In the Crossfire

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"In the Crossfire"
In the Crossfire.jpg
Single by Starsailor
from the album On the Outside
Released October 3, 2005
Format Digital download, 12" vinyl, CD, DVD, 7"
Recorded 2005
Genre Rock
Length 3:09
Label EMI
Songwriter(s) James Walsh, James Stelfox, Ben Byrne, Barry Westhead
Producer(s) Rob Schnapf
Starsailor singles chronology
"Four to the Floor"
"In the Crossfire"
"This Time"
On the Outside track listing
In the Crossfire
"Counterfeit Life"
Music video
In The Crossfire on YouTube

"In the Crossfire" is a rock song written by britpop band Starsailor, which talks about the suffering of people who have lived the Iraq war. The song says "I hear them screaming on the radio, it's getting louder in the crossfire, trying to find some hope from the ashes of their broken homes".

This is the first political song of the band which denounced the alliance of Prime Minister Tony Blair with president George W. Bush (I don't see myself when I look at the flag) during the war on Iraq. It peaked at number 22 on the UK Singles Chart.

"In the Crossfire" shows a more mature and heavier-sounding Starsailor, unique from what they have done before. Noticeably, it shows a marked distance between the sound of other britpop groups like Coldplay.[1]


"In the Crossfire" was directed by Paul Gore and shows the band playing in a disused railway station in London creating a serious atmosphere with it.

They're locked in a greenhouse for almost all the video after they finally break it with the sound of the guitars. This is the darkest video of their career and it accentuates the heavier sound that they would present to the world with the release of their third album On the Outside.

Track listings[edit]

CD, 7"[edit]

  1. "In the Crossfire"
  2. "Always"


  1. "In the Crossfire" (video)
  2. "Four to the Floor" (live at Somerset House - video)
  3. "In the Crossfire" (audio)
  4. "Empty Streets" (audio)


Chart (2005) Peak
UK Singles Chart[2] 22


  1. ^ Starsailor proves success isn't easy
  2. ^ "In The Crossfire". Chart Stats. Retrieved on 22 January 2009.

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