In the Sun (Joseph Arthur song)

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"In the Sun"
Single by Joseph Arthur
from the album Come to Where I'm From
Released August 1, 2000 (US promo)
April 23, 2001 (Europe)
Format CD, 7" vinyl
Recorded Sound City, Sunset Sound, Los Angeles
Genre Alternative rock
Length 4:08 (radio edit)
5:36 (album version)
Label Real World Records
Virgin Records
Songwriter(s) Joseph Arthur Joseph Lyburn
Producer(s) Joseph Arthur, Tchad Blake
Joseph Arthur singles chronology
"In the Sun"
"All of Our Hands"

"In the Sun" is the second single from Joseph Arthur's second studio album Come to Where I'm From, though the song had been performed during Joseph's live shows as early as 1996.[1] The single was released in the UK and Europe on April 23, 2001 via Real World Records and Virgin Records. The original singles were very limited in production and are now out of print and hard to find. A music video was produced for the song, directed by Anton Corbijn. The video is featured on the Directors Label series DVD The Work of Director Anton Corbijn.

On February 14, 2008, Joseph Arthur and his band The Lonely Astronauts performed "In the Sun" live on the Late Show with David Letterman. (Video on YouTube)The song appears in the Scrubs episode My New God, Season 5 Episode 5.

Track listing[edit]


  1. "In the Sun" (Edit) – 4:08
  2. "The Other Side" – 3:15
  3. "Cocaine Blind" – 3:19

7" vinyl (US white label promo):

  1. "In the Sun" (Edit) – 4:08
  2. "Speed of Light" – 4:30

US promo CD:

  1. "In the Sun" (Edit) – 4:08
  2. "In the Sun" (Album Version) – 5:37
  3. "In the Sun" (Call-Out Hook #1) – 0:10
  4. "In the Sun" (Call-Out Hook #2) – 0:10
  • Tracks 5–23: Interview with Joseph Arthur, March 6, 2000 (interviewed by Bart Lipton in Los Angeles)

In films[edit]

The song is used in the alternate ending of the 2002 Bourne Identity film.

Michael Stipe's cover version[edit]

In the Sun
A white background with several orange and yellow circles and the words "IN / THE / SUN" written in black across the middle. The phrase "GULF COAST / RELIEF" is written in the top right in black script and the bottom of the cover reads "MICHAEL STIPE / FEATURING / CHRIS MARTIN" in black and red.
EP by Michael Stipe and Special Guests
Released February 6, 2006 (2006-02-06)
Recorded 2005, Stratosphere Sound Studio, New York City, New York, United States
Genre Alternative rock
Length 47:16
Language English
Label Warner Bros.
Producer James Iha, Michael Stipe

In 2005, Michael Stipe of R.E.M. recorded a cover of the song with producer James Iha for a Hurricane Katrina relief benefit EP released exclusively through the iTunes Store. Stipe recorded "In the Sun" with Chris Martin of Coldplay and Joseph Arthur himself. Additionally, a remix was provided by Justin Timberlake and

EP track listing[edit]

  1. "In the Sun" (with Chris Martin) – 4:56
  2. "In the Sun" (JAW Breakers Remix by Justin Timberlake and – 5:13
  3. "In the Sun" (with Joseph Arthur) – 4:58
  4. "In the Sun" – 4:55
  5. "In the Sun" (Live on Austin City Limits with Coldplay) – 3:40
  6. "In the Sun" (Live Acoustic Couch Rehearsal with Joseph Arthur) – 5:53

Other cover versions[edit]

  • Peter Gabriel, on the tribute album Diana, Princess of Wales: Tribute (1997). Since Joseph was on Peter Gabriel's Real World label at the time, Joseph allowed the song to be covered by Gabriel even though Joseph himself had yet to record the song for Come to Where I'm From.
  • Donna De Lory, on her album In the Glow, released by Secret Road Records.
  • Howie Day sang a cover, uncredited, over the ending credits of the film Saved!.
  • Aron Wright sang a cover which was featured in season 11 of Grey's Anatomy during the episode "She's Leaving Home". Michael Stipe's cover of the song was originally featured in the season 2 episode "It's the End of the World".


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