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premonition


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
According to John Leckie, Premonition represented the sound and style the band were striving for on the Real To Real Cacophony album. It was played live before the record sessions for the album started.

Played regularly during on the band's subsequent tour, a live recording from Hurrah's Club, New York on the 24th October 1979 was selected for the B-side of Changeling. It remained a firm live favourite, and appeared in live guise again: this time from the Hammersmith Odeon gig a couple of years later.




lyrics
Real to real,
Fact to fact,
Nothing moving happening,
Artifact.
The waiting room,
Waits,
Limbo can burn,
But the original sin.
The incentive to learn,
Fly over land,
Where no hearts can beat,
The metal rain pouring.
Raining,
Raining,
Raining down on me.
Hole in my head,
Where the creature has crawled,
And it's burning and turning,
Out of control.

Real to real,
Fact to fact,
Nothing moving happening,
Artifact.
I in this land,
Sand in the eye,
So here we go,
The happy man dies.

Brave little world,
Well you cry once again.
Remodel life,
Remake and remodel,
Remodel men.
Protection protection,
The sound of machines.
Image is burning,
As they grind to a halt,
Crying and crying.

The sound of the shells,
Tears turn to salt.
Cry and I cry,
Just one more illusion,
I cry just for you.
There's a hole in my head,
Where the voices came through.

Fly over land,
Waiting and waiting,
Where no-one hears can beat.
Machinery's burning,
The metal rains pour,
Pour,
Raining,
Raining down on me.
Premonition.



discography
Album Version (5:29)
Recorded and mixed: John Leckie
Arrangement: John Leckie and Simple Minds

Real To Real Cacophony LP Real To Real Cacophony MC Themes For Great Cities Promo LP Themes For Great Cities LP Themes For Great Cities 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) Sparkle Through The Years Canadian Promotional LP Sparkle Through The Years Canadian Promotional MC Real To Real Cacophony LP (Virgin Budget Reissue) Real To Real Cacophony MC (Virgin Budget Reissue) Celebration CD Real To Real Cacophony CD All The Things... Canadian Promo MC Real To Real Cacophony Reissue CD Celebration LP (Virgin Budget Reissue) Celebration MC (Virgin Budget Reissue) Celebration CD (Virgin Budget Reissue) Street Fighting Years Limited Edition MC Box Set Street Fighting Years Limited Edition CD Box Set 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) (5:45)
Recorded: Hurrah's Club, New York, USA
Engineer: Brian Young

Changeling 7" single Changeling 7" single Seen The Lights - DVD 1 Bonus Tracks In-House CD X5 Real To Real Cacophony Promo CD X5

Live Version (25th September 1981) (5:58)
Recorded: Hammersmith Odeon, London, UK
Engineer: Chris Porter

Sweat In Bullet 7" double-pack single

Session (5:37)
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

Live Version (24th February 2012) (5:11)
Recorded: Academy, Birmingham, UK
Recorded by: Olivier Gerard
Mixed by: Olivier Gerard
Engineered by: Rudy Coclet
ISRC: GB01A1201413

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) (5:31)
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
Studio Davout: February 1982



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
New Gold Tour: 1982-1983
Alive And Kicking Tour: 2003
Intimate Tour: 2005
Celebrate 30 Years Live Tour: 2008
5X5 Tour: 2012
Festival Tour: 2012