life in oils
Music: Simple Minds
© EMI Music Publishing
Misty and dense, Life In Oils (written as a batch of new songs in January 1981) was a favourite of previous producer
John Leckie. (He heard the demos when he visited Glasgow to produce Endgames.)
"Life In Oils was great. It was like an oil painting, really kind of misty." Unfortunately it got left behind as the band got down
to the task of recording Sons And Fascination and it was subsequently forgotten.
Except by fans who traded copies of the leaked demo tape with relish. During
this period, it lost its original title, being refered to as Shadow Follow, following bad guesswork of the lyrics
in the chorus.
Other distinct lyrics included Jim quoting German writer Bertolt Brecht from
The Land Of Galileo:
- Andrea: "Unhappy the land that has no heroes"
- Galileo: "No, unhappy the land that needs heroes."
He later rescued the quote, adding it to 20th Century Promised Land.
The song remained officially lost before being included on Silver Box.
The lyrics have never been published
Producer: Mick MacNeil
Mastered by: Simon Heyworth