No Distance Left to Run

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This article is about the Blur song. For the 2010 documentary, see No Distance Left to Run (film).
"No Distance Left to Run"
Single by Blur
from the album 13
Released 15 November 1999 (1999-11-15)
Format 12" vinyl, cassette, 2 x CD, DVD
Recorded 1998
Length 3:27
Label EMI, Food Records
Writer(s) Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon, Dave Rowntree, and Alex James
Producer(s) William Orbit
Blur singles chronology
"Coffee & TV"
(1999)
"No Distance Left to Run"
(1999)
"Music Is My Radar"
(2000)
Alternative cover
Enhanced CD cover
Music video
"No Distance Left to Run" on YouTube

"No Distance Left to Run" is a song by Blur. It is on their 1999 album 13 and was also released as the third and final single from the album, reaching number 14 in the UK Singles Chart.[1] It is widely understood to refer to Blur vocalist Damon Albarn's split from long-term lover Justine Frischmann.

Music and lyrics[edit]

Damon Albarn says that he is affected by this song: "It upsets me, that song. It upset me singing it. Doing that vocal upset me greatly. To sing that lyric I really had to accept that that was the end of something in my life. It's amazing when you do have the guts to do that with your work, because it don't half help you."[2] The song's title is also the title of a documentary about the band, which was released in cinemas in January 2010.[3]

Music video[edit]

The promotional video directed by Thomas Vinterberg is notable for using night-vision cameras to capture all four members of the band asleep in their respective beds. A DVD version was also released that featured a short documentary about the making of the video. Alex James reportedly dreamt that he "was in Germany in a karaoke bar. I think I was a leopard for a minute."[4]

B-sides[edit]

The B-side "Beagle 2", was sent aboard Beagle 2, an unsuccessful British landing spacecraft that formed part of the European Space Agency's 2003 Mars Express mission. The DVD edition of the single features a video of footage of the Beagle 2 over which plays "Far Out (Beagle 2 remix)", a full band version of a song originally from Parklife, using an outtake from the Parklife sessions.

Track listing[edit]

  • CD1
  1. "No Distance Left To Run"
  2. "Tender" (Cornelius remix)
  3. "So You"
  • CD2
  1. "No Distance Left To Run"
  2. "Battle" (UNKLE remix)
  3. "Beagle 2"
  4. "No Distance Left To Run" (video)
  • Cassette
  1. "No Distance Left To Run"
  2. "Tender" (Cornelius remix)
  • 12"
  1. "No Distance Left To Run"
  2. "Tender" (Cornelius remix)
  3. "Battle" (UNKLE remix)
  • DVD
  1. "No Distance Left To Run" (video)
  2. "No Distance Left To Run" (live)
  3. "No Distance Left To Run" (making of)
  4. "Tender" (live)
  5. "Battle" (live)
  6. "Beagle 2 Space Footage"
  • European CD
  1. "No Distance Left To Run"
  2. "Tender" (Cornelius remix)
  3. "Battle" (UNKLE remix)
  4. "Beagle 2"

Production credits[edit]

  • "No Distance Left To Run" produced by William Orbit
  • "So You" and "Beagle 2" produced by Blur

Charts[edit]

Charts (1999) Peak
position
UK Singles Chart[1] 14

References[edit]

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