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calling your name


composers
Lyrics: Kerr
Music: Simple Minds
Written by: Burchill / Forbes / Kerr / MacNeil / McGee (Post 2012 credit)


publisher
© EMI Music Publishing Limited: (1979 - 2007)
© JKMC-Bucks Music Group Ltd / Hornall Music / EMI Music Publishing Ltd: (2008 - 2014)
© BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd / EMI Music Publishing Ltd: (2015 -)


background
Calling Your Name first appeared during the Life In A Day tour - but set-lists from that tour are so scarce that it's impossible to determine when it was actually written. The version played at the Fforde Green Hotel, Leeds on the 29th July 1979 was mostly an extended instrumental with only minimal lyrics - it felt like Jim was still finding his way with the song. The chorus ("Calling, calling your name") was present but the sporadic, and largely empty, verses had different lyrics.

It was rearranged and trimmed down for the final recording at Rockfield a couple of months later, where Jim wrote a new set of lyrics for the verses. Two takes were recorded: one on the 2nd September 1979 and the second on the 3rd. It became the penultimate track on the more conventional second side of Real To Real Cacophony.

It became a regular part of their early set-lists, often being the second or third track of the show. But it was eventually dropped after the recording of Sons And Fascination, forced out by the arrival of the new songs in the set.

It was one of the obvious choices from Real To Real Cacophony to resurrect for the 5X5 Tour of 2012. A live recording from Birmingham was immortalized on 5X5 Live where Jim recalled playing the song at their first gig in the city. This version followed the album's arrangement with a slightly changed guitar solo. It survived until the Festival Tour later that year.


lyrics
Private world,
Moving fast.
I see your face in the distant past.
Time passes slowly.
Time passes slowly.
Time passes slowly.
Echoes of an empty room,
Assassin at the window below.
The concrete jungle sleeps at night.
Story ends.
Leave him alone.

Calling,
Calling your name.
All that you say goes in vain.
I would like to find you,
On a voyage,
That could find itself true.

Centre of a scene,
Where a man lies dying in the sun.
The concrete jungle sleeps at night.
Story ends.
Can't leave him alone.

Calling,
Calling your name.
All that you say goes in vain.
I would like to find you,
On a voyage,
That could find itself true.

Private world,
Moving fast,
I see your face in the distant past.
Time passes slowly.
Time passes slowly.
Time passes slowly.



discography
Album Version (5:05)
Recorded and mixed: John Leckie
Arrangement: John Leckie and Simple Minds

Real To Real Cacophony LP Real To Real Cacophony 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) Real To Real Cacophony LP (Virgin Budget Reissue) Real To Real Cacophony MC (Virgin Budget Reissue) Celebration CD Real To Real Cacophony CD Real To Real Cacophony Reissue CD Celebration LP (Virgin Budget Reissue) Celebration MC (Virgin Budget Reissue) Celebration CD (Virgin Budget Reissue) 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 X5 Box Set Sampler X5 Real To Real Cacophony Promo CD X5 The Vinyl Collection (79,84)



Live Version (24th February 2012) (5:15)
Recorded: Academy, Birmingham, UK
Recorded by: Olivier Gerard
Mixed by: Olivier Gerard
Engineered by: Rudy Coclet
ISRC: GB01A1201409

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




live history
Life In A Day Tour: 1979
Real To Real Cacophony Tour: 1979-1980
Empires And Dance Tour: 1981
5X5 Tour: 2012
Festival Tour: 2012