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changeling


composers
Lyrics: Kerr
Music: Simple Minds
Written by: Burchill / Forbes / Kerr / MacNeil / McGee (Post 2012 credit)


publisher
© EMI Music Publishing.
© Bucks Music / Hornall Brothers / EMI Music Publishing Ltd. (Post 2012 credit)
© JKMC-Bucks Music Group Ltd / Hornall Music / EMI Music Publishing Ltd. (Post 2013 credit)


background
The genesis of Changeling remains unclear. John Leckie recalled it was a Derek Forbes riff, one of the few ideas they had when entering the studio. However Jim remembered that it was the first time that Charlie and Mick MacNeil worked together on a song, cutting a 4-track demo at Arista.

The final lines were a sly dig at the 'club movement' currently being celebrated by Iggy Pop and others.

From an unconventional album, Changeling shone out as a potential single, and Arista released it in January 1980.

It quickly became a live favourite and permanent fixture of the band's subsequent tour.


lyrics
Overground,
Underground,
Pulsating through.
Street parade,
Day arcade,
No cloning you.
Uniform,
Won't conform,
Hero who dies.
Find a boy,
Kill a toy,
Get no reply.

Changeling.
Well changeling for you.
They're coming out of you.

Vision.
Lost.
Out of control.
Lost.

Down in the club,
Beau bells can ring.
Look good in blue.
Help me to sing.
Expose,
Fade away,
Contact erased.
Call a friend,
Tailor made,
Do as I say.

Changeling.
Well changeling for you.
They're coming out of you.

Vision.
Lost.
Out of control.
Lost.

Overground.
Underground.
Overground.
Underground.

Down in the club.
Down in the club.
Down in the club.
Club.



discography
Edit (3:26)
Recorded and mixed: John Leckie
Arrangement: John Leckie and Simple Minds

Changeling 7" single Changeling German 7" single 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

Album Version (4:11)
Recorded and mixed: John Leckie
Arrangement: John Leckie and Simple Minds
Real To Real Cacophony LP Real To Real Cacophony MC Celebrate 7" single Celebrate 12" single Celebration Promo LP Celebration LP Celebration MC Real To Real Cacophony LP (Virgin Reissue) Real To Real Cacophony MC (Virgin Reissue) Celebration LP (Virgin Reissue) Celebration MC (Virgin Reissue) Real To Real Cacophony LP (Virgin Budget Reissue) Real To Real Cacophony MC (Virgin Budget Reissue) Celebration CD Real To Real Cacophony CD Celebration LP (Virgin Budget Reissue) Celebration MC (Virgin Budget Reissue) Compact Collection Real To Real Cacophony Reissue CD Real To Real Cacophony Disky CD Original Gold compilation CD Celebration Disky CD Real To Real Cacophony Remaster Promo CD Real To Real Cacophony Remaster Limited Edition CD Real To Real Cacophony Remaster CD Early Gold Promo CD Early Gold CD The Platinum Collection CD Early Gold US Promo CD Early Gold US Promo CD X5 Box Set Sampler X5 Real To Real Cacophony Promo CD X5 The Vinyl Collection (79,84)



Live Version (24th October 1979) (3:23)
Recorded: Hurrah's Club, New York, USA


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

Session (3:59)
Producer: Trevor Dann
Engineer: Nick Gomm
Mastered by: Simon Heyworth
Recorded: 19th Dec 79
Broadcast: 7th Jan 80

Silver Box Promo CDR #1 Silver Box Promo CDR Sampler Silver Box Mexican Promo CDR Sampler Silver Box

Live Version (24th February 2012) (4:05)
Recorded: Academy, Birmingham, UK
Recorded by: Olivier Gerard
Mixed by: Olivier Gerard
Engineered by: Rudy Coclet
ISRC: GB01A1201422

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




videography
Live Version (24th Oct 1979) (3:23)
Recorded: Hurrah's Club, New York, USA


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



sessions
John Peel, Radio One: 7th January 1980



live history
Real To Real Cacophony Tour: 1979-1980
Empires And Dance Tour: 1980
Empires And Dance Tour: 1981
Sons And Fascination Tour: 1981
Sons And Fascination Tour: 1982
The Floating World Tour: 2002
Alive And Kicking Tour: 2003
Intimate Tour: 2005
30 Years Live European Tour: 2009
5X5 Tour: 2012
Festival Tour: 2012