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speed your love to me


composers
Written by: Kerr / Burchill / MacNeil / Forbes
(Earlier sleeves simply state:- Words And Music: Simple Minds)


publisher
© EMI Music Publishing: (1983 - 2007)
© JKMC-Bucks Music Group Ltd / Hornall Music / EMI Music Publishing Ltd: (2008 - 2014)
© BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd / Sony-ATV Music Publishing Ltd / EMI Music Publishing Ltd: (2015 -)


background
"We made many great memories recording this and it had the wonderful Kirsty MacColl singing backing vocals on it." - Charlie, 24th March 2015


SF: The song I think I first heard by Simple Minds when I was in college was 'Speed Your Love To Me.' And I didn't realize Kirsty MacColl was the backing vocalist on that track. What do you recall about recording that song and her participation?

JK: When you say that, I get emotional about Kirsty. We used to live in this hotel in London, and everyone would come and hang around. And there was this younger girl called Kirsty. She liked Simple Minds and she would hang around, but you know, she would piss us off. She was hanging around, hanging around, and we'd say, "Get out of the way! Go home, you're young." Whatever. She was a ballsy little thing. She was smarter than all of us, and she could just kill us in one line. And that would make us laugh, and then we would let her in the gang.

JK: So, she would come down to the studio. We knew that she was the daughter of Ewan MacColl, albeit they were estranged. But anyway, we knew that she had roots. And we knew that she played a bit of acoustic guitar and did a bit of singing. We allowed her to come down and hang around, and as soon as she'd get in, she started bossing people around.

JK: We were a bit lost on that track. We knew it had a great melody, but the arrangement was kind of puzzling us. And with a stroke, she said, "Do this. And put that there. And put that little bit at the end." And we were like, 'Listen to you!'

JK:: I've got great memories of that. And, of course, she said, 'I want to sing on it, as well. Let me do this thing.' And she went. We were listening to the track, Charlie Burchill and I, and we could hear Kirsty's little voice and how could we not be emotional?

SF: There's a line in the song 'Unchained Melody' that says, 'God speed your love to me.' Is there a connection?

JK: That's wonderful. Yes, there must have been. We loved that song. I think it was [producer] Steve Lillywhite that said, 'You know, there's, 'God speed your love to me' in The Righteous Brothers' 'Unchained Melody.'" And, of course, it's wonderful. Such a great sentiment.

Songfacts Interview
March 2018

SF: The song I think I first heard by Simple Minds when I was in college was 'Speed Your Love To Me.' And I didn't realize Kirsty MacColl was the backing vocalist on that track. What do you recall about recording that song and her participation?

JK: When you say that, I get emotional about Kirsty. We used to live in the Columbia Hotel in London, and everyone would come and hang around with us and whoever else was staying. Among them. Bunnymen, ABC, Soft Cell, Human League, Associates etc. There was this seemingly younger London girl called Kirsty. She really liked Simple Minds and she would hang around, but you know, she would piss us off too. Very cheeky, sarcastic, ultimately very funny, totally opinionated. In any case she was hanging around, hanging around, night after night, and we'd tiredly say, "Get out of the way! Go home, what do you know, you're too young " Jesus, we were all so young really. Whatever. She was a ballsy little thing. She was smarter than all of us actually, and she could just kill us in one line. And that would make us laugh, and then we would let her in our gang. She was just "Little Kirsty!" Her and Derek Forbes became quite tight. Derek would say "She's cool, let her come down." I was kind of insecure about people hanging around when we were working however. I still am.

JK: In any case, she would come down to the studio some nights. We the found out that she was the daughter of legendary songwriter, Ewan MacColl. That meant she had roots. Real roots! And we also knew that she played a bit of acoustic guitar and did a bit of singing/writing for the Stiff record label. So we allowed her to come down and hang around more and more, and as soon as she'd get in, she started bossing people around in humorous way I suppose. It was through that that she hooked up with our then producer Steve Lillywhite. Eventually they married some year or so later.

JK: One night, we were a bit lost on that track. We knew it had a great melody, but the arrangement was kind of puzzling us. And with a stroke, she said, "Do this. And put that there. And put that little bit at the end." And we were like, "Listen to you!"

JK: I've got great memories of that. And, of course, she said, "I want to sing on it, as well. Let me do this thing." And she went in the studio and put her beautiful tone down on the track.

JK: We were listening to the track recently, Charlie Burchill and I, and we could hear Kirsty's little voice and really... how could we not be emotional? We miss her an I certainly wish I spent more time with her.

JK: Not that long before the tragic incident that stole Kirsty's life away occurred. She was in Glasgow for some work appointment. Despite the fact that I was not around (Or maybe because I was not around) she decided to pop by my parents house and see them. My mother adored her. We all did, and still do. She was genuinely a great artist. And a great laugh also.

