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the man who sold the world


composer
Written by: Bowie


publisher
EMI Publishing Ltd/Chrysalis Music Ltd/RZO Music Ltd


background
"It's a fact that even the name of our group, Simple Minds, comes from a Davie Bowie song, albeit a different song, The Jean Genie. But David Bowie, I think, casts a long, long shadow over many bands, particularly over our era. And when my partner, Charlie Burchill, and myself, I think the first time we came across Bowie was probably 1972 when he played the Glasgow Apollo."

"And it's safe to say that the impression still lies with us. It was though people like David Bowie - his charisma, the songs, the atmosphere, that propelled us to even dare write songs of our own."

"The Man Who Sold The World is a classic, being covered by various artists, and I think on this take we'vet tried to stay pretty close to the original." - Jim

Jim later covered the track, backed by Jool Holland's band, for a broadcast on the Jools Holland Show (BBC Radio 2) on the 18th October 2010.




lyrics
We passed upon the stair, we spoke of was and when.
Although I wasn't there, he said I was his friend.
Which came as some surprise I spoke into his eyes.
I thought you died alone, a long long time ago?

Oh no, not me.
I never lost control.
You're face to face,
With the man who sold the world.

I laughed and shook his hand, and made my way back home.
I searched for form and land, for years and years I roamed.
I gazed a gazely stare at all the millions here.
We must have died alone, a long, long time ago.

Who knows? Not me.
We never lost control.
You're face to face,
With the man who sold the world.



discography
Album Version (4:07)
Producer: Simple Minds and Gordon Goudie
Mixed and Engineered by: Kevin Burleigh
Mastered by: Simon Heyworth

Neon Lights Promo CDR Neon Lights Album Samper Neon Lights German Promo CDR Simple Minds Limited Edition Neon Lights CD Neon Lights US Advance CD Neon Lights US CD Neon Lights Canadian CD Neon Lights Indonesian MC Neon Lights - Cry European CD

White Spaces Main Mix (5:19)
Produced and mixed by: White Spaces
Guitars by: Charlie Burchill

Live And Rare Italian CD The Man Who Sold The World Italian Promo 12" The Man Who Sold The World Abolsutely Internal CDR

Gerardo Fucked Up The Mix (6:58)
Producer: Phunk Investigation

The Man Who Sold The World Italian Promo 12" The Man Who Sold The World Abolsutely Internal CDR

Gaudi Featuring Raiz On The Mix (4:03)
Producer: Phunk Investigation

The Man Who Sold The World Italian Promo 12" The Man Who Sold The World Abolsutely Internal CDR




downloads
White Spaces Main Mix (5:19)
Produced and mixed by: White Spaces
Guitars by: Charlie Burchill

Rare Mixes From Great Songs



sessions
Billy Sloan, Radio Clyde: 2nd November 2014 (Acoustic version)