Dignity (Deacon Blue song)

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"Dignity"
First Release
Cover of 7" single
Single by Deacon Blue
from the album Raintown
B-side "Riches"
"Ribbons and Bows"
Released March 1987
Format 7" vinyl, 12" vinyl, cassette
Recorded 1986
Genre Pop rock
Length 4:00 (7")
_____ (12")
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Ricky Ross
Producer(s) Jon Kelly
Deacon Blue singles chronology
"Dignity"
(1st Release)
(1987)
"Loaded"
(1987)
"Dignity"
Single by Deacon Blue
from the album Raintown
B-side "Suffering"
"Raintown (Piano Version)"
"Shifting Sand"
Released January 1988
Format 7" vinyl, 7" EP, 10" vinyl, 12" vinyl, CD
Recorded November 1987
Genre Pop/Rock
Length 4:13 (7")
_____ (12")
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Ricky Ross
Producer(s) Bob Clearmountain
Deacon Blue singles chronology
"When Will You (Make My Telephone Ring)" (1st Release)
(1987)
"Dignity"
(2nd Release)
(1988)
"When Will You (Make My Telephone Ring)"
(2nd Release)
(1988)
"Dignity"
Single by Deacon Blue
from the album Our Town - The Greatest Hits
B-side "Beautiful Stranger"
"Waves of Sorrow"
Released 16 May 1994
Format cassette, CD
Genre Pop/Rock
Length 4:16
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Ricky Ross
Producer(s) Bob Clearmountain
Jon Kelly
Deacon Blue singles chronology
"I Was Right and You Were Wrong"
(1994)
"Dignity"
(3rd Release)
(1994)
"Love Hurts"
(1997)

"Dignity" is a song by Deacon Blue, which was the band's first official release. It is one of their most popular songs and is known for being sung at pub karaokes, and it is usually played as the final song at concerts. It received the most public votes for the 1980s songs in the Scotland's Greatest Album contest run by STV in 2011, and will be featured on the 12 track compilation.[1]

The song tells the story of a litter-collector working for the local council who tells the singer/narrator that he is saving his money to buy a dinghy, which he will call "Dignity". He will take it on travels, proudly telling people that he bought it with money he had saved.

Multiple Releases[edit]

"Dignity" has been officially released as a single three times. It was first released in May 1987 as the lead single before the release of Deacon Blue's first album Raintown. The single failed to chart in the UK, although it did reach the lower region of the charts in the Netherlands, and sales on the album were slow to start. The 12" version of the first release featured a different vocal and alternate lyrics. After the release of two subsequent singles, "Dignity" was re-recorded in November 1987 by Bob Clearmountain and the new mix released in January 1988 as the fourth single (and second release of "Dignity"). The second release charted on the UK singles chart and its success helped increase sales of Raintown.

"Dignity" was released for a third time as the second single from Deacon Blue's first greatest hits compilation Our Town - The Greatest Hits. During the third release, two companion CD singles were released—one with the original version of "Dignity" and one with the Bob Clearmountain remix version.

A retitled and rerecorded version of "Dignity" was used in an advert in 2008 for the assisted suicide organisation Dignitas. In this version, the narrator declares his intention to set up an offshore 'suicide boat' where euthanasia can be performed legally, in order to preserve the 'dignity' of the terminally ill. This version, named "Dignitas", charted at no. 16 in Switzerland. It is unknown whether the principal members of Deacon Blue endorse assisted suicide.

Track listings[edit]

All songs written by Ricky Ross, except where noted:

Dignity (1st Release) (March 1987)[edit]

7" single (Deac 1)

  1. "Dignity" - 4:00
  2. "Riches" - 2:39

Cassette single (XPC 4011) (Packaged with 7" single)

  1. "Dignity" - 4:00
  2. "Riches" - 2:39
  3. Edited excerpts of songs from Raintown

12" single (Deac t1)

  1. "Dignity (12" Version)"
  2. "Riches" (12" Version)"
  3. "Ribbons and Bows" - 4:18

Dignity (2nd Release) (January 1988)[edit]

7" single (Deac 4)

  1. "Dignity [Bob Clearmountain Remix]" - 4:13
  2. "Suffering" - 2:44

7" Extended Play Single (Deac ep4)

  1. "Dignity [Bob Clearmountain Remix]" - 4:13
  2. "Suffering" - 2:44
  3. "Raintown (Piano Version)" - 3:40
  4. "Ronnie Spector" (Ross, Kelling, Prime) - 3:29

10" single (Deac q4)

  1. "Dignity [Bob Clearmountain Remix]" - 4:13
  2. "Suffering" - 2:44
  3. "Shifting Sand" (Ross, Prime) - 3:18

12" single (Deac t4)

  1. "Dignity [Bob Clearmountain Remix] (Extended Version)"
  2. "Just Like Boys" (Ross, Prime) - 3:13
  3. "Shifting Sand" (Ross, Prime) - 3:18
  4. "Ronnie Spector" (Ross, Kelling, Prime) - 3:29

CD single (CDDeac 4)

  1. "Dignity [Bob Clearmountain Remix]"
  2. "Suffering" - 2:44
  3. "Just Like Boys" (Ross, Prime) - 3:13
  4. "Shifting Sand" (Ross, Prime) - 3:18

Dignity (3rd Release) (May 1994)[edit]

Cassette single (660448 4)

  1. "Dignity [Bob Clearmountain Remix]" - 4:16
  2. "Beautiful Stranger" (Ross, Prime) - 3:54

CD single A (660448 2)

  1. "Dignity [Bob Clearmountain Remix]" - 4:16
  2. "Beautiful Stranger" (Ross, Prime) - 3:54
  3. "Waves of Sorrow (Piano and Vocal Version)" - 3:25
  4. "Bethlehem's Gate (Piano and Vocal Version)" - 3:33

CD single B (660448 5)

  1. "Dignity" - 4:03
  2. "Fergus Sings the Blues (Live From The Hammersmith Odeon, 22.04.93)" (Ross, Prime) - 4:10
  3. "Loaded (Live From The Hammersmith Odeon, 22.04.93)" - 3:51
  4. "Chocolate Girl (Live From The Hammersmith Odeon, 22.04.93) [with "My Girl" melody]" - 6:22

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1987) Peak
position
Dutch GfK chart[2] 45
Chart (1988) Peak
position
UK Singles Chart[3] 31
US Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks[4] 22
Chart (1994) Peak
position
UK Singles Chart[5] 20

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Scotland's Greatest Album revealed". Retrieved 4 November 2011. 
  2. ^ "dutchcharts.nl - Deacon Blue - Dignity". Retrieved 17 May 2009. 
  3. ^ "Chart Stats - Deacon Blue - Dignity". Retrieved 17 May 2009. 
  4. ^ "allmusic ((( Deacon Blue > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles )))". Retrieved 17 May 2009 (2009-05-17). 
  5. ^ "Chart Stats - Deacon Blue - Dignity {1994}". Retrieved 17 May 2009 (2009-05-17). 

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