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careful in career


composers
Lyrics: Kerr
Music: Simple Minds


publisher
© EMI Music Publishing


background
One of a batch of songs written in a flat in Edinburgh at the start of 1981, Careful In Career (or Checkout as it was first called) was first tried out live during the mini-tour of the USA and Canada.

It was subsequently demoed; the arrangement musically strong, but Jim's lyrics were vague, often just repeating "Careful, Career, Take Care." When recorded for the album, the song was softened, and Jim had found time to expand and diversify the lyrics.




lyrics
Careful in career.
Take care.
I take care.
It's a shame,
To go away,
It's a shame to go away.
It's a shame,
To die already.

Looking at you,
Looking in through at me,
Pouring X years of life,
Pouring in ecstasy.
Performance or ecstasy?
I'm looking at you.
Looking in through at me.
I've come so far already.
I've come so far already.
So far,
I've come so far.

Careful in career.
Take care.
I take care.
I see the lodgers,
They are walking,
Hands over my eyes,
I see you yawning,
Shambling,
Drugged up by the heat and so.

Looking at you,
Looking in through at me,
Pouring X years of life,
Pouring in ecstasy.
In performance or in ecstasy?
I'm looking at you,
Looking in through at me.
I've come so far already.
I've come so far already.

It's a shame,
Looking at you,
Looking in through at me.
All in ecstasy.
I've come so far already,
All in ecstasy.
I've come so far already,
All in ecstasy.
I've come so far already.
I've come so far.
I've come so far.
It's a shame.
It's a shame.
Looking at you,
Looking in through at me.



discography
Album Version (5:08)
Producer: Steve Hillage
Engineer: Hugh Jones

Sons And Fascination/Sister Feelings Call Limited Edition LP Sister Feelings Call LP Sons And Fascination MC Sister Feelings Call Canadian LP Sister Feelings Call Canadian MC Sister Feelings Call MC Sons And Fascination CD Sons And Fascination MC (Virgin Budget Reissue) Sons And Fascination Remaster Promo CD Sons And Fascination Remaster Limited Edition CD Sons And Fascination Remaster CD X5 Sister Feelings Call Promo CD X5 Five Album Set The Vinyl Collection (79,84)

Demo (6:18)
Producer: Mick MacNeil
Mastered by: Simon Heyworth
Silver Box Promo CDR #1 Silver Box




demo discography
Demo Version (6:18)
Producer: Mick MacNeil





live history
Empires And Dance Tour: 1981