Twist in My Sobriety

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"Twist in My Sobriety"
Single by Tanita Tikaram
from the album Ancient Heart
B-side "Friends"
"The Kill in Your Heart"
"For All These Years"
Released 1988
Format 7" single, 12" maxi, CD maxi
Genre Pop, folk
Length 3:53
Label WEA
Writer(s) Tanita Tikaram
Producer(s) Peter Van Hooke, Rod Argent
Tanita Tikaram singles chronology
Good Tradition
Twist in My Sobriety
Cathedral Song

"Twist in My Sobriety" is a song written and recorded by Tanita Tikaram. Released as a single in 1988 from her debut album Ancient Heart, it was a top ten hit in many European countries, peaking at #2 in Austria and Germany; though it achieved only moderate success in the US and Australia.

In 1996, the song was also released in UK in a remixed version peaking at #82.

In 2001, the song appeared on the soundtrack of the film Bandits.

The first line of the song, "All God's children need traveling shoes", is the title of a book by writer/poet Maya Angelou.

Music video[edit]

The sepia-colored music video was directed by Gerard de Thame and premiered in the fall of 1988. Shot on location on the Altiplano Plateau in Bolivia, the video shows various residents of a destitute village interacting with each other amidst their daily struggles. Interspersed throughout these scenes are shots of Tanita Tikaram singing in a darkened room with only one light shining on her face.[1][2][3]

Track listing[edit]

7" single
No. Title Length
1. "Twist in My Sobriety" (edit) 3:53
2. "Friends"   2:13
12" maxi
No. Title Length
1. "Twist in My Sobriety" (full length version) 4:51
2. "Friends"   2:13
3. "For All These Years"   5:13
CD maxi
No. Title Length
1. "Twist in My Sobriety" (edit) 3:55
2. "Friends"   2:16
3. "The Kill in Your Heart"   3:43
4. "For All These Years"   5:12
1996 remixes
No. Title Length
1. "Twist in My Sobriety" (Tikaramp Radio) 4:23
2. "Twist in My Sobriety" (Phil Kelsey Vocal) 9:40
3. "Twist in My Sobriety" (Extended Bumps Fluidity Mix) 5:10
4. "Twist in My Sobriety" (Tikaramp Vocal) 6:48
5. "Twist in My Sobriety" (SFX Sobriety Mix) 6:55

Charts and sales[edit]

Szidi Tobias version[edit]

"Závoj tkaný touhami"
song by Szidi Tobias from the album Ohrožený druh
Released 2008 (2008)
Genre Folk, jazz
Length 04:45
Label Sony BMG
Writer Michal Horáček
Composer Tanita Tikaram
Language Czech
Music sample

In 2008, a Czech version of the Tikaram's song was recorded by Slovak chanteuse Szidi Tobias under title "Závoj tkaný touhami" ("A Veil Woven of Desires"). Featuring alternate lyrics by Michal Horáček, the composition was released on his Anděl Awards-winning album[13] Ohrožený druh,[14] being classified as the highest selling album of a music band in the Czech Republic in 2008.[15]

Credits and personnel

Other covers[edit]


In 2011, Sebastian, Krieg and Strobe sampled "Twist in my Sobriety" in their Strobe Club Mix.

See also[edit]


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  4. ^ "Tanita Tikaram Album & Song Chart History |". Retrieved 5 June 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f " – Tanita Tikaram – Twist In My Sobriety". Retrieved 5 June 2011. 
  6. ^ "Chartverfolgung / Tikaram,Tanita / Single". Retrieved 5 June 2011. 
  7. ^ "The Irish Charts – All there is to know". Retrieved 5 June 2011.  Search for "Twist in My Sobriety"
  8. ^ "Chart Stats – Tanita Tikaram – Twist In My Sobriety". Retrieved 5 June 2011. 
  9. ^ 1989 Austrian Singles Chart (Retrieved April 20, 2008)
  10. ^ 1989 Swiss Singles Chart (Retrieved April 20, 2008)
  11. ^ "French single certifications – Tikaram Tanita – Twist in My Sobriety" (in French). InfoDisc.  Select TIKARAM TANITA and click OK
  12. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Tanita Tikaram; 'Twist in My Sobriety')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
  13. ^ "Ceny Anděl 2008". Akademie populární hudby (in Czech). APH. 2009-03-21. Retrieved 2012-01-14. 
  14. ^ Various artists (2008). Ohrožený druh (Liner Notes) (Compact Disc) (in Czech). Michal Horáček & VA. Czech Republic: Sony BMG. 
  15. ^ Marešová, Iva (2009-02-12). "Desky roku? Ohrožený druh...". T-Mobile (in Czech). T-Mobile Czech Republic. Retrieved 2012-01-14. 

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