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she's a river


composer
Written by: Kerr / Burchill


publisher
© 1995 EMI (Virgin) Music Publishing Ltd
© JKMC-Bucks Music Group Ltd / Hornall Music. (Post 2013 credit)


background
"Been working on some acoustic based stuff recently. I guess it has taken a long time to get round to it considering that the thought first came to us back in 1994 when Virgin USA did this remix [the Duo Mix] - one of which I had totally forgotten about. In doing so they were letting us see that maybe the format could work for some of our songs after all." - Jim, 15th August 2016


"This is brilliant!" claimed Dave Kelly posting right here [Facebook] 24 hours ago. At that point I had yet to put time aside to listen through, but since Johnson Somerset has in the past undoubtedly created some of the best ever Minds "extended remixes", it is fair to say that I was more than looking forward to hearing it. And so I put it in amongst yesterday's designated playlist for the trip to the East coast of Scotland. On return and while crossing over The River Forth Road Bridge - right where I used to live and wrote many of our lyrics - I decided to check out what Mr Kelly was getting all excited about. And the result?"

"Well, between the views, and the sound of Johnson's work coming at me full volume, there is no other way than to describe the rush that I felt other than a huge surge of joy! Never messing with the heart of the songs that he chooses, by emptying out the verses this time, Jonhson Somerset has created the effect of slowing the tempo fractionally. Taking care of the franticness of the original, She's A River is both heavier and hypnotic in this form."

"The heroic intro - a feature of many Johnson Somerset mixes - is matched in inspiration by the surprise of "Indian Sunset" feel that subtly drifts in at the end? By that time it feels that you've left the atmosphere of original well behind, somehow ditched a world chaos (KALI YUGA) and entered a world of inner peace. And that is what I like so much about Johnson Somerset's mixes. He takes you with him on a journey. Transcendental."

"Incidentally, while I don't ever recall talking to Johnson about the inspiration for the lyrics of She's A River. It feels to me that he instinctively knows how much debt I owe to Herman Hesse's novel of self discovery Siddaharta. As younger man I relied so much on the this book (among many others) to guide me through my own chaos. That need continues, as does the need to have inspirational music driving me on further still. Thanks for the remix Johnson!"

"Toward the end of his life, Govinda hears about an enlightened ferryman and travels to Siddhartha, not initially recognizing him as his old childhood friend. Govinda asks the now-elderly Siddhartha to relate his wisdom and Siddhartha replies that for every true statement there is an opposite one that is also true; that language and the confines of time lead people to adhere to one fixed belief that does not account for the fullness of the truth. Because nature works in a self-sustaining cycle, every entity carries in it the potential for its opposite and so the world must always be considered complete. Siddhartha simply urges people to identify and love the world in its completeness. Siddhartha then requests that Govinda kiss his forehead and, when he does, Govinda experiences the visions of timelessness that Siddhartha himself saw with Vasudeva by the river. Govinda bows to his wise friend and Siddhartha smiles radiantly, having found enlightenment." - Jim, 30th July 2017





lyrics
Shadow let go,
There's something you should know.
I just found my new direction,
And I hope you like the key.
Like the air that led me to it,
She's like the wind that sucked me through it,
She's a river and she's turning there in front of me.

Stand back - get back,
She'll paint your blue skies black.
She gives bullet proof protection,
Got a resurrection feel.
When I'm scared, and 'bout to lose,
She gives me travelling shoes.
She's a river and she's turning in front of me.
And I go blind,
Wasting my time,
While the rivers in front of me,
That's where I'm goin' to be.

Shine on, get on,
Twilight from dusk to dawn.
She's the spirit of creation,
She's the last chance guarantee.
Got a myriad of poses,
Sweet miracles and roses,
She's a river and she's turning in front of me.

'Cause when I find,
My state of mind.
The river's in front of me.

They say that every heaven's got a thousand rooms,
So take me on that freedom ride.
My heart is like a hunter's in the silent moon,
My nerves just feel electrified.
Meet me on the staircase,
Outside a darkened room,
Light me like a naked flame.
The voice of Mother Nature states,
All things must pass,
And nothing can remain.
They say that every heaven's got a thousand rooms,
So take me on that freedom ride.

