Walk Me to the Bridge

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"Walk Me to the Bridge"
Single by Manic Street Preachers
from the album Futurology
Released April 28, 2014 (2014-04-28)
June 29, 2014 (2014-06-29) (EP)
Format Digital download
Recorded Faster Studios, Cardiff, Wales; Hansa Studios, Berlin, Germany
Genre Alternative rock, krautrock, post-punk
Length 3:14
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Manic Street Preachers
Producer(s) Loz Williams, Alex Silva
Manic Street Preachers singles chronology
"Anthem for a Lost Cause"
(2013)
"Walk Me to the Bridge"
(2014)
"Futurology"
(2014)

"Walk Me to the Bridge" is the first single released by the Manic Street Preachers from the album Futurology. The single was released on April 28th, but it leaked in early in the month, prior to its release.[1]

Background[edit]

In an interview about the songs lyrics, bass player Nicky Wire approached the topic of whether the song was about former band member, Richey Edwards or not, Wire stated that:

People might have the idea that this song contains a lot of Richey references but it really isn’t about that, it’s about the Øresund Bridge that joins Sweden and Denmark. A long time ago when we were crossing that bridge I was flagging and thinking about leaving the band (the “fatal friend”). It’s about the idea of bridges allowing you an out of body experience as you leave and arrive in different places.[2]

The band, especially Wire have stated that he wrote the song at a critical time, when he was, as you see above in the quote tired of being in the band, and he wrote the lyrics thinking of that subject. He later felt differently after a gig in Denmark.

Release[edit]

The song was released as a digital download and it was backed by two new songs The Sound of Detachment and Caldey, it also featured a live version of the song and a rework of the song from Futurology, Europa Geht Durch Mich. It peaked in number 82 on the UK Singles Chart.

Music Video[edit]

In an interview Nicky Wire said that he wanted Kieran Evans for the video. The band tried to continue the narrative element that the two previous singles from Rewind the Film had. It was inspired by Run Lola Run and the video was released to the public on Sunday, the 27th of April.

Track listing[edit]

Digital download
No. Title Length
1. "Walk Me to the Bridge"   3:14
Digital download (Walk Me to the Bridge - EP)[3]
No. Title Length
1. "Walk Me to the Bridge" (Live from Ancienne Belgique, Brussels) 3:30
2. "The Sound of Detachment"   3:31
3. "Caldey"   3:48
4. "Europa Geht Durch Mich" (feat. Nina Hoss, Erol Alkan's Mesmerise Eins Rework) 7:27
5. "Europa Geht Durch Mich" (feat. Nina Hoss, Erol Alkan's Mesmerise Zwei Rework) 7:47

Personnel[edit]

Manic Street Preachers
Other personnel
  • Loz Williams - production
  • Alex Silva - production
  • Kieran Evans - music video

Charts[edit]

Chart (2014) Peak
position
UK Singles Chart 82[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nissim, Mayer (24 April 2014). "Manic Street Preachers explain 'Walk Me To The Bridge' single leak". Digital Spy. Retrieved 28 June 2014. 
  2. ^ Trendell, Andrew (28 April 2014). "Manic Street Preachers unveil new video, announce Futurology details". Gigwise. Retrieved 28 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "Walk Me to the Bridge: Manic Street Preachers: Amazon.co.uk: MP3 Downloads". 30 June 2014. Retrieved 24 July 2014. 

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