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rosemary's baby


composers
Kerr, Burchill


publisher
Copyright Control


background
Rosemary's Baby appeared in the set-lists in late 1978, inspired by Ira Levin's book. It was the first indication of Jim's interest in the author (as he would later use another of Levin's titles for Boys From Brazil) and his interest in film (as Rosemary's Baby had been adapted by Roman Polanski in 1968).

The song was cut from the same cloth as The Cocteau Twins, a straightforward rocker and one of the more conventional songs from the set. The first known live recording was from Grangemouth Town Hall on the 9th November 1978 where Jim described it as a new song. It was certainly a stalwart of the last months of 1978, joining the league of other 'new' songs for the band's second demo tape, and even getting a name-check in a Zoom press release.

Despite this special mention, it did not appear on Life In A Day. An instrumental was recorded during the early sessions at Farmyard Studios in late January 1979, but despite laying down a playful backing track - which was lighter and more synth based than the dual-guitar live version - the song was abandoned during the sessions.

None of these versions has yet been released; and the song was never picked up live again.


see also:
Rosemary's Baby (Demo)


lyrics
The lyrics have never been published. This is a transcription from the demo.

I wonder why she's so distant.
No-one knows just where she comes from.
You won't believe her when she tells you.
Meanwhile someone else is ???

She's going to talk, talk, talk,
She's going to ???
She gets so uptight if you stare.
She won't let me put my arms around her.
Because the baby cries but Rosemary's not there.

The baby cries but Rosemary's not there.

Somebody says ???
Some of us here just don't understand.
She won't let me or any other see her baby
Because mother ???

On million nights I go follow her ???
She's so distant she cries about her hair.
She won't let me put my arms around her.
Because the baby cries but Rosemary's not there.

The baby cries but Rosemary's not there.

The baby cries but Rosemary's not there.




live history
Simple Minds: 1978