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light travels


composers
Written by: Kerr / Burchill / Coad / Kelly


publisher
© JKMC - Bucks Music Group Ltd / Hornall Music / Bucks Music Group Ltd / GMW Music - Bucks Music Group Ltd (2009 - 2014)
© BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd / Bucks Music Group Ltd: (2015 -)


publisher
background
This song was demoed for Black And White 050505 but held over for Graffiti Soul.

Written by Sean Kelly (who also penned Spaceface), it was mentioned as a song title by Jim in one of his journals: "... an incredible song. We've made something of their own of it.". It was part of a batch of songs he played to them and was really no more than a loop. But Jim and Charlie immediately recognised its potential and started working on it.

"We've written another song, "Light Travels", which reminds me of "Space Oddity" by David Bowie" - Jim.

"Light Travels is one of the few tracks on the album which isn't written by Charlie and myself. The instigator of Light Travels is a fellow called Sean Kelly who is from the Stirling area. Way back in the day, in 1978 when we were just starting, when we thought we were the only mega-stadium-rock-stars in the village, we heard a bit by a band called Those French Girls and we thought "That's an intreguing name considering there are no lasses in the band and they're from Stirling." We did a couple of gigs with them and they were just amazing. Sean was a stunning front man and the songs were clever and catchy. They had it all. Don't ask me why it never panned out for them, but we've kept in contact with Sean throughout, we're always keen to hear what he's been up to, and he's never stopped writing. Four years ago he put together this idea for a song called Light Travels - the melody was there, the words were there, but it was a loop. It intregued us and we've wrestled with it ever since. And I think we've finally come up with an arrangement which suits Sean's idea" - Jim

"It's great! Just turn up the acoustic guitar!" - Trevor Horn




lyrics
Light travels through the universe.
It arrives.
It remains.
Things get better after things get worse.
I feel the same.
Nothing’s changed.
Nothing’s changed.

Words unravel out of all of us.
They arise.
They refrain.
Things get better after things get worse.
I feel the same.
Nothing's changed.

But there’s no need to worry.
Hello, hello, is anybody home?
But there’s no need to worry,
Hello, hello, see them come,
See them go,
See them go!

Light travels through the universe.
It arrives.
It remains.
Things get better after things get worse.
I feel the same.
Nothing’s changed.

But there’s no need to worry.
Hello, hello, is anybody home?
But there’s no need to worry.
Hello, hello, see them come, see them go.
But there’s no need to worry.
Hello, hello, is anybody home?
But there’s no need to worry.
Hello, hello, oh!

Hello, hello.
Hello, hello.
Hello, hello, oh!

Hello, hello.
Hello, hello.
Hello, hello, oh!

Light travels through the universe.





discography
Sampler Edit (0:31)
Produced by: Jez Coad and Simple Minds
Engineers: Arjen Mesinga, Simon Dawson, Mark Bishop
Assistant Engineer: Ben Cunningham
Pre-Production: Gordy Goudie, Andy Gillespie, Kevin Burleigh
Mixed by: Bob Clearmountain

Graffiti Soul Sampler CD

Album Version (4:12)
Produced by: Jez Coad and Simple Minds
Engineers: Arjen Mesinga, Simon Dawson, Mark Bishop
Assistant Engineer: Ben Cunningham
Pre-Production: Gordy Goudie, Andy Gillespie, Kevin Burleigh
Mixed by: Bob Clearmountain

Graffiti Soul Sampler CD Graffiti Soul Sampler CD Graffiti Soul Promo CD Graffiti Soul Promo CD Graffiti Soul French Promo CD Graffiti Soul Australian Promo CD Graffiti Soul Canadian Promo CD Graffiti Soul Danish Promo CD Graffiti Soul Brazilian Promo CD Graffiti Soul German Promo CD Graffiti Soul CD Graffiti Soul Deluxe CD Graffiti Soul Limited Edition LP Graffiti Soul Limited Edition HMV Slip Sleeve Graffiti Soul European CD Graffiti Soul German Pure Limited Edition CD Graffiti Soul Russian CD Graffiti Soul Polish CD Graffiti Soul Malaysian CD Graffiti Soul Hungarian Promo Box Light Travels Belgian Promo CD Graffiti Soul US Promo CD

Soundcheck (6th November 2009) (4:24)
Recorded: Neon Concept Club, Ancona, Italy
Mixed By Concert Online

Boxed USB Stick Boxed MP3 Player Limited Edition Boxed Gold USB Stick

Live Version (7th November 2009) (5:14)
Recorded: Atlantico, Rome, Italy
Mixed By Concert Online

Boxed USB Stick Boxed MP3 Player

Live Version (14th February 2014) (3:55)
Recorded: Palladium, Köln, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (16th February 2014) (4:27)
Recorded: Capitol, Hannover, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (18th February 2014) (4:35)
Recorded: Phönixhalle, Mainz, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (20th February 2014) (4:42)
Recorded: Werfhalle, Göppingen, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (21st February 2014) (4:43)
Recorded: Stadthalle, Fürth, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (23rd February 2014) (4:41)
Recorded: Stadthalle, Singen, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (25th February 2014) (4:38)
Recorded: Alcatraz, Milan, Italy
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (26th February 2014) (4:39)
Recorded: Festhalle, Berne, Switzerland
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (28th February 2014) (4:38)
Recorded: Incheba Arena, Prague, Czech Republic
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Acoustic (4:32)
Producer: Andy Wright, Gavin Goldberg and Simple Minds
Recorded By: Gavin Goldberg
Mixed By: Gavin Goldberg


Acoustic Promo CD Acoustic Extra Tracks Promo CD Acoustic LP




downloads
Sampler Edit (0:31)
Produced by: Jez Coad and Simple Minds
Engineers: Arjen Mesinga, Simon Dawson, Mark Bishop
Assistant Engineer: Ben Cunningham
Pre-Production: Gordy Goudie, Andy Gillespie, Kevin Burleigh
Mixed by: Bob Clearmountain

Graffiti Soul Album Sampler Download

Album Version (4:12)
Produced by: Jez Coad and Simple Minds
Engineers: Arjen Mesinga, Simon Dawson, Mark Bishop
Assistant Engineer: Ben Cunningham
Pre-Production: Gordy Goudie, Andy Gillespie, Kevin Burleigh
Mixed by: Bob Clearmountain

Graffiti Soul Download
Soundcheck (6th November 2009) (4:24)
Recorded: Neon Concept Club, Ancona, Italy
Mixed By Concert Online

Concert Online Download

Live Version (7th November 2009) (5:14)
Recorded: Atlantico, Rome, Italy
Mixed By Concert Online

Concert Online Download

Live Version (14th February 2014) (3:55)
Recorded: Palladium, Köln, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (16th February 2014) (4:27)
Recorded: Capitol, Hannover, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (18th February 2014) (4:35)
Recorded: Phönixhalle, Mainz, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (20th February 2014) (4:42)
Recorded: Werfhalle, Göppingen, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (21st February 2014) (4:43)
Recorded: Stadthalle, Fürth, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (23rd February 2014) (4:41)
Recorded: Stadthalle, Singen, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (25th February 2014) (4:38)
Recorded: Alcatraz, Milan, Italy
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (26th February 2014) (4:39)
Recorded: Festhalle, Berne, Switzerland
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (28th February 2014) (4:38)
Recorded: Incheba Arena, Prague, Czech Republic
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB




live history
Graffiti Soul Tour: 2009
Greatest Hits + European Tour: 2014