SF: Do you think you're still learning as a songwriter? Do you think that's something that, when you sit
down to write songs, you're still honing your craft and getting better as you go?
JK: I know I'm still learning. I'm elated that we're still learning, and I think I'll always be learning.
Charlie Burchill and I have written over 300 songs. They've not all been recorded, but we've written
that amount. Yet, I can tell you that when you sit down and you start a new song, you always feel you're in a different game. You always feel
like it's a different puzzle. You always feel it's a different combination you have to crack.
JK: There might be some rules, there might be some general things, but from the start, it's so subjective. No one knows.
Your sitting there is an act of faith in itself that the music has done something to you that is going to work on someone else. Who the hell
knows? All I can tell you is we enjoy working on that puzzle so much.
JK: And it is work. I will tell you, the one thing I have changed since the beginning days, is that I don't believe in The Muse.
You know, you just gotta wait for The Muse to strike. It's true, some days you get lucky - a song comes into your head from nowhere. But
in general, it's turning up and doing the work. Writing through the good, the bad and the indifferent. And that's where you find the nuggets.
All lyrics are taken from record sleeves, music books and fan club publications. None have been transcribed.
Some lyrics have never been published - this includes the early Johnny And The Self Absuers tracks,
a small number of B-sides, and the albums Our Secrets Are The Same and Cry. Transcriptions of the later two
do exist - but I can't vouch for their accuracy - so they are not included.
Each song page features the composers, background information about the song, the lyrics, and extensive links back into the discography.
commercially released songs is a list of all the officially released songs by Simple Minds.
live songs deals with the songs performed on each tour.
demos links to the known demo tapes by the band, and lists their contents.
sessions and live tv appearances The band would often write new songs or perform exclusive
material for sessions.
The entire list of songs is a combination of all of the above - all on one page. Each variation of the song is
listed, with links back into the discography. This section is mainly for reference and is designed to be easily printed.