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east at easter


composers
Words And Music: Simple Minds
Written by: Derek Forbes / Mick MacNeil / Charles Burchill / Jim Kerr (Post 2015 Credit)


publisher
© EMI Music Publishing
© BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd, a BMG Chrysalis company. (Post 2015 Credit)


background
"The music was based on the end section of another song that we had written, but never finished, for Sparkle In The Rain. The producer, Steve Lillywhite, kept the part that we liked and created a loop of it. I can't recall what the original song was."

"The lyric was one that I'd had for a while, having written it when we were recording New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)".

"I remember that it was a tense time, with the Task Force about to sail from the UK to The Falklands Islands. The press and papers were full of talk of war and national service conscription."

"War was also raging in The Lebanon, and we met some Lebanese girls in Paris, who had only just arrived there. Listening to their personal experiences of life during wartime gave you a different insight into what it all means to be in that situation."

"I guess it's the same now when you listen to people's accounts of life in places like Bosnia or Northern Ireland."

"East At Easter was a plea for peace in the face of all this horror."

"In the end the song came together very quickly, in much the same way as Mandela Day did, which is inevitably how all the best ones come together. It's remained a firm favourite over the years, both with us and the fans." - Jim, 1993




lyrics
We go walking, hand in hand,
All across the land it's east at easter.
People walking hand in hand.
When ships are moving south it will be east at easter.

We will rock you, rock you little child.
We will rock you, rock you little child.
All across the land it's east at easter.
All across the land it's east at easter.

Things will lighten up the sky, east at easter.
Things will lighten up the sky, east at easter.

We'll go walking hand in hand,
'Cause all across the land it will be east at easter.
Ah, we will rock you, rock you little child,
We will rock you, rock you little child.
All across the land it's east at easter.
When ships go moving south it will be east at easter.

They're gonna lighten up the sky.
They're gonna lighten up the sky.
They're gonna lighten up the sky,
East at easter.

Ah, we'll go walking hand in hand.
We'll go walking hand in hand, yes.
We will rock you, rock you little child.
We will rock you, rock you,
Rock you little child.

They're gonna lighten up the sky.
When they lighten up the sky it will be east at easter.
We will rock you, rock you, rock you.



discography
Album Version (3:30)
Producer: Steve Lillywhite
Engineer: Howard Gray

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 Sparkle In The Rain LP (Virgin Budget Reissue) Sparkle In The Rain MC (Virgin Budget Reissue) Sparkle In The Rain CD (Virgin Budget Reissue) Sparkle In The Rain Remaster Promo CD Sparkle In The Rain Remaster Limited Edition CD Sparkle In The Rain Remaster 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)

Album Version DTS 5.1 Surround Mix (3:30)
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 (3:30)
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 (3:30)
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 (3:30)
Producer: Steve Lillywhite
Engineer: Howard Gray
Remixed by: Steve Wilson

Sparkle In The Rain HFPA

Album Version 24/96 DTS 5.1 Surround Mix (3:30)
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 (3:30)
Producer: Steve Lillywhite
Engineer: Howard Gray
Remixed by: Steve Wilson

Sparkle In The Rain HFPA

Live Version (12th, 13th August 1986) (4:21)
Recorded: Le Zenith, Paris, France
Producer: Bruce Lampcov
Mastered by: Bob Ludwig
Head Engineer: Steve Riddle
Additional mixing: Callum Malcolm and Tom Cadley

Live In The City Of Light Promotional Box Set Live In The City Of Light Limited Edition LP Live In The City Of Light Limited Edition MC Live In The City Of Light LP Live In The City Of Light MC Live In The City Of Light CD The Platinum Collection CD Live In The City Of Light Legendary Live Albums CD

Live Version (14th/15th Sept 1989) (6:11)
Recorded: L'Arena, Verona, Italy
Produced by Stephen Lipson
Engineered by Heff Moraes

Let There Be Love Limited Edition CD

Live Version (13th Aug 91) (4:22)
Recorded: Barrowlands, Glasgow, UK
Mastered by: Simon Heyworth
Silver Box Promo CDR #4 Silver Box

Live Version (6th November 2009) (3:59)
Recorded: Neon Concept Club, Ancona, Italy
Mixed By Concert Online

Boxed USB Stick Boxed MP3 Player

Live Version (7th November 2009) (4:11)
Recorded: Atlantico, Rome, Italy, Italy
Mixed By Concert Online

Boxed USB Stick Boxed MP3 Player

Live Version (February-May 2015) (2:48)
Recorded: Big Music Tour 2015
Recorded By: Olivier Gerard
Mixed By: Olivier Gerard at Jet Studios

Live Big Music Tour 2015




downloads
Live Version (16th Feb 06) (4:14)
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 Version (6th November 2009) (3:59)
Recorded: Neon Concept Club, Ancona, Italy
Mixed By Concert Online

Concert Online Download

Live Version (7th November 2009) (4:11)
Recorded: Atlantico, Rome, Italy, Italy
Mixed By Concert Online

Concert Online Download




videography
Live Version (15th September 1989) (6:11)
Recorded: Verona, Italy
Producer: Stephen Lipson

Verona Promo Video Verona Video Seen The Lights - A Visual History Promo DVD Seen The Lights - A Visual History DVD Seen The Lights - Live In Verona Promo DVD Seen The Lights - Live In Verona DVD Gift Pack - Limited Edition 2xCD 1xDVD Gift Pack - 2xCD 1xDVD

Live Version (7th April 2015) (2:57)
Recorded: Usher Hall, Edinburgh, UK


Big Music YouTube




live history
Tour Du Monde: 1983-1984
Barrowlands: 1985
Once Upon A Time Tour: 1985-1986
Cash For Kids: 1987
Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute: 1988
Street Fighting Years Tour: 1989
Real Life Tour: 1991
Alive And Kicking Tour: 2003
Intimate Tour: 2005
Black And White Tour: 2006
30 Years Live European Tour: 2009
Graffiti Soul Tour: 2009
Big Music European Tour: 2015