Heal the Pain

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"Heal the Pain"
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Single by George Michael
from the album Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1
B-side "Soul Free"
Released 4 February 1991
Format
Genre Pop
Length 4:46
Label Epic
Songwriter(s) George Michael
Producer(s) George Michael
George Michael singles chronology
"Freedom! '90"
(1990)
"Heal the Pain"
(1991)
"Cowboys and Angels"
(1991)
"Freedom! '90"
(1990)
"Heal the Pain"
(1991)
"Cowboys and Angels"
(1991)
Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1 track listing
  1. "Praying for Time"
  2. "Freedom! '90
  3. "They Won't Go When I Go"
  4. "Something to Save"
  5. "Cowboys and Angels"
  6. "Waiting for That Day"
  7. "Mother's Pride"
  8. "Heal the Pain"
  9. "Soul Free"
  10. "Waiting (Reprise)"

"Heal the Pain" was a song written and performed by George Michael and released on Epic Records in 1991.

A contemplative, acoustic guitar-based love song, it was the fourth of five UK singles taken from the album Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1.

The song entered the UK Singles Chart in February 1991 and peaked at number 31. It followed a pattern of being slightly lower than its predecessor (the previous three singles had peaked at numbers 6, 23 and 28, respectively). One more single from the album would continue the pattern, by not even breaking the threshold of the top 40. "Soul Free", also taken from Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1, appeared as the B-side. For the fourth US single, Columbia Records used "Soul Free" as the A-side and "Cowboys and Angels" as the B-side, but the single did not chart.

The band Lemon Jelly have used an uncredited sample of the track on the B-side of their single "Rolled/Oats".

Brazilian singers Fernanda Takai and Samuel Rosa recorded a version of the song in Portuguese titled Pra Curar Essa Dor, for Takai's fourth studio album, Na Medida do Impossível, released in 2014.

Charts[edit]

Chart (1991) Peak
position
Dutch Singles Chart[1] 16
Irish Singles Chart[2] 16
UK Singles Chart[3] 31

2006 version[edit]

"Heal the Pain"
Single by George Michael and Paul McCartney
from the album Twenty Five (US release)
Released
  • 2006 (UK release of Twenty Five)
  • 2008 (US release, also as single)
Format Digital download
Recorded week of 28 November 2005
Genre Pop
Length 4:46
Label Epic
Songwriter(s) George Michael
Producer(s) George Michael
George Michael singles chronology
"This Is Not Real Love"
(2006)
"Heal the Pain"
(2006)
"December Song"
(2008)
"This Is Not Real Love"
(2006)
"Heal the Pain"
(2008)
"December Song"
(2008)
Paul McCartney singles chronology
"Ever Present Past"
(2007) Ever Present Past2007
"Heal the Pain"
(2008) Heal the Pain2008
"Sing the Changes"
(The Fireman)
(2008) Sing the Changes2008

In 2005, it was announced that Michael would be recording a version of the track with Paul McCartney, in whose style the song was written. Michael appeared on the Chris Evans show on BBC Radio 2 on 5 December 2005, and announced that he had recorded the song with McCartney "last week" but did not know what he was going to do with it yet. The track was later added to the greatest hits collection Twenty Five.

In 2008, it was released as a single from the US release of George Michael's greatest hits album Twenty Five.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nederlandse Top 40. Retrieved 22 May 2011.
  2. ^ The Irish Charts. Retrieved 22 May 2011.
  3. ^ Top 75 Releases. Retrieved 22 May 2011.

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