Cathedral Song

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"Cathedral Song"
Tanita Tikaram - Cathedral Song.jpg
Single by Tanita Tikaram
from the album Ancient Heart
A-side "Cathedral Song"
B-side "Sighing Innocents, Fireflies In The Kitchen, Let’s Make Everybody Smile Today, Over To You All [LIVE]"
Released 1989
Format 7", 12" , CD single
Recorded 1988
Genre Folk rock
Length 2:52
Label WEA
Songwriter(s) Tanita Tikaram
Producer(s) Peter Van Hooke, Rod Argent
Tanita Tikaram singles chronology
"String Module Error: Match not found"
"Cathedral Song"
"String Module Error: Match not found"
Twist in My Sobriety
Cathedral Song
World Outside Your Window

"Cathedral Song" is a song released as a single from the album Ancient Heart by Tanita Tikaram. It received a nice treatment on music video with an extended length video, portraying love story between two swimmers in a summer. The video was shot in black & white, and Tanita is featured only in studio footage, not on the external footages. The single peaked at #48 in UK. Most of video was filmed in Portugal in Praia Grande, Guincho beach, Estoril and Cristo Rei sanctuary.


WEA released a limited edition 7" EP box set which featured three prints from the video. Other formats also feature live tracks - "Over You All" (CD/7" box), "Let's Make Everybody Smile Today" (CD/12"/7" box) and "Fireflies In The Kitchen" (12"). No studio versions were recorded of the last two.


Chart (1989) Peak
Dutch Singles Chart 36
German Singles Chart 71
UK Singles Chart 48


This song was covered by Brazilian singer Zélia Duncan. Her version, which features similar arrangement but lyrics in Portuguese, was released in her second homonymous album (1994) and became a smash hit in Brazil and "Catedral" (the Brazilian title of the song) is still considered a classic tune. The translated version has also been covered by Leandro, from the duo Leandro e Leonardo. The song was also covered by Renato Russo from the Legião Urbana band.

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