You raise me like a building to the very top,
Rush me to the end of time.
You fill me full of danger,
You give me future shock,
Then you leave me wasted dying.

And I go blind,
Wasting my time,
The river's in front of me.



discography
Single Edit (4:04)
Produced by: Keith Forsey and Simple Minds
Recorded by: Brian Reeves
Mixed by: Tom Lord Alge

She's A River US Acetate CD She's A River US Promo CD She's A River US Jukebox 7"

Edit (4:29)
Produced by: Keith Forsey and Simple Minds
Recorded by: Brian Reeves
Mixed by: Tom Lord Alge

She's A River UK Acetate CD Extra Tracks Promo MC She's A River UK Acetate CD She's A River UK Acetate CD She's A River Promo MC She's A River Promo CD She's A River 7" She's A River MC She's A River CD She's A River Jukebox 7" She's A River French Jukebox 7" She's A River US Promo CD She's A River US MC She's A River US CD She's A River European 2-Track CD She's A River European 4-Track CD 81-95 DJ Copy The Best Of ... (Sampler) Selections From The Best Of The Best Of Simple Minds CD2 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 Greatest Hits + CD 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 Icon Promo CD Icon CD Celebrate: The Collection CD

Long Version (5:21)
Produced by: Keith Forsey and Simple Minds
Recorded by: Brian Reeves
Mixed by: Tom Lord Alge

She's A River US Acetate CD

Album Version (5:31)
Produced by: Keith Forsey and Simple Minds
Recorded by: Brian Reeves
Mixed by: Tom Lord Alge

She's A River UK Acetate CD 4 Tracks Sampler MC Good News From The Next World Sampler MC She's A River Promo MC She's A River Limited Edition CD She's A River US Promo CD She's A River US MC She's A River US CD She's A River French Promo 12" Good News From The Next World Instore Play CD Good News From The Next World LP Good News From The Next World MC Good News From The Next World CD Good News From The Next World US Promo MC Good News From The Next World US MC The Promised CD The Platinum Collection CD Classic Album Selection The Music Of Simple Minds

Instrumental (5:27)
Produced by: Keith Forsey and Simple Minds
Recorded by: Brian Reeves
Mixed by: Tom Lord Alge

She's A River US Acetate CD She's A River UK Acetate CD She's A River Promo MC She's A River CD She's A River French Promo 12" She's A River European 4-Track CD

Duo Mix (4:27)
Produced by: Keith Forsey and Simple Minds
Recorded by: Brian Reeves
Mixed by: Tom Lord Alge

She's A River UK Acetate CD She's A River Promo MC She's A River Limited Edition CD She's A River US MC She's A River US CD She's A River French Promo 12" She's A River Spanish Promo CD
Acapella (5:03)
Produced by: Keith Forsey and Simple Minds
Recorded by: Brian Reeves
Mixed by: Tom Lord Alge

Extra Tracks Promo MC
Live Version (13th February 1995) (6:04)
Recorded: Spreckles Theatre, San Diego, USA
Recorded by: Bill Dooley

Hypnotised Limited Edition CD single

Live Version (2nd March 1995) (6:10)
Recorded: House Of Blues, Hollywood, USA
Mixed by: Mikal Reid

House Of Blues Promotional MC House Of Blues Promotional CD

Live Version (10th September 1995) (4:40)
Recorded: Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, UK
Mastered by: Simon Heyworth
Silver Box Promo CDR #4 Silver Box Promo CDR Sampler Silver Box Mexican Promo CDR Sampler Silver Box

Live Version (7th November 2009) (5:34)
Recorded: Atlantico, Rome, Italy
Mixed By Concert Online

Boxed USB Stick Boxed MP3 Player

Live Version (30th November 2009) (5:26)
Recorded: Metro Arena, Newcastle, UK
Mixed By Concert Online

