - probably smoking too much! - but I had a picture of the deep blue sea. But the title Dolphins? It could be too twee."

"The song seemed to write itself. It's a song about a man who goes to the water's edge, and wants to finish it. He sees the dolphins, and doesn't say 'Oh Dolphins, I've changed my mind', he wants to go deep with them. It's obscure. You come up with the words, it's not about something in particular... the character wants to go to the final resting ground."

The original demo featured backing vocals by Mirjam Timmer (formally in Twarres). They couldn't use her vocals on the final recording as there was interference on her microphone.

(She'd met Jim at one of the Proms concerts, where they talked about Bush's policy to use sonar on submarines which causes dolphins and whales to become disorientated. Becoming angry about the subject, she decided to write a song, and asked Jim to duet. Her song, The Deep Blue Sea was released as a single in 2006.)

"A dream, a metaphor, an illusion. It all takes place against Charlie Burchill's siren call. In my view, Dolphins is a fine example of the cinema sound that Simple Minds has always been able to conjure up" - Jim




lyrics
They say that,
Say it's wise.
They say that,
It's the only time.
To reach for what remains.
To look for what's the same.

Dolphins,
Swim around.
And dolphins,
Drag me down.
Drag me down.

Say that,
It's the truth.
There's an ocean,
Reach in front of you.

And dolphins,
Hit the sound,
And when dolphins,
Circle round.

If it seems so,
Like the world juts in.
Those dolphins.
Drag me down.
Drag me down.

Say that,
Say it's wise.
Say that,
That it's the only vice.

Yet you say so,
What remains?
And look so,
Uncertain.

And dolphins.
Look around.
And those dolphins,
Drag me down.
Drag me down.

It looks though,
The world juts in,
As dolphins.
Drag me down.
Drag me down.



discography
Snippet (2:02)
Produced by Jez Coad and Simple Minds
Arranged by Jez Coad and Simple Minds
Programmed by Jez Coad
Engineered by Arjen Mensinga and Michiel Hoogenboesem
Mixed by Bob Clearmountain

Black And White Snippet CD
Album Version (6:13)
Produced by Jez Coad and Simple Minds
Arranged by Jez Coad and Simple Minds
Programmed by Jez Coad
Engineered by Arjen Mensinga and Michiel Hoogenboesem
Mixed by Bob Clearmountain

Black And White Promotional CD #1 Black And White Promotional CD #2 Black And White US Promotional CD Black And White US Promotional CD Black And White US Promotional CD Black And White Japanese Promotional CD Black And White Japanese Promotional CD Black And White Argentinian Promotional CD Black And White Thailand Promotional CD Black And White 050505 CD Black And White 050505 Japanese CD Black And White 050505 Russian CD Black And White 050505 Eastern European CD Black And White 050505 Argentinian CD

Live Version (6:00)
Recorded: Black And White Tour 2006
Mixed By Jez Coad

Simple Minds Live Volume Two

Live Version (11th February 2014) (5:11)
Recorded: Tollhaus, Karlsruhe, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (12th February 2014) (5:16)
Recorded: Europahalle, Trier, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (14th February 2014) (5:08)
Recorded: Palladium, Köln, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (15th February 2014) (5:12)
Recorded: Konzerthalle, Olsberg, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (16th February 2014) (5:14)
Recorded: Capitol, Hannover, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (18th February 2014) (5:12)
Recorded: Phönixhalle, Mainz, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (20th February 2014) (5:11)
Recorded: Werfhalle, Göppingen, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (25th February 2014) (5:19)
Recorded: Alcatraz, Milan, Italy
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (26th February 2014) (5:17)
Recorded: Festhalle, Berne, Switzerland
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (28th February 2014) (5:20)
Recorded: Incheba Arena, Prague, Czech Republic
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (1st March 2014) (5:21)
Recorded: Sala Ziemi, Poznan, Poland
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (2nd March 2014) (5:21)
Recorded: Stodola, Warsaw, Poland
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (9th June 2014) (5:12)
Recorded: KulturPur Festival, Hilchenbach, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (11th July 2014) (5:10)
Recorded: Kunst!Rasen, Bonn, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (24th July 2014) (5:14)
Recorded: Teatro Antico, Taormina, Sicily
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (26th July 2014) (5:13)
Recorded: Banchina San Domenico, Molfetta, Italy
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (27th July 2014) (5:16)
Recorded: The Cavea, Rome, Italy
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (28th July 2014) (?:??)
Recorded: Piazza Castello, Ferrara, Italy
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (29th July 2014) (5:18)
Recorded: Arena Alpe Adria, Lignano Sabbiadoro, Italy
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (30th July 2014) (5:15)
Recorded: Gru Village, Turin, Italy
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (February-May 2015) (2:42)
Recorded: Big Music Tour 2015
Recorded By: Olivier Gerard
Mixed By: Olivier Gerard at Jet Studios

Live Big Music Tour 2015




downloads
Live Version (16th Feb 06) (6:15)
Recorded: Ancienne Belgique, Brussels, Belgium
Recording Engineer: Patrick Demoustier
Mixed By Jez Coad, Charlie Burchill and Andy Gillespie

Black And White Live Bundle #5

Live Version (11th February 2014) (5:11)
Recorded: Tollhaus, Karlsruhe, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (12th February 2014) (5:16)
Recorded: Europahalle, Trier, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (14th February 2014) (5:08)
Recorded: Palladium, Köln, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (15th February 2014) (5:12)
Recorded: Konzerthalle, Olsberg, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (16th February 2014) (5:14)
Recorded: Capitol, Hannover, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (18th February 2014) (5:12)
Recorded: Phönixhalle, Mainz, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (20th February 2014) (5:11)
Recorded: Werfhalle, Göppingen, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (25th February 2014) (5:19)
Recorded: Alcatraz, Milan, Italy
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (26th February 2014) (5:17)
Recorded: Festhalle, Berne, Switzerland
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (28th February 2014) (5:20)
Recorded: Incheba Arena, Prague, Czech Republic
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (1st March 2014) (5:21)
Recorded: Sala Ziemi, Poznan, Poland
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (2nd March 2014) (5:21)
Recorded: Stodola, Warsaw, Poland
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (9th June 2014) (5:12)
Recorded: KulturPur Festival, Hilchenbach, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (11th July 2014) (5:10)
Recorded: Kunst!Rasen, Bonn, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (24th July 2014) (5:14)
Recorded: Teatro Antico, Taormina, Sicily
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (26th July 2014) (5:13)
Recorded: Banchina San Domenico, Molfetta, Italy
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (27th July 2014) (5:16)
Recorded: The Cavea, Rome, Italy
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (28th July 2014) (?:??)
Recorded: Piazza Castello, Ferrara, Italy
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (29th July 2014) (5:18)
Recorded: Arena Alpe Adria, Lignano Sabbiadoro, Italy
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (30th July 2014) (5:15)
Recorded: Gru Village, Turin, Italy
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB




videography
Live Version (7th April 2015) (2:44)
Recorded: Usher Hall, Edinburgh, UK


Big Music YouTube




live history
Black And White Tour: 2006
30 Years Live European Tour: 2009
Greatest Hits + European Tour: 2014
Greatest Hits + Summer Tour: 2014
Big Music European Tour: 2015
Big Music Summer Tour: 2015
Big Music Winter Tour: 2015
Big Music Western Asia: 2016