Fields of Fire (song)

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"Fields of Fire"
Big Country Fields of Fire.jpg
Single by Big Country
from the album The Crossing
Released18 February 1983
GenreCeltic rock
Songwriter(s)Stuart Adamson, Mark Brzezicki, Tony Butler, Bruce Watson
Producer(s)Steve Lillywhite
Big Country singles chronology
"Harvest Home"
"Fields of Fire"
"In a Big Country"

"Fields of Fire" (single version subtitled "400 Miles")[1] is one of the biggest hits by the Scottish rock band Big Country. It was first released in the United Kingdom in 1983 as the second single from the band's debut album The Crossing.

Music video[edit]

The music video begins with a young boy playing with his toy train set. The members of the band are passengers on a train that has left the railway station and are seen playing their instruments inside their train coach. After going through a tunnel, the train is stopped because a Scotsman is playing the bagpipes on the railway line. The band then leave their carriage and follow the Scotsman to find themselves watching a First World War Battle in which the band members themselves are taking part. [2]


The song was a big hit, introducing the band to mainstream audiences in the United States in 1984 and reaching the top ten in the UK Singles Chart.[1] On their album review of The Crossing, Rolling Stone noted that the song was "one of the great, resounding anthems of this or any other year" and praised the "bagpipelike single-string riffs".[3] Big Country's bassist Tony Butler has also claimed this song to be one of his favorites.[4]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1983-1984) Peak
New Zealand Singles Chart 26
UK Singles Chart[1] 10
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 52



Compilation album usage[edit]

The song has been included on several notable compilation albums since its release. For instance, in 1992, the track was included on the Time Life:The Rock Collection-Hot Rock release,[9] and in 1997, the long-running The Best... Album in the World...Ever! compilation album brand included the song on their The Best Scottish Album in the World... Ever! release.[10]


  1. ^ a b c Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. pp. 56–7. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  2. ^ "YouTube". YouTube. Retrieved 8 April 2014.
  3. ^ "Album Reviews and Ratings". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 8 April 2014.
  4. ^ "Greatest Hits (News of the World)". 10 December 2006. Retrieved 8 April 2014.
  5. ^ "RetroUniverse: Big Country - The Settlement Years". 7 February 2009. Retrieved 8 April 2014.
  6. ^ Steffen Hung. "". Retrieved 31 March 2012.
  7. ^ "Big Country". UMD Music. Retrieved 31 March 2012.
  8. ^ Steffen Hung. "Big Country - Fields Of Fire (400 Miles)". Retrieved 8 April 2014.
  9. ^ Steffen Hung. "Time Life: The Rock Collection - Hot Rock". Retrieved 8 April 2014.
  10. ^ "The Best Scottish Album in the World...Ever! - Various Artists | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 8 April 2014.

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