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destiny


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
Destiny was the stunted, reworded version of Sweet Things, a massive sprawling belter of a song, that opened their later 1978 gigs and announced that the band were most definitely on stage.

Whilst working on the material for inclusion on their their debut album, Sweet Things was hacked up to produce the far safer Destiny.

The new trimmed and rather dull result was duly recorded for Life In A Day and pushed into service for their 1979 tour. But it quickly disappeared into obscurity afterwards.


lyrics
Look at the world outside.
Beware its evil tide.
Too many endless days.
Cold streets and alleyways.
The poor come crawling out.
They speak but never shout.
I think you'd rather be alone.
You're hiding in a shell.
So easy I can tell.
Can you sell me some thoughts?
Though drugs just can't be bought.
Tell me is it some crime,
To wait a long time?
I think you'd rather be alone.
Can you hear me?
Can you see?
I don't want this destiny.
To be destined.
Destiny.
Something's been happening here,
Don't touch.
Don't come so near.
Don't ask me to reply.
Can't think of no more lies.
The hand that reaches out,
Can crush without a doubt.
I think you'd rather be alone.

Oh much is left unexplained.
It's getting to my brain.
Yet still you wear that smile.
Then walk your crooked mile.
Some day you're bound to learn too late.
There's no return.
I think you'd rather be alone.

Can you hear me?
Can you see?
I don't want this destiny.
To be destined
Destiny



discography
Album Version (3:36)
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 Chelsea Girl 7" Australian single 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)






live history
Simple Minds: 1978
Life In A Day Tour: 1979
Real To Real Cacophony Tour: 1979-1980