Song Lyric Sunday #38

Okay, today’s prompt is Arrivederci/Bon-voyage/Ciao/Farewell/Goodbye/Hasta la vista/Sayonara/Shalom. So what do I have in my musical archives in response to Jim Adams’ prompt for this week’s Song Lyric Sunday Challenge? 

I’m going for this quintessential 1980s hit, Don’t You (Forget About Me) by Simple Minds where the guy that’s left dancing alone when his partner says goodbye wonders how parting ways will affect their relationship.

  • Will she call his name?
  • Will she try to deny the depth of their shared feelings?
  • Will she walk on by, pretending “they” never happened?

Simple Minds are a Scottish rock band formed in Glasgow in 1977. They have released a string of hit singles, becoming best known internationally for Don’t You (Forget About Me) (1985), which topped the Billboard Hot 100 in the US.

The most commercially successful Scottish band of the 1980s, Simple Minds achieved six UK Albums chart number one albums and have sold more than 60 million albums. Despite various personnel changes, they continue to record and tour.

In 2014, Simple Minds were awarded the Q Inspiration Award for their contribution to the music industry and an Ivor Novello Award in 2016 for Outstanding Song Collection from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers, and Authors. Other notable recognitions include nominations for both the MTV Video Music Award for Best Direction and MTV Video Music Award for Best Art Direction for Don’t You (Forget About Me) in 1985, nomination for the Brit Award for British Group in 1986 and for the American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Band/Duo/Group in 1987.

The nucleus of Simple Minds consists of the two remaining original members, Jim Kerr (vocals) and Charlie Burchill (electric & acoustic guitars, occasional keyboards after 1990, saxophone and violin).

The song was written and composed by producer Keith Forsey and Steve Schiff while scoring The Breakfast Club. Both were Simple Minds fans and wrote the song with the band in mind. Forsey played a demonstration for the band’s label, A&M Records, which invited him to meet the band backstage after one of their “Tour du Monde” shows in the US. However, A&M did not notify Simple Minds that Forsey would appear, and the band declined the offer of the song despite Forsey’s enthusiasm for them.

Forsey next offered “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” to Bryan Ferry, then to Billy Idol, whom Forsey was producing at the time, but both declined. According to Simple Minds frontman Jim Kerr, the band was reluctant to record the song, as they felt they should only record their own material.

We are Simple Minds – we don’t do songs that sound like Simple Minds. We are Simple Minds. We do our own songs.

The band finally relented after persuasion from A&M and from Chrissie Hynde, Kerr’s wife at the time, and after receiving a phone call from Forsey in which he reiterated his admiration for the band. The band allegedly rearranged and recorded ‘Don’t You (Forget About Me)’ in three hours in the north London studio and promptly forgot about it, believing that it would be a throwaway song on the soundtrack to a forgettable movie.

The song caught the band at their commercial peak, and propelled by the success of The Breakfast Club, became a number-one hit in the US and Canada. It is also the band’s only number-one hit on the US Top Rock Tracks chart, staying atop that chart for three weeks. While only reaching number seven in the UK, it stayed on the charts from 1985 to 1987, one of the longest timespans for any single in the history of the chart.

The song did not appear on the band’s subsequent album Once Upon a Time, but it did appear on the 1992 best-of Glittering Prize 81/92. It soon became a fixture of the band’s live sets – with an extended audience participation section.

Lyrics: Don’t You (Forget About Me)

Hey, hey, hey, hey
Ooh-ooh, ooh-woh

Won’t you come see about me?
I’ll be alone, dancing, you know it, baby
Tell me your troubles and doubts
Give them everything, inside and out and
Love’s strange, so real in the dark
Think of the tender things that we were working on
Slow change may pull us apart
When the light gets into your heart, baby
Don’t you forget about me
Don’t, don’t, don’t, don’t
Don’t you forget about me
Will you stand above me?
Look my way? Never love me?
Rain keeps falling, rain keeps falling
Down, down, down
Will you recognize me?
Call my name or walk on by?
Rain keeps falling, rain keeps falling
Down, down, down, down
Hey, hey, hey, hey
Ooh-ooh, ooh-woh
Don’t you try and pretend
It’s my feeling we’ll win in the end, I won’t
Harm you or touch your defenses
Vanity, insecurity uh-uh!
Don’t you forget about me
I’ll be alone, dancing, you know it, baby
Going to take you apart
I’ll put us back together at heart, baby
Don’t you forget about me
Don’t, don’t, don’t, don’t
Don’t you forget about me
As you walk on by
Will you call my name?
As you walk on by
Will you call my name?
And you walk away
Or will you walk away?
Will you walk on by?
Come on, call my name
Will you call my name?
I say:
Ooh la, la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la
La, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la
La-la-la-la, la-la-la-la
La, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la
La-la-la-la, la-la-la-la
La, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la
When you walk on by
And you call my nameSource: Musixmatch
Songwriters: Forsey Keith / Schiff Steve W
Don’t You (Forget About Me) lyrics © Usi B Music Publishing, Usi A Music Publishing

Challenge Rules

  • Post the lyrics to the song of your choice, whether it fits the theme or not. If it does not fit, then please explain why you chose this song.
  • Please try to include the songwriter(s) – it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due.
  • Make sure you also credit the singer/band and if you desire you can provide a link to where you found the lyrics.
  • Link to the YouTube video, or pull it into your post so others can listen to the song.
  • Ping back to Jim’s post or place your link in his comments section.
  • Read at least one other person’s blog, so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process.
  • Feel free to suggest future prompts.
  • Most of all, have fun and enjoy the music.

9 Comments on “Song Lyric Sunday #38

  1. Wow. I’ve always assumed it was their own song. Must be frustrating, if your greatest hit was written by someone else. Great song nonetheless. Takes me right back (as Bryan Ferry would say)…

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