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this fear of gods


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
Jim would recall that This Fear Of Gods was inspired by a same-titled short story in Jorge Luis Borge's Labyrinths: "One of those stories, 'This Fear Of Gods', tells of a man who waited for God for century upon century. He had an absolute faith in God's eventual arrival, but God let him down. Eventually he does arrive, in the shape of a large bird. By then, the man has lost his illusions, and he shoots the bird. He shoots his God! The gods have not left us, we killed them."

However, that book doesn't feature a short story called This Fear Of Gods!

This lengthy closing track on the first side of the album, This Fear Of Gods became a fairly obscure number, only featuring live during the end of the Real To Real Cacophony tour and the start of the Empires And Dance 1980 tour.


"Trance like genius. We were so in tune with each other at this time. The chemistry of the original band will never be beaten. Simply mysterious."

"We would wake up, breakfast ready on the huge kitchen table, eat what you could, before the inevitable food fight would start, then transfer ourselves into the studio to commit our talent to tape."

"I have recreated Gods on my album, simply because I love the track, and it definitely set us up as one of the most exciting bands on the planet. I found out, during my new recording, that the key in the album is D-Flat, as John Leckie, our producer of the highest order, must have slowed the tape down. He did work with all The Beatles to be fair."

Derek Forbes
www.derekforbesmusic.com
June 2016




lyrics
Someone singing in the shower.
Someone singing in the shower.
Singing, singing, singing,
Singing shower.
Someone's singing in the shower.

I hear a voice and hear no angel.
I hear a voice and hear no angel.
Hero see no, hero see no,
Hero see no,
Hear and see no,
Hear a voice and see no angel.

Violence and vivisection.
Violence and vivisection.
Lust, lust, lust,
Lust, lust, lust.
Violence and vivisection.

Gods.
Gods.
This fear of Gods.

Some boys are calling,
Boys are crying.
Some boys are calling,
Boys are crying.
Calling, calling, calling,
Crying.
Calling, calling, calling,
Crying.

Fear is fast,
I'm turning white now.
Fear is fast,
I'm turning white now.
Faster, faster, faster,
Faster, faster, faster.
Fear is fast.
I'm turning white now.

Gods.
Gods.
This fear of Gods.

I'm back on black,
Fear of Gods.
Back on black.



discography
Album Version (7:00)
Producer: Leckie
Engineer: Jones

Empires And Dance LP Empires And Dance MC Empires And Dance LP (Virgin Reissue) Empires And Dance MC (Virgin Reissue) Empires And Dance CD Empires And Dance CD (Virgin Budget Reissue) Empires And Dance LP (Virgin Budget Reissue) Empires And Dance MC (Virgin Budget Reissue) Compact Collection Empires And Dance Remaster Promo CD Empires And Dance Remaster Limited Edition CD Empires And Dance Cacophony Remaster CD X5 Empires And Dance Promo X5 The Vinyl Collection (79,84)

Live Version (21st July 2012) (5:02)
Recorded: Theatre Antique, Arles, France
Recorded by: Olivier Gerard
Mixed by: Olivier Gerard
Engineered by: Rudy Coclet
ISRC: GB01A1201424

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

Live Version (30th November 2012) (4:35)
Recorded: Palais Theatre, Melbourne, Australia
Produced by: Zach Bair
Recorded and Mixed by: Matt Dever

Live 2012: Melbourne

Live Version (9th December 2012) (5:38)
Recorded: Sirromet Wines, Mount Cotton, Australia
Produced by: Zach Bair
Recorded and Mixed by: Matt Dever

Live 2012: Mount Cotton

Live Version (12th December 2012) (5:38)
Recorded: Entertainment Centre, Wollongong, Australia
Produced by: Zach Bair
Recorded and Mixed by: Matt Dever

Live 2012: Wollongong

Live Version (20th November 2013) (5:31)
Recorded: Heineken Music Hall, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Mixed By Concert Live

Simple Minds Live Generic CD

Live Version (27th November 2013) (5:38)
Recorded: Hydro, Glasgow, UK
Mixing: Olivier Gerard (GG) at Jet Studios, Brussels
Sound Engineer: Rudy Coclet

Celebrate - Live At The SSE Hydro Deluxe CD

Live Version (28th November 2013) (5:36)
Recorded: Arena, Manchester, UK
Mixed By Concert Live

Simple Minds Live Generic CD

Live Version (30th November 2013) (5:31)
Recorded: O2, London, UK
Mixed By Concert Live

Simple Minds Live Generic CD

Live Version (4th February 2014) (5:33)
Recorded: Docks, Hamburg, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (5th February 2014) (5:34)
Recorded: Jovel Music Hall, Munster, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB




videography
Live Version (27th November 2013) (5:38)
Recorded: Hydro, Glasgow, UK
Mixing: Olivier Gerard (GG) at Jet Studios, Brussels
Sound Engineer: Rudy Coclet

Celebrate - Live At The SSE Hydro Deluxe CD




downloads
Live Version (4th February 2014) (5:33)
Recorded: Docks, Hamburg, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (5th February 2014) (5:34)
Recorded: Jovel Music Hall, Munster, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB




live history
Real To Real Cacophony Tour: 1979-1980
Empires And Dance Tour: 1980
Sons And Fascination Tour: 1981
Lostboy! AKA Electroset Tour: 2010
5X5 Tour: 2012
Festival Tour: 2012
Australia: 2012
Americas Tour: 2013
South Africa / Europe: 2013
Greatest Hits + European Tour: 2014
Big Music Winter Tour: 2015