Boxed USB Stick Boxed MP3 Player Limited Edition Boxed Gold USB Stick

Live Version (18th December 2009) (5:11)
Recorded: Autostadt Piazza, Wolfsburg, Germany
Mixed By Concert Online

Boxed USB Stick Boxed MP3 Player

Live Version (29th March 2013) (5:10)
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) (4:50)
Recorded: Civic Hall, Wolverhampton, UK
Mixed By Concert Live
Remastered By Derrick Carter

Simple Minds Live Generic CD Simple Minds Live Specific CD

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

Simple Minds Live Generic CD Simple Minds Live Specific CD Simple Minds Live Commercial CD

Live Version (18th February 2014) (4:49)
Recorded: Phönixhalle, Mainz, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (20th February 2014) (4:50)
Recorded: Werfhalle, Göppingen, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (21st February 2014) (4:53)
Recorded: Stadthalle, Fürth, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (23rd February 2014) (4:50)
Recorded: Stadthalle, Singen, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (25th February 2014) (4:51)
Recorded: Alcatraz, Milan, Italy
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (26th February 2014) (4:52)
Recorded: Festhalle, Berne, Switzerland
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (28th February 2014) (4:49)
Recorded: Incheba Arena, Prague, Czech Republic
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (1st March 2014) (5:01)
Recorded: Sala Ziemi, Poznan, Poland
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (2nd March 2014) (4:53)
Recorded: Stodola, Warsaw, Poland
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (February-May 2015) (2:52)
Recorded: Big Music Tour 2015
Recorded By: Olivier Gerard
Mixed By: Olivier Gerard at Jet Studios

Live Big Music Tour 2015




videography
Video Edit (3:53)
Produced by: Keith Forsey and Simple Minds
Recorded by: Brian Reeves
Mixed by: Tom Lord Alge

She's A River promo video Seen The Lights - A Visual History Promo DVD Seen The Lights - A Visual History DVD




downloads
Live Version (7th November 2009) (5:34)
Recorded: Atlantico, Rome, Italy
Mixed By Concert Online

Concert Online Download

Live Version (30th November 2009) (5:26)
Recorded: Metro Arena, Newcastle, UK
Mixed By Concert Online

Concert Online Download

Live Version (18th December 2009) (5:11)
Recorded: Autostadt Piazza, Wolfsburg, Germany
Mixed By Concert Online

Concert Online Download

Live Version (18th February 2014) (4:49)
Recorded: Phönixhalle, Mainz, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (20th February 2014) (4:50)
Recorded: Werfhalle, Göppingen, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (21st February 2014) (4:53)
Recorded: Stadthalle, Fürth, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (23rd February 2014) (4:50)
Recorded: Stadthalle, Singen, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (25th February 2014) (4:51)
Recorded: Alcatraz, Milan, Italy
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (26th February 2014) (4:52)
Recorded: Festhalle, Berne, Switzerland
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (28th February 2014) (4:49)
Recorded: Incheba Arena, Prague, Czech Republic
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (1st March 2014) (5:01)
Recorded: Sala Ziemi, Poznan, Poland
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (2nd March 2014) (4:53)
Recorded: Stodola, Warsaw, Poland
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Johnson Somerset Remix (9:29)
Produced by: Keith Forsey and Simple Minds
Recorded by: Brian Reeves
Mixed by: Tom Lord Alge
Remixed By: Johnson Somerset
Engineered At Programmed By: Rich B, Si Willey and Tim Roe






live history
US Christmas Tour: 1994
Good News From The Next World Tour: 1995
Festival Tour: 1997
Neapolis Tour: 1998
The Floating World Tour: 2002
Alive And Kicking Tour: 2003
Festival Tour: 2004
Black And White Tour: 2006
Celebrate 30 Years Live Tour: 2008
30 Years Live European Tour: 2009
Graffiti Soul Tour: 2009
Australian Tour: 2010
Festival Show Tour: 2010
Electroset: 2013
Greatest Hits +: 2013
Americas Tour: 2013
Greatest Hits + European Tour: 2014
Greatest Hits + Summer Tour: 2014
Big Music European Tour: 2015