How Long Will I Love You?

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"How Long Will I Love You?"
The Waterboys - How Long Will I Love You.png
Single by The Waterboys
from the album Room to Roam
Released 1990 (1990)
Format
Recorded Spiddal House (Spiddal, Ireland)
Genre Folk rock
Length 2:48
Label Ensign
Songwriter(s) Mike Scott
Producer(s)
The Waterboys singles chronology
"World Party"
(1989)
"How Long Will I Love You?"
(1990)
"A Life of Sundays"
(1990)

"World Party"
(1989)
"How Long Will I Love You?"
(1990)
"A Life of Sundays"
(1990)

"How Long Will I Love You?" is a song by folk-rock band The Waterboys from their fifth studio album, Room to Roam (1990). Written by Mike Scott, it was released as the album's lead single. The song was subsequently covered by English singer Ellie Goulding and released as the second single from her album Halcyon Days (2013). Goulding's version is included on the soundtrack to the 2013 film About Time, which also features a different cover by Jon Boden, Sam Sweeney and Ben Coleman.[1]

Track listings[edit]

  • UK 12" single and German CD single
  1. "How Long Will I Love You?" – 2:49
  2. "When Will We Be Married?" – 2:57
    • Traditional. Arranged by Mike Scott and Steve Wickham. Produced by Mike Scott and John Dunford.
  3. "Come Live with Me" – 7:23
  • French and German 7" single
  1. "How Long Will I Love You?" – 2:49
  2. "Come Live with Me" – 7:23
    • Composed by Felice and Boudleaux Bryant. Produced by Mike Scott.

Charts[edit]

Chart (1990) Peak
position
Ireland (IRMA)[2] 28

Ellie Goulding version[edit]

"How Long Will I Love You"
Ellie Goulding - How Long Will I Love You.png
Single by Ellie Goulding
from the album Halcyon Days
Released 10 November 2013 (2013-11-10)
Format
Genre Pop
Length 2:34
Label Polydor
Songwriter(s) Mike Scott
Producer(s) John Fortis
Ellie Goulding singles chronology
"Burn"
(2013)
"How Long Will I Love You"
(2013)
"Goodness Gracious"
(2014)

"Burn"
(2013)
"How Long Will I Love You"
(2013)
"Goodness Gracious"
(2014)

"How Long Will I Love You" was covered by English singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding for Halcyon Days (2013), the reissue of her second studio album, Halcyon (2012). Released on 10 November 2013 as the second single from the reissue, it also served as the official song for the BBC's 2013 Children in Need appeal.[3][4] It is also on the soundtrack to the 2013 Richard Curtis film About Time, although her version is not featured in the film itself.[5] Goulding performed "How Long Will I Love You" live in the BBC Children in Need appeal show on BBC One on 15 November 2013.[3]

"She changed a couple of the lines", Mike Scott said of Goulding's version. "I'm not sure if she did it deliberately. I don't think they're as good as the original lines, but good for her. I do the same thing myself. I've changed Dylan's words, so I can't really complain if somebody changes mine."[6]

Commercial performance[edit]

"How Long Will I Love You" debuted at number 192 on the UK Singles Chart for the week ending 7 September 2013.[7] On the chart dated 23 November 2013, the song jumped from number 117 to its peak position of number three, selling 82,872 copies.[8]

Music videos[edit]

The music video for "How Long Will I Love You" was directed by Mike Sharpe and released on 9 September 2013.[5][9] The video shows Goulding walking along a beach,[10] intercut with footage from About Time.[9]

A second music video premiered on Goulding's official Vevo channel on 28 October 2013, and contains scenes from the short film Tom & Issy, directed by Roger Michell and starring Goulding and Dylan Edwards.[11][12] The video was shot entirely on a Nokia Lumia 1020.[12][13]

Track listing[edit]

  • UK CD single and digital download[14][15]
  1. "How Long Will I Love You" – 2:34

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Halcyon Days.[16]

  • Ellie Goulding – vocals
  • Nick Cornu – guitar
  • John Fortis – bass, keyboards, production
  • Richard Kayvan – engineering, mixing
  • Joe Kearns – engineering
  • Chris Ketley – piano
  • Ashley Krajewski – engineering, percussion
  • Rachael Lander – cello
  • Kirsty Mangan – viola, violin

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[35] Gold 35,000^
Belgium (BEA)[36] Gold 15,000*
New Zealand (RMNZ)[37] Gold 7,500*
United Kingdom (BPI)[38] Platinum 600,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label Ref.
United Kingdom 30 October 2013 Contemporary hit radio Polydor [39]
10 November 2013 Digital download [15]
11 November 2013 CD single [14]

References[edit]

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  10. ^ Copsey, Robert (9 September 2013). "Ellie Goulding unveils 'About Time' movie song video". Digital Spy. Retrieved 4 November 2013. 
  11. ^ "'How Long Will I Love You' Video". elliegoulding.com. 28 October 2013. Retrieved 6 December 2013. 
  12. ^ a b McGovern, Kyle (31 October 2013). "Ellie Goulding Shills for Nokia in Charity Single Video 'How Long Will I Love You'". Spin. Retrieved 6 December 2013. 
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  15. ^ a b "How Long Will I Love You (Official BBC Children In Need 2013) – Single by Ellie Goulding". iTunes Store (UK). Retrieved 4 November 2013. 
  16. ^ Halcyon Days (liner notes). Ellie Goulding. Polydor Records. 2013. 3750660. 
  17. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Ellie Goulding – How Long Will I Love You". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 4 November 2013.
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  25. ^ "Ellie Goulding Lebanese Chart Top 20 History". The Official Lebanese Top 20. 9 March 2014. Retrieved 2 June 2017. 
  26. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Ellie Goulding – How Long Will I Love You". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 20 December 2013.
  27. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 17 November 2013.
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  29. ^ "2014년 02주차 Digital Chart" (in Korean). Gaon Music Chart. Archived from the original on 11 September 2014. Retrieved 10 September 2014. 
  30. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Ellie Goulding – How Long Will I Love You". Singles Top 100. Retrieved 22 February 2014.
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  36. ^ "Ultratop − Goud en Platina – singles 2014". Ultratop. Hung Medien. 18 April 2014. Retrieved 10 September 2014. 
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