Songfacts Interview
March 2018




lyrics
I couldn't sleep a wink last night,
I'd love to hold on.
Love to see the fires in motion,
Love to feel a free world turn tonight.

Run till we come, until we be,
Speed your love to me.
Run till we come, until we be,
Speed your love.
Run till we come, until we be,
Speed your love to me.

She would like to make a wish,
Twenty fourth cannot be this.
He moved at the speed of light,
Through the day and through the night,
Fire from the flame of youth.
Fire.

Run till we come, until we be,
Speed your love to me.

Just my imagination, just my imagination.
You go to my head, you go to my head.
With the flames that go higher and higher,
And higher and higher and higher and higher,
Over and over to me, speeds your love.

I couldn't sleep a wink last night,
I'd love to hold on.
Love to see the fires in motion,
I'd love to feel a free world turn tonight.

Run till we come, until we be,
Speed your love to me.

Just my imagination, just my imagination.
You go to my head, you go to my head.
With the flames that go higher and higher,
And higher and higher and higher and higher,
Over and over to me, speeds your love.

Run till we come, until we be,
Speed your love.

You go to my head, you go to my head,
You go to my head, over me.
Higher and higher, higher and higher,
All across to me.



discography
Edit (3:59)
Producer: Steve Lillywhite
Engineer: Howard Gray

Speed Your Love To Me 7" single Speed Your Love To Me limited edition picture disc 7" single Speed Your Love To Me 12" single Speed Your Love To Me Spanish 7" single Speed Your Love To Me Japanese 7" single Speed Your Love To Me US 7" promotional single Speed Your Love To Me US 12" promotional single Themes Volume Two Theme Nine: Speed Your Love To Me CD Theme Nine: Speed Your Love To Me MC The Best Of Simple Minds CD1 Promo The Best Of US Promo The Best Of The Best Of SACD The Best Of Night Of The Proms Special Remastered Edition Gift Pack Limited Edition Themes 9-11 Promo CDR Themes Volume One - Five The Best Of Donna Moderna cover CD 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 Celebrate: The Greatest Hits + US CD Celebrate: The Greatest Hits + Canadian CD Sparkle In The Rain French Promo CD Sparkle In The Rain Remaster Deluxe CD Sparkle In The Rain Remaster Super Deluxe Box

Album Version (4:25)
Producer: Steve Lillywhite
Engineer: Howard Gray

Sparkle Through The Years Canadian Promotional LP Sparkle Through The Years Canadian Promotional MC Sparkle In The Rain Limited Edition LP Sparkle In The Rain LP Sparkle In The Rain MC Sparkle In The Rain CD Sparkle In The Rain US Promo LP Sparkle In The Rain Canadian Limited Edition Tranparent Vinyl LP All The Things... Canadian Promo MC Sparkle In The Rain LP (Virgin Budget Reissue) Sparkle In The Rain MC (Virgin Budget Reissue) Sparkle In The Rain CD (Virgin Budget Reissue) Glittering Prize 81/92 Instore CD Glittering Prize 81/92 MC Glittering Prize 81/92 CD Glittering Prize 81/92 DCC Glittering Prize 81/92 French CD Glittering Prize 81/92 French CD Glittering Prize 81/92 Australian MC 81-95 DJ Copy The Promised CD Sparkle In The Rain Remaster Promo CD Sparkle In The Rain Remaster Limited Edition CD Sparkle In The Rain Remaster CD Black And White 050505 Russian CD Five Album Set Classic Album Selection Sparkle In The Rain French Promo CD Sparkle In The Rain Remaster LP Sparkle In The Rain Remaster CD Sparkle In The Rain Remaster Deluxe CD Sparkle In The Rain Remaster Super Deluxe Box The Vinyl Collection (79,84) The Music Of Simple Minds

Album Version DTS 5.1 Surround Mix (4:25)
Producer: Steve Lillywhite
Engineer: Howard Gray
Remixed by: Steve Wilson

Sparkle In The Rain French Promo CD Sparkle In The Rain Remaster Super Deluxe Box

Album Version High Resolution Stereo (4:25)
Producer: Steve Lillywhite
Engineer: Howard Gray
Remixed by: Steve Wilson

Sparkle In The Rain French Promo CD Sparkle In The Rain Remaster Super Deluxe Box Sparkle In The Rain HFPA

Album Version Dolby Digital 5:1 (4:25)
Producer: Steve Lillywhite
Engineer: Howard Gray
Remixed by: Steve Wilson

Sparkle In The Rain French Promo CD Sparkle In The Rain Remaster Super Deluxe Box

Album Version 24/96 LPCM Stereo (4:25)
Producer: Steve Lillywhite
Engineer: Howard Gray
Remixed by: Steve Wilson

