It's Over (Electric Light Orchestra song)

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"It's Over"
It's Over.jpg
Single by Electric Light Orchestra
from the album Out of the Blue
B-side "The Whale"
Released 4 October 1978 (US)
Format 7" single
Recorded 1977 at Musicland Studios, Munich
Length 4:08 (Album version)
3:55 (US single edit)
3:34 (US promo single edit)
Label Jet
Songwriter(s) Jeff Lynne
Producer(s) Jeff Lynne
Electric Light Orchestra singles chronology
"Sweet Talkin' Woman"
"It's Over"
"'The ELO EP'"

"Sweet Talkin' Woman"
"It's Over"

"It's Over" is a song recorded by the Electric Light Orchestra (ELO).

The song is the second track from the LP Out of the Blue. It was the last single to be lifted from the album and was released in the United States only, becoming a minor hit. The orchestral beginning was actually the end of "Mr. Blue Sky" reversed.

In 2007, hip hop artist and producer sampled parts of the song, and it formed the backbone of his opening track "Over" from the album Songs About Girls.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1978) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100[1] 75

"The Whale"[edit]

"The Whale" is an instrumental by the Electric Light Orchestra.

The song is track 15 from their hugely successful 1977 double LP Out of the Blue. The song was the B-side of "It's Over" in 1978 and was remastered and reissued on their box set Flashback.

The song features the keyboard talents of Richard Tandy prominently, as well as the usual orchestration conducted by Louis Clark. Composer Jeff Lynne was moved to write the instrumental piece after watching a documentary on the killing of whales, similar to Jon Anderson (of Yes fame)'s penning of "Don't Kill the Whale" in 1978.

In the 1980s and early 1990s, a portion of the song was featured during the nightly sign-off on Toronto television station CFTO-TV.


  1. ^ "Electric Light Orchestra - Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 5 March 2013.