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wasteland


composers
Written by: Kerr / Burchill


publisher
© EMI Music Publishing Limited: (1979 - 2007)
© JKMC-Bucks Music Group Ltd / Hornall Music: (2008 - 2014)
© BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd: (2015 -)


background
Originally written for Johnny And The Self Abusers, this track closed their second demo tape. when first recording under the name of Simple Minds.

The demo features slightly different lyrics, with Jim clearly stating that he "didn't want to be your Simple Minds" (it's "There's so much more that I can't find" in the final recorded version).

It became a live favourite during their 1978 gigs, and even replaced European Son on cassette copies of the second Simple Minds demo tape.

It was the only Johnny And The Self Abusers era song to be included on Simple Minds' debut album Life In A Day (in a slightly rearranged form with the sax line being dropped) and was further featured on their 1979 tour.


lyrics
Can you see us now we're on our own?
And every chance has just come and just gone.
Now it looks so dark and so cold,
Think of the minds we sold.
We'd better speak now.
We'd better speak now.
We'd better speak now.
We'd better speak now.

I can remember things that looked so bright,
And I could talk to you without all of this spite.
Can you picture all that's past?
Does your face deform so fast?
We'd better speak now.
We'd better speak now.
We'd better speak now.
We'd better speak now.

'Cause when I stop and look into your head,
I think of all the things that you said.
When I look up into you eyes,
I see the creature that I despise.
Kill now.
Kill now.
Kill now.
Kill now.

Can you see us now we're on our own?
And every chance has just come and just gone.
I've been wrong but you've been unkind,
There's so much more that I can't find.
Wasteland.
Wasteland.
Wasteland...



discography
Album Version (3:44)
Producer: John Leckie
Engineer: John Leckie
Arrangement: Simple Minds/John Leckie

Life In A Day Promo LP Life In A Day LP Life In A Day MC Life In A Day LP (Virgin Reissue) Life In A Day MC (Virgin Reissue) Life In A Day LP (Virgin Budget Reissue) Life In A Day MC (Virgin Budget Reissue) Life In A Day CD Life In A Day Disky CD Life In A Day Remaster Promo CD Life In A Day Remaster Limited Edition CD Life In A Day Remaster CD X5 Life In A Day Promo CD X5 The Vinyl Collection (79,84)



Demo Version (3:28)
Producer: Simple Minds and Brian Young

The Early Years 1977-1978 CD

Live Version (23rd February 2012) (3:26)
Recorded: Cirque Royal, Brussels, Belgium
Recorded by: Olivier Gerard
Mixed by: Olivier Gerard
Engineered by: Rudy Coclet
ISRC: GB01A1201414

5X5 Live Promo CD 5X5 Live 5X5 Live Irish Promo CD




demo discography
Demo Version (3:28)
Producer: Simple Minds and Brian Young

Simple Minds: 7 tracks demo tape




live history
Johnny And The Self Abusers: 1977
Simple Minds: 1978
Life In A Day Tour: 1979
Real To Real Cacophony Tour: 1979-1980
5X5 Tour: 2012
Festival Tour: 2012