Sparkle In The Rain HFPA

Album Version 24/96 DTS 5.1 Surround Mix (4:25)
Producer: Steve Lillywhite
Engineer: Howard Gray
Remixed by: Steve Wilson

Sparkle In The Rain HFPA

Album Version 24/96 Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Mix (4:25)
Producer: Steve Lillywhite
Engineer: Howard Gray
Remixed by: Steve Wilson

Sparkle In The Rain HFPA

Extended Mix (7:29)
Producer: Steve Lillywhite
Engineer: Howard Gray

Speed Your Love To Me 12" single Simplemente LP Alive And Kicking (84,85,86) Japanese LP Alive And Kicking (84,85,86) LP Alive And Kicking (84,85,86) LP Alive And Kicking (84,85,86) MC Alive And Kicking (84,85,86) New Zealand LP Alive And Kicking (84,85,86) CD Themes Volume Two Theme Nine: Speed Your Love To Me CD Theme Nine: Speed Your Love To Me MC The Platinum Collection CD Themes 9-11 Promo CDR Themes Volume One - Five Sparkle In The Rain French Promo CD Sparkle In The Rain Remaster Deluxe CD Sparkle In The Rain Remaster Super Deluxe Box

Live Version (28th February 1984) (5:36)
Recorded: Barrowland Ballroom, Glasgow, UK
Engineer: Steve Lillywhite

Sparkle In The Rain French Promo CD Sparkle In The Rain Remaster Super Deluxe Box

Live Version (10th June 2011) (2:58)
Recorded: Bedgebury Pinetum And Forest, Gouldhurst, Kent, UK
Mixed By Concert Live

Simple Minds Live Triple CD Simple Minds Live Double CD

Live Version (16th June 2011) (2:55)
Recorded: Hampton Court Palace Festival, London, UK
Mixed By Concert Live

Simple Minds Live Triple CD Simple Minds Live Triple CD Simple Minds Live Limited Edition Double CD

Live Electro Version (20th November 2013) (2:31)
Recorded: Heineken Music Hall, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Mixed By Concert Live

Simple Minds Live Generic CD

Live Electro Version (27th November 2013) (3:22)
Recorded: SSE Hydro, Glasgow, UK
Mixed By Olivier Gerard
Sound Engineer: Rudy Coclet
Mastered By Alan Ward

Live EP Celebrate - Live At The SSE Hydro Deluxe CD

Live Electro Version (28th November 2013) (3:17)
Recorded: Arena, Manchester, UK
Mixed By Concert Live

Simple Minds Live Generic CD

Live Electro Version (30th November 2013) (3:14)
Recorded: O2, London, UK
Mixed By Concert Live

Simple Minds Live Generic CD

Live Electro Version (26th January 2014) (3:19)
Recorded: Palladium, Riga, Latvia
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Electro Version (27th January 2014) (3:20)
Recorded: Circus, Helsinki, Finland
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Electro Version (29th January 2014) (3:19)
Recorded: Circus, Stockholm, Sweden
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Electro Version (30th January 2014) (3:19)
Recorded: Sentrum Scene, Oslo, Norway
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Electro Version (31st January 2014) (3:12)
Recorded: Vega, Copenhagen, Denmark
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Electro Version (1st February 2014) (3:21)
Recorded: Huxleys, Berlin, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Electro Version (3rd February 2014) (3:19)
Recorded: Docks, Hamburg, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Electro Version (4th February 2014) (3:22)
Recorded: Docks, Hamburg, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Electro Version (5th February 2014) (3:20)
Recorded: Jovel Music Hall, Munster, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Electro Version (7th February 2014) (3:18)
Recorded: Stadthalle, Bremerhaven, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Electro Version (8th February 2014) (3:18)
Recorded: Sparkassen Arena, Aurich, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Electro Version (9th February 2014) (3:19)
Recorded: Ringlokschuppen, Bielefeld, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Electro Version (11th February 2014) (3:19)
Recorded: Tollhaus, Karlsruhe, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Electro Version (12th February 2014) (3:21)
Recorded: Europahalle, Trier, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Electro Version (14th February 2014) (3:18)
Recorded: Palladium, Köln, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Electro Version (21st February 2014) (3:23)
Recorded: Stadthalle, Fürth, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Electro Version (23rd February 2014) (3:20)
Recorded: Stadthalle, Singen, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Electro Version (25th February 2014) (3:24)
Recorded: Alcatraz, Milan, Italy
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Electro Version (26th February 2014) (3:20)
Recorded: Festhalle, Berne, Switzerland
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Electro Version (28th February 2014) (3:20)
Recorded: Incheba Arena, Prague, Czech Republic
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Electro Version (1st March 2014) (3:21)
Recorded: Sala Ziemi, Poznan, Poland
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Electro Version (2nd March 2014) (3:19)
Recorded: Stodola, Warsaw, Poland
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Electro Version (9th June 2014) (3:21)
Recorded: KulturPur Festival, Hilchenbach, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (February-May 2015) (2:17)
Recorded: Big Music Tour 2015
Recorded By: Olivier Gerard
Mixed By: Olivier Gerard at Jet Studios

