Over My Shoulder (Mike + The Mechanics song)

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"Over My Shoulder"
Over My Shoulder.jpeg
Single by Mike + The Mechanics
from the album Beggar on a Beach of Gold
B-side "Something to Believe in"
Released 13 February 1995
Format CD maxi
Recorded 1994
Genre Soft rock
Length 3:34
Label Virgin
Songwriter(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"
"Everybody Gets A Second Chance"
"Over My Shoulder"
"A Beggar on a Beach of Gold"

"Over My Shoulder" is a pop rock song by British supergroup Mike + The Mechanics. It was released on 13 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. Co-lead vocalist Paul Young played rhythm guitar on the track.[citation needed]


The music video was shot primarily on the village green at Chiddingfold on the Weald in Waverley, Surrey, England. The parish church of St Mary's with its distinctive tower, as well as the village pub The Crown, also appear. It features Nick Pickard (Tony Hutchinson from the Channel 4 soap opera Hollyoaks) as a love-struck teenage boarding school pupil and Tom Fletcher (from the pop-rock band McFly) as a little boy in a junior school classroom.[citation needed]

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)[2] 21
Canada Top Singles (RPM) 22
France (SNEP)[3] 9
Germany (Official German Charts)[4] 44
Ireland (IRMA)[5] 26
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[6] 30
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)[1] 12
Chart (2016) Peak
Poland (Polish Airplay Top 100)[7] 90
End of year chart (1995) Position
French Singles Chart[8] 44