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magic


composers
Written by: Kerr / Burchill


publisher
BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd


background
The melody was composed during the Good News From The Next World sessions. Realising it had potential, it was added to the pool of ideas and incomplete songs which would be revisited from time-to-time.

It was picked up again during the Black And White 050505 sessions, where it became known as Fortune Teller.

Magic was also briefly considered for the album's title.

There really is no magic formula to writing songs and making records. Least not so in our experience, and we have written hundreds of them. Mostly it comes down to a little inspiration and a ton of hard work.

What is certain is that songs don't write themselves. No, you have to turn up and work on them, knowing that you might get lucky and a finished one will seemingly just pop out of nowhere.

The real likelihood however is that mostly you will be in it for the long haul, putting in the necessary hours and honing the original idea until the structure and the feel are suddenly just right.

And then even when you get to that stage, a feeling of doubt may appear, telling you that what you have is good... but not great.

And with that you sometimes decide to leave the idea, perhaps come back to it another time. Charlie and I go through that particular process with our songs most often. We certainly went through that and so much more with Magic - Track 1 on our forthcoming album Walk Between Worlds.

That said, during the process sometimes inexplicable events happen, and an idea or two does comes flying out of somewhere or other, indeed as if by magic.

The job is to be alert enough to know how to catch that fleeting expression of mental energy. I guess that really is what artists are meant to do.

It was by accident that our producer Andy Wright and Gavin Goldberg got to hear a previous demo of Magic, first worked on over a decade ago, it went under another title entirely back then.

Charlie and I had forgotten all about it, given up on it even?

They then convinced us that the song definitely had "the magic" and that we absolutely needed to return to it. To give it one more go! To find the missing piece that until then had eluded us.

It is good to work hard. The reward feels more valid in the end. Meanwhile, I cannot wait to play Magic live. The walls will shake!

Jim Kerr
16th December 2017

It was chosen as the first single from the album. It was premiered on RTL Radio in France on the 15th December; an unannounced move, and given that download links were quickly removed, it was probably erroneously released before an embargo was lifted.

Magic finally received its official worldwide premiere on the 4th January 2018 when it was exclusively played on Chris Evans' BBC Radio Two breakfast show. The video and digital downloads of the song were released on the same day.

Three slightly different versions were released: The full length album version appeared on Google, Amazon and other digital retailers and was available for purchase; an exclusive edit of the album version was used for the video; and a remixed edit was used for radio play and Spotify streaming.

It was BBC Radio Two's Single Of The Week starting Monday 15th January.




lyrics
Now I believe in forces
I need the truth, the reason why
Was so amazed, such a lucky child
And then something died, like everybody it hurt inside
And I would walk through the city with my wounded pride
But everybody is too busy and youíre wondering why
Thereís a hole inside, I need a pill not an alibi
Now itís all coming together, and it breaks like a storm
This is our kind of weather
Now itís all coming together

Cause now that I believe in magic
I believe in your lips, I believe things coming in waves
Now I believe in forces, I believe itís all set
Nothing here can make me sway
And now that I believe in magic
Nothing can confound this, nothing can explain away
Now I believe in forces, I believe in your steps
Taking me some other way

Lost inhibitions, Iíd lose my mind
Reality was no friend of mine
So I thought I knew?
But everybodyís just kidding you
And I remember when I stumbled on a slippery stone
I was in the jungle and I couldnít get home
Was in a zoo, without a single clue
Now itís all coming together, and it breaks like a storm
This is our kind of weather

Cause now that I believe in magic, I believe in forces

I believe in magic
I believe in your lips, I believe things coming in waves
Now I believe in forces, I believe itís all set
Nothing here can make me sway
And now that I believe in magic
Nothing can confound this, nothing can explain away
Now I believe in forces, I believe in your steps
Taking me some other way




discography
Edit (3:23)
Mixed by Ash Howes
Produced by Andy Wright, Gavin Goldberg and Simple Minds
Mixed by Gavin Goldberg
Assisted by Lewis Chapman


Video Edit (3:35)
Produced by Andy Wright, Gavin Goldberg and Simple Minds
Mixed by Gavin Goldberg
Assisted by Lewis Chapman


Album Version (4:35)
Produced by Andy Wright, Gavin Goldberg and Simple Minds
Mixed by Gavin Goldberg
Assisted by Lewis Chapman


Walk Between Worlds LP Walk Between Worlds Limited Edition Deluxe LP (Blue) Walk Between Worlds Limited Edition Deluxe LP (Pink) Walk Between Worlds Limited Edition Picture LP Walk Between Worlds CD Walk Between Worlds Limited Edition Deluxe CD



videography
Video Edit (3:35)
Produced by Andy Wright, Gavin Goldberg and Simple Minds
Mixed by Gavin Goldberg
Assisted by Lewis Chapman
Maigc promo video