Over My Shoulder (Mike + The Mechanics song)

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"Over My Shoulder"
Single by Mike + The Mechanics
from the album Beggar on a Beach of Gold
B-side "Something to Believe in"
Released February 1995
Format CD maxi
Recorded 1994
Genre Soft rock
Length 3:34
Label Virgin
Writer(s) Mike Rutherford, Paul Carrack
Producer(s) Mike Rutherford, Christopher Neil
Mike + The Mechanics singles chronology
"Everybody Gets A Second Chance"
"Over My Shoulder"
"A Beggar on a Beach of Gold"

"Over My Shoulder" is a pop rock song by English supergroup Mike + The Mechanics. It was released in February 1995 as the first single from their album Beggar on a Beach of Gold. Sung by Paul Carrack, it was the most successful single from that album, peaking at No.12 on UK Singles Chart.[1] Although it failed to crack the UK Top 10, the song became perhaps the band's biggest radio hit.[2] Co-lead vocalist Paul Young, who was foremost on the single's artwork, played rhythm guitar on the track.


The music video, which features Nick Pickard (of Hollyoaks), and Tom Fletcher from the British band McFly as a little boy in a classroom, was shot on the village green at Chiddingfold on The Weald in Waverley, Surrey, England.

Track listings[edit]

CD maxi
  1. "Over My Shoulder" – 3:34
  2. "Something to Believe in" – 4:19
  3. "Word of Mouth" – 3:55
  4. "Over My Shoulder" (live) – 5:25


Chart (1995) Peak
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[3] 21
Canada Top Singles (RPM) 22
France (SNEP)[4] 9
Germany (Official German Charts)[5] 44
Ireland (IRMA)[6] 26
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[7] 30
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)[1] 12
End of year chart (1995) Position
French Singles Chart[8] 44


  1. ^ a b UK Singles Chart (Link redirected to OCC website) (Retrieved 2 January 2009)
  2. ^ "Mike + The Mechanics: The Videos". Episode 1/1. 1998. 15 minutes in. Channel 4.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ "Ultratop.be – Mike & The Mechanics – Over My Shoulder" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  4. ^ "Lescharts.com – Mike & The Mechanics – Over My Shoulder" (in French). Les classement single.
  5. ^ "Musicline.de – Mike & The Mechanics Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  6. ^ Irish Single Chart Irishcharts.ie (Retrieved 2 January 2009)
  7. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Mike & The Mechanics – Over My Shoulder". Swiss Singles Chart.
  8. ^ 1995 French Singles Chart Disqueenfrance.com (Retrieved 30 January 2009)