Eternity/The Road to Mandalay

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This article is about Robbie Williams single. For the Midnight Oil song Mountains of Burma, see Blue Sky Mine. For the 1926 film by Tod Browning, see The Road to Mandalay (film). For the Rudyard Kipling/Oley Speaks song, see Mandalay (poem). For other uses, see Eternity (disambiguation).
"Eternity"/"The Road to Mandalay"
Single by Robbie Williams
from the album Sing When You're Winning
Released 9 July 2001
Format CD single, cassette
Recorded 2000
Genre Pop rock, soft rock
Length 5:00 ("Eternity")
4:12 (radio edit)
3:56 ("The Road to Mandalay")
3:18 (radio edit)
Producer(s) Guy Chambers
Steve Power
Certification Gold (BPI)
Robbie Williams singles chronology
"Let Love Be Your Energy"
(2001)
"Eternity"/"The Road to Mandalay"
(2001)
"Better Man"
(2001)

"Eternity"/"The Road to Mandalay" is the fifth single from Robbie Williams' 2000 Sing When You're Winning album, released in July 2001. "Eternity" does not appear in the album but it was later included on Williams' Greatest Hits album. The lyrics of "Eternity" were written as a tribute to Williams' close friendship with Geri Halliwell and was the 20th best selling single of 2001 in the UK and features Brian May of Queen on guitar.

Though "Eternity" never featured on a Robbie Williams studio album, a comedic snippet of the song features in the "Outtakes" hidden track on Swing When You're Winning.

Music videos[edit]

The video for "The Road to Mandalay" shows Williams and four friends, driving a Jensen FF and a Ford Transit van, alternatively goofing around and scoping out a money transport van and the people who transport the money. When the robbery goes down, Williams and his friends dress with masks covering their faces and run into the transport van with a truck. Holding up a sign demanding the money, and showing the dog of one of the drivers, thus showing they know where to find the driver's family, they quickly move the money to another van, then celebrate while driving off. Williams invites his friends to his new plush house, celebrating with plenty of champagne and cake. The video ends with the van nearly running over an elderly lady, and with Williams waking up startled next to his girlfriend.

The video for "Eternity" is a sequel to "The Road to Mandalay". It was directed by Vaughan Arnell. It is mixed with scenes from the first video are scenes of Williams and his girlfriend lounging around their house, playing pool and walking along the beach and on the trampoline. These scenes are also intercut with scenes of Williams and his girlfriend standing opposite each other, looking wistfully at each other. The end of the video shows Williams giving his girlfriend a long parting kiss, then being handcuffed and led away by the police, who tracked him down from clues left at the scene of the robbery. Williams' girlfriend is played by Australian model Lisa Seiffert.

Chart success[edit]

The single became Williams' fourth number-one hit in the United Kingdom and his second in New Zealand, it made its mark around Europe charting inside the top ten in most countries, the single went on to sell 70,186 in its first week in the United Kingdom, and overall sales exceeded the 340,000 copies being certified Silver by the BPI.[1][2]

Tracklisting[edit]

  1. "Eternity" – 5:00
  2. "The Road to Mandalay" – 3:56
  3. "Toxic" – 3:48

Peak positions[edit]

Chart (2001) Peak
position
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[3] 9
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[4] 6
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[5] 9
Canada (Nielsen SoundScan)[6] 31
Denmark (Tracklisten)[7] 3
France (SNEP)[8] 45
Germany (Media Control Charts)[9] 7
Ireland (IRMA)[10] 2
Italy (FIMI)[11] 4
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[12] 11
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[13] 1
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[14] 34
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[15] 10
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[16] 1
Preceded by
"Another Chance" by Roger Sanchez
UK Singles Chart number-one single
14 July 2001 – 28 July 2001
Succeeded by
"Eternal Flame" by Atomic Kitten
Preceded by
"Eternal Flame" by Atomic Kitten
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart number-one single
29 September 2001
Succeeded by
"Because I Got High" by Afroman

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