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blood diamonds


composers
Written by: Cook / Kerr / Burchill


publisher
Universal Music / JKMC-Bucks Music Group Ltd / Hornall Brothers Music Ltd


background
Blood Diamonds was originally written by Jim Kerr with Iain Cook of Chvrches after an introduction by Martin Hanlin. It was intended to be part of the second Lostboy! AKA album until Charlie and Steve Osborne felt it was better suited for Simple Minds.

(There's also some confusion over the writing of the song. Jim mentioned working on a song called Blood Diamonds by Paul Statham during the week between the European and Irish legs of the LostBoy! AKA ElectroSet Tour 2010).

"Back in Real World Studios. Working on Blood Diamonds, Concrete And Cherry Blossom, Honest Town and an updated Planet Zero. It's all good, very good." - Jim, 31st May 2012.

The song was one of two new tracks released on the Celebrate: The Greatest Hits+ compilation in March 2013. It was exclusively played on the Billy Sloan Show on the 17th February 2013.

After the track further evolved during the Greatest Hits + tour, the whole band re-recorded the song together, and the new version was released on Big Music.

An stream-driven analogue-synth strip-down was assembled from Jim's lyrics by ex-Ultravox John Foxx And The Maths. The track, which bubbled along on a seabed of sparkling ambient synths, was issued as an Internet freebie on the same day that Simple Minds took to the stage to celebrate 40 Years Of Disruptions by Virgin Records.




lyrics
I feel you, there's no need to search.
And I hear you, from so far away.
There's a town, that's beyond this place.
And there's a space, 'cause you're not here.

Or could I be wrong?
Imagination strikes.
I hear those uneven songs,
Returning like ghosts in flight.

Once we were lovers,
Once we were pure as friends.
Once we were blood,
Diamonds to the end.

Do you hear when the world descends.
Let's make truth once again.

Or could I be wrong?
Could there be other ways?
Or could I be wrong?
You can't untrain the heart.

Once we were lovers,
Once we were pure as friends.
Once we were blood,
Diamonds to the end.

Yeah - once we were lovers,
Once we were true as friends.
Once we were blood,
Diamonds to the end.

Diamonds to the end.

Or could I be wrong?
Could there be other ways?
Or could I be wrong?
You can't untrain the heart.

Once we were lovers,
Once we were pure as friends.
Once we were blood,
Diamonds to the end.

Yeah - once we were lovers,
Once we were true as friends.
Once we were blood,
Diamonds to the end.

Diamonds to the end.




discography
Album Version (3:55)
Produced by: ???
Engineered by: ???

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 + US CD Celebrate: The Greatest Hits + Canadian CD Blood Diamonds: Promo CD Blood Diamonds: Promo CD

Live Version (29th March 2013) (4:48)
Recorded: Sands Centre, Carlisle, UK
Mixed By Concert Live
Remastered By Derrick Carter

Simple Minds Live Generic CD Simple Minds Live Specific CD

Live Version (6th April 2013) (4:47)
Recorded: Civic Hall, Wolverhampton, UK
Mixed By Concert Live
Remastered By Derrick Carter

Simple Minds Live Generic CD Simple Minds Live Specific CD Blood Diamonds: Promo CD

Live Version (15th April 2013) (4:48)
Recorded: O2 Academy, Bournemouth, UK
Mixed By Concert Live
Remastered By Derrick Carter

Simple Minds Live Double CD Simple Minds Live Specific CD Simple Minds Live Commercial CD

Live Version (26th January 2014) (4:48)
Recorded: Palladium, Riga, Latvia
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (27th January 2014) (4:47)
Recorded: Circus, Helsinki, Finland
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (29th January 2014) (4:48)
Recorded: Circus, Stockholm, Sweden
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (30th January 2014) (4:48)
Recorded: Sentrum Scene, Oslo, Norway
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (31st January 2014) (4:50)
Recorded: Vega, Copenhagen, Denmark
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (1st February 2014) (4:49)
Recorded: Huxleys, Berlin, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (4th February 2014) (4:47)
Recorded: Docks, Hamburg, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (5th February 2014) (4:48)
Recorded: Jovel Music Hall, Munster, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (7th February 2014) (4:48)
Recorded: Stadthalle, Bremerhaven, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (8th February 2014) (4:48)
Recorded: Sparkassen Arena, Aurich, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (9th February 2014) (4:48)
Recorded: Ringlokschuppen, Bielefeld, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (11th February 2014) (4:48)
Recorded: Tollhaus, Karlsruhe, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (12th February 2014) (4:47)
Recorded: Europahalle, Trier, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (14th February 2014) (4:47)
Recorded: Palladium, Köln, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (15th February 2014) (4:47)
Recorded: Konzerthalle, Olsberg, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Album Version (4:20)
Produced by Andy Wright, Gavin Goldberg and Simple Minds
Mixed by Gavin Goldberg
Assisted by Lewis Chapman
Additional Programming by Iain Cook and Steve Osborne
Additional Engineering by Tom Dalgety

Big Music Promo CD Big Music CD Big Music Limited Edition Deluxe CD Big Music Limited Edition LP



downloads
John Foxx And The Maths Remix (5:46)
Produced by: ???
Engineered by: ???
Remixed by: John Foxx And The Maths

Blood Diamonds Download

Live Version (26th January 2014) (4:48)
Recorded: Palladium, Riga, Latvia
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (27th January 2014) (4:47)
Recorded: Circus, Helsinki, Finland
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (29th January 2014) (4:48)
Recorded: Circus, Stockholm, Sweden
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (30th January 2014) (4:48)
Recorded: Sentrum Scene, Oslo, Norway
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (31st January 2014) (4:50)
Recorded: Vega, Copenhagen, Denmark
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (1st February 2014) (4:49)
Recorded: Huxleys, Berlin, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (4th February 2014) (4:47)
Recorded: Docks, Hamburg, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (5th February 2014) (4:48)
Recorded: Jovel Music Hall, Munster, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (7th February 2014) (4:48)
Recorded: Stadthalle, Bremerhaven, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (8th February 2014) (4:48)
Recorded: Sparkassen Arena, Aurich, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (9th February 2014) (4:48)
Recorded: Ringlokschuppen, Bielefeld, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (11th February 2014) (4:48)
Recorded: Tollhaus, Karlsruhe, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (12th February 2014) (4:47)
Recorded: Europahalle, Trier, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (14th February 2014) (4:47)
Recorded: Palladium, Köln, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (15th February 2014) (4:47)
Recorded: Konzerthalle, Olsberg, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB




live history
Greatest Hits +: 2013
Summer Tour: 2013
Americas Tour: 2013
South Africa / Europe: 2013
Greatest Hits + European Tour: 2014
Greatest Hits + Summer Tour: 2014