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factory


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)


background
Factory was the first song on Real To Real Cacophony with a familar song structure and length; although Jim's material was still dark, talking of career climbing and nervous breakdowns.

The song featured at most Cacophony gigs, often as an elongated coda for Citizen (Dance Of Youth).


"Another of my all time favourite Simple Minds songs. It has a haunting melody, which typified the mystique of the band in the early years."

"We played this for the Old Grey Whistle Test in Hurrah's, New York, in 1979. It was our first time in America, Iggy Pop was in front of me for the whole show - that is why I am smiling and smirking. I had just sung with David Bowie on Iggy's album that year: he wanted Simple Minds to be his band for a tour with Jim on comb and paper."

Derek Forbes
www.derekforbesmusic.com
June 2016




lyrics
In passage of time,
To a cigarette burn.
In the book that I read,
To the sentence I learn.
Up and down,
Going round,
Going round 'till we drown again.
I'm gonna set myself up,
I'm gonna up to the top,
Up to the top,
To the top.
I'm going down to the ground,
Going round,
Till we drown,
Going round till we drown again.

Factory,
Imitation of life.
Factory,
We all go out to lunch.
A certain raio we know,
Has left us unaware.
Someone else has taken leave,
Someone who did care.
Elevators just don't crash,
The answer lies within.
Elevators, elevators,
Answer lies within.

To the glittering prize,
To the fool in the sky.
I've got a jewel in my eye.
I'm going up,
Coming down,
Going round,
Till we drown,
Going round till we drown again.

To the centre of the man,
Because he had a plan.
He had a plan to escape,
But now we've got it on tape.
Going up,
Coming down,
Going around,
Going round till we drown again.

Factory,
Imitation of life.
Factory,
We all go out to lunch.
A certain ratio we know,
Has left us unaware.
Someone else has taken leave,
Someone who did care.
Elevators just don't crash,
The answer lies within.
Elevators, elevators,
Answer lies within.

Factory.
Going out to lunch.
Factory.
Going out to lunch.



discography
Album Version (4:13)
Recorded and mixed: John Leckie
Arrangement: John Leckie and Simple Minds

Real To Real Cacophony LP Real To Real Cacophony MC 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 Real To Real Cacophony Reissue CD Celebration LP (Virgin Budget Reissue) Celebration MC (Virgin Budget Reissue) Celebration CD (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 Early Gold US Promo CD Early Gold US Promo CD X5 Real To Real Cacophony Promo CD X5 The Vinyl Collection (79,84)



Live Version (24th October 1979) (4:34)
Recorded: Hurrah's Club, New York, USA


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

Live Version (24th February 2012) (4:39)
Recorded: Academy, Birmingham, UK
Recorded by: Olivier Gerard
Mixed by: Olivier Gerard
Engineered by: Rudy Coclet
ISRC: GB01A1201423

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) (4:34)
Recorded: Hurrah's Club, New York, USA


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



downloads
Live Version (16th Feb 2006) (5:38)
Recorded: Ancienne Belgique, Brussels, Belgium
Recording Engineer: Patrick Demoustier
Mixed By Jez Coad, Charlie Burchill and Andy Gillespie

Black And White Live Bundle #3




live history
Real To Real Cacophony Tour: 1979-1980
Empires And Dance Tour: 1980
Empires And Dance Tour: 1981
Sons And Fascination Tour: 1982
Intimate Tour: 2005
Black And White Tour: 2006
Celebrate 30 Years Live Tour: 2008
5X5 Tour: 2012
Festival Tour: 2012