Live Big Music Tour 2015

Acoustic (3:53)
Producer: Andy Wright, Gavin Goldberg and Simple Minds
Recorded By: Gavin Goldberg
Mixed By: Gavin Goldberg


Acoustic Promo CD Acoustic Extra Tracks Promo CD Acoustic LP

Acoustic Live (10th November 2016) (3:47)
Sound Engineer: Olivier Gerard
Audio Mixed By: Olivier Gerard assisted by Rudy Coclet
Mastered By: Alan Ward


Acoustic Promo CD Acoustic Live CD + DVD




downloads
Live Version (16th Feb 2006) (5:16)
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 Electro Version (26th January 2014) (3:19)
Recorded: Palladium, Riga, Latvia
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Electro Version (27th January 2014) (3:20)
Recorded: Circus, Helsinki, Finland
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Electro Version (29th January 2014) (3:19)
Recorded: Circus, Stockholm, Sweden
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Electro Version (30th January 2014) (3:19)
Recorded: Sentrum Scene, Oslo, Norway
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Electro Version (31st January 2014) (3:12)
Recorded: Vega, Copenhagen, Denmark
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Electro Version (1st February 2014) (3:21)
Recorded: Huxleys, Berlin, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Electro Version (3rd February 2014) (3:19)
Recorded: Docks, Hamburg, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Electro Version (4th February 2014) (3:22)
Recorded: Docks, Hamburg, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Electro Version (5th February 2014) (3:20)
Recorded: Jovel Music Hall, Munster, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Electro Version (7th February 2014) (3:18)
Recorded: Stadthalle, Bremerhaven, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Electro Version (8th February 2014) (3:18)
Recorded: Sparkassen Arena, Aurich, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Electro Version (9th February 2014) (3:19)
Recorded: Ringlokschuppen, Bielefeld, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Electro Version (11th February 2014) (3:19)
Recorded: Tollhaus, Karlsruhe, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Electro Version (12th February 2014) (3:21)
Recorded: Europahalle, Trier, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Electro Version (14th February 2014) (3:18)
Recorded: Palladium, Köln, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Electro Version (21st February 2014) (3:23)
Recorded: Stadthalle, Fürth, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Electro Version (23rd February 2014) (3:20)
Recorded: Stadthalle, Singen, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Electro Version (25th February 2014) (3:24)
Recorded: Alcatraz, Milan, Italy
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Electro Version (26th February 2014) (3:20)
Recorded: Festhalle, Berne, Switzerland
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Electro Version (28th February 2014) (3:20)
Recorded: Incheba Arena, Prague, Czech Republic
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Electro Version (1st March 2014) (3:21)
Recorded: Sala Ziemi, Poznan, Poland
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Electro Version (2nd March 2014) (3:19)
Recorded: Stodola, Warsaw, Poland
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Electro Version (9th June 2014) (3:21)
Recorded: KulturPur Festival, Hilchenbach, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB




videography
Edit (3:59)
Producer: Steve Lillywhite
Engineer: Howard Gray


Speed Your Love To Me promo video Seen The Lights - A Visual History Promo DVD Seen The Lights - A Visual History DVD

Live Version (27th November 2013) (3:24)
Recorded: Hydro, Glasgow, UK
Mixing: Olivier Gerard (GG) at Jet Studios, Brussels
Sound Engineer: Rudy Coclet

Celebrate - Live At The SSE Hydro Deluxe CD

Acoustic Live (10th November 2016) (3:47)
Sound Engineer: Olivier Gerard
Audio Mixed By: Olivier Gerard assisted by Rudy Coclet
Mastered By: Alan Ward


Acoustic Live CD + DVD Acoustic In Concert DVD Acoustic In Concert Blu-Ray




live history
Tour Du Monde: 1983-1984
Barrowlands: 1985
Once Upon A Time Tour: 1985-1986
Cash For Kids: 1987
The Floating World Tour: 2002
Alive And Kicking Tour: 2003
Festival Tour: 2004
Intimate Tour: 2005
Black And White Tour: 2006
Celebrate 30 Years Live Tour: 2008
Australian Tour: 2010
Greatest Hits Forest Tour: 2011
Greatest Hits +: 2013
Americas Tour: 2013
South Africa / Europe: 2013
Greatest Hits + European Tour: 2014
Greatest Hits + Summer Tour: 2014
Big Music European Tour: 2015
Big Music Winter Tour: 2015
Travelling Light: 2016
Acoustic Live: 2017
Walk Between Worlds Summer Tour: 2018