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murder story


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
Another dark anthem, Murder Story went hand-in-hand with Plesantly Disturbed to close the main set of their 1978 gigs. During the year, it became lighter in style and tone, with Mick adding extra melodies and chords, whilst musically chasing Charlie through the instrumental break. By their performance at Grangemouth Town Hall in December 1978, the song was on the brink of evolving, and hints of Life In A Day were starting to appear.

It was recorded for the band's third demo tape and appeared in a far more sober and dark tone on the Life In A Day album. The demo version didn't differ much from the album version except it lacked the dramatic and abrupt end of the album - it repeats the chorus and ends there.

It again partnered Plesantly Disturbed during the band's subsequent UK Tour but then disappeared into obscurity.


lyrics
You say to me things should soon be alright.
I get so scared if I don't get out at night.
The question's real,
The answer so false.
I just can't cope no more with this rate of pulse.
I lost my past,
I gave it away.
I feel so insecure,
I couldn't take another day.
Please be kind,
Don't call me no wreck.
My nerves are very live you know,
But soon they're going to break.

No, oh no,
Another murder story.
No, oh no,
Another murder story.

So don't come too close,
I can't stand the heat.
I get nightmares of places people go to meet.
It's so apparent when I walk in the door,
That I'm all alone.
There's no one home and no one wants me anymore.
So claustrophobic if I stand in one place,
This state of mind I'm in is positively quite a disgrace.
The children from the street call out my name,
"Hey You".
It's all so mutual but you know,
I just don't want to share no fame.

No, oh no,
Another murder story.
No, oh no,
Another murder story.
No, oh no,
Murder story.
No, oh no,
No, oh no.



discography
Album Version (6:18)
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 Compact Collection 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 discography
Demo Version (5:19)
Producer: Unknown
5 Tracks Demo Tape



live history
Simple Minds: 1978
Life In A Day Tour: 1979