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life in a day


composers
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
The bootleg recording of Grangemouth Town Hall from December 1978, revealed a version of Murder Story which was struggling to contain Life In A Day: Mick MacNeil's plodding backing chords were there, and the characteristic musical game of tag, chasing up and down the scales with Charlie.

Letting the song flow, and doubling the tempo, would've resulted in Life In A Day; which occurred whilst Simple Minds were working at The Barn, near Edinburgh, in January 1979. They were supposed to be selecting and rejecting titles for inclusion on their debut album but ended up reworking several songs (see Cocteau Twins and Sweet Things as other examples).

Therefore Life In A Day was never part of their 1978 set lists, nor did it appear on any of their demo tapes.

It launched Simple Minds' career. It appeared as their first single, became their first album's title track and was a live favourite during the 1979 tour.


lyrics
Life in a day,
The price that you pay,
For time that you spent,
It's such a fatal event.
Take a look at your watch,
There is no time to wait,
Take a look deep inside,
There's no escape from this day.
Life in a day,
Life in a day.
Take a look around you,
Is it true what they say?
Life in a day,
Life in a day.

Is there no place to hide?
Could there be some other way?
Can you see how they run?
Do you believe what they say?
They'll soon be looking for you,
For sure they'll get you away.
The premonition came true,
Look all around and you'll see,
Some say it takes two to know,
Or could it all just be me?

Life in a day,
Life in a day.
I love to see how they run,
They came a running this way.
Life in a day,
Life in a day.
No sence in looking for you,
They're going to get you one day.



discography
Album Version (4:00)
Producer: John Leckie
Engineer: John Leckie
Arrangement: Simple Minds/John Leckie
Life In A Day 7" single Life In A Day German 7" single Life In A Day Promo LP Life In A Day LP Life In A Day MC Celebration Promo LP Celebration LP Celebration MC Life In A Day LP (Virgin Reissue) Life In A Day MC (Virgin Reissue) Celebration LP (Virgin Reissue) Celebration MC (Virgin Reissue) Life In A Day LP (Virgin Budget Reissue) Life In A Day MC (Virgin Budget Reissue) Celebration CD Life In A Day CD Celebration LP (Virgin Budget Reissue) Celebration MC (Virgin Budget Reissue) Themes Volume One Compact Collection Theme Three: Love Song CD Theme Three: Love Song MC Celebration Disky CD Life In A Day Disky CD The Best Of Simple Minds CD1 Promo The Best Of US Promo The Best Of The Best Of SACD Life In A Day Remaster Promo CD Life In A Day Remaster Limited Edition CD The Best Of Night Of The Proms Special Remastered Edition Life In A Day Remaster CD Early Gold Promo CD Early Gold CD The Platinum Collection CD Early Gold US Promo CD Early Gold US Promo CD Gift Pack Limited Edition Themes 1-4 Promo CDR Themes Volume One - Five X5 Box Set Sampler X5 Life In A Day Promo CD X5 The Best Of Donna Moderna cover CD Celebrate: The Greatest Hits + Promo CD Celebrate: The Greatest Hits + Promo CD Celebrate: The Greatest Hits + 2CD Celebrate: The Greatest Hits + 3CD Celebrate: The Greatest Hits + Australian Promo 2CD The Vinyl Collection (79,84)



Live Version (27th Mar 1979) (3:37)
Recorded: Old Grey Whistle Test

Seen The Lights - DVD 1 Bonus Tracks In-House CD

Live Version (8th Sep 1979) (3:31)
Recorded: Paris Theatre, London, UK
Mastered by: Simon Heyworth

Silver Box Promo CDR #1 Silver Box

Live Version (10th December 2009) (4:11)
Recorded: Odyssey, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Mixed By Concert Online

Boxed USB Stick Boxed MP3 Player Limited Edition Boxed Gold USB Stick

Live Version (11th December 2009) (4:03)
Recorded: SECC, Glasgow, UK
Mixed By Concert Online

Boxed USB Stick Boxed MP3 Player Limited Edition Boxed Gold USB Stick

Live Version (12th December 2009) (4:03)
Recorded: AEC, Aberdeen, UK
Mixed By Concert Online

Boxed USB Stick Boxed MP3 Player Limited Edition Boxed Gold USB Stick

Live Version (17th December 2009) (4:00)
Recorded: Popcentrum, Tilburg, Netherlands
Mixed By Concert Online

Boxed USB Stick Boxed MP3 Player

Live Version (23rd February 2012) (3:47)
Recorded: Cirque Royal, Brussels, Belgium
Recorded by: Olivier Gerard
Mixed by: Olivier Gerard
Engineered by: Rudy Coclet
ISRC: GB01A1201411

5X5 Live Sampler Promo CD 5X5 Live Promo CD #1-1 5X5 Live Promo CD #2-1 5X5 Live 5X5 Live Irish Promo CD




videography
Live Version (27th Mar 1979) (3:37)
Recorded: Old Grey Whistle Test

Seen The Lights - A Visual History Promo DVD Seen The Lights - A Visual History DVD



sessions
Kid Jensen, Radio One: 10th April 1979



downloads
Live Version (10th December 2009) (4:11)
Recorded: Odyssey, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Mixed By Concert Online

Concert Online Download

Live Version (11th December 2009) (4:03)
Recorded: SECC, Glasgow, UK
Mixed By Concert Online

Concert Online Download

Live Version (12th December 2009) (4:03)
Recorded: AEC, Aberdeen, UK
Mixed By Concert Online

Concert Online Download

Live Version (17th December 2009) (4:00)
Recorded: Popcentrum, Tilburg, Netherlands
Mixed By Concert Online

Concert Online Download




live history
Life In A Day Tour: 1979
Real To Real Cacophony Tour: 1979-1980
Empires And Dance Tour: 1980
Empires And Dance Tour: 1981
The Floating World Tour: 2002
Graffiti Soul Tour: 2009
5X5 Tour: 2012
Festival Tour: 2012