In a Lifetime

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"In a Lifetime"
Single by Clannad featuring Bono
from the album Macalla
Released13 January 1986
Recorded1985, Windmill Studios, Dublin, Ireland
GenrePop rock, New-age
LabelBMG and Island Records
Songwriter(s)Pól Brennan, Ciarán Brennan
Producer(s)Steve Nye
Clannad featuring Bono singles chronology
"Almost Seems (Too Late to Turn)"
"In a Lifetime"
"Robin of Sherwood EP"
Audio sample
For the Clannad album of the same name, go to The Best of Clannad: In a Lifetime.

"In a Lifetime" is a pop song performed by Irish artists Clannad and Bono. It was written by brothers Pól Brennan and Ciarán Brennan and produced by Steve Nye. The single was released in January 1986, and was the third single to be released from Clannad's eighth studio album Macalla (1985). It charted well in many countries including United States, Ireland, UK, Italy and Brazil. It is one of Clannad's most successful songs and it remains as Bono's most successful solo effort.[1]

The single was re-released in 1989 with a change of artwork on the cover and a different B Side ("Something To Believe In (edit)"). The song also appears on Moya Brennan's 2008 live album Heart Strings and on Triniti's début album.

Music video[edit]

The video was shot in Clannad's hometown of Gweedore, County Donegal, Ireland. It is set in 1930's Ireland and it is based on the lives of local folk around this time. It shows young children walking along a narrow road in the countryside, followed by a hearse. It also shows old men drinking in a pub. The video, which was directed by Meiert Avis, showed a haunting portrayal of the Irish countryside and old Irish traditions.

Track listing[edit]

7" vinyl (TS 025 / PB 40535)

  1. "In a Lifetime"
  2. "Indoor"

12" vinyl (PT 40536)

  1. "In a Lifetime"
  2. "Northern Skyline"
  3. "Indoor"
  4. "Newgrange"

Chart history[edit]

Chart (1986 / 1989) Peak
Dutch Top 40 14 9
Ireland 5 5
New Zealand Chart 32 6
UK Singles Chart 17 5

1989 Re-release[edit]

In 1989, to promote Clannad's 'best-of' compilation, "Pastpresent", "In A lifetime" was re-released. The song was the first single from the compilation. The single was released on four formats, which included a picture disc version of the 7" vinyl release.

Track listing[edit]

7" vinyl & cassette

  1. In a Lifetime
  2. Something to Believe In

12" vinyl

  1. In a Lifetime
  2. Something to Believe In
  3. Caisleán Óir
  4. The Wild Cry

5" compact disc

  1. In a Lifetime
  2. Something to Believe In
  3. Caisleán Óir
  4. The Wild Cry
  5. Atlantic Realm [edit]

1993 Jameson Whiskey re-release[edit]

In 1993, in connection with an advertising campaign for James Whiskey, both "Theme from Harry's Game" and "In A Lifetime" were re-released in The Netherlands.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "In A Lifetime"
  2. "There for You"


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