Simple Song (The Shins song)

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"Simple Song"
The Shins - Simple Song.jpg
Single by The Shins
from the album Port of Morrow
ReleasedJanuary 10, 2012 (2012-01-10)
FormatDigital download
Recorded2011
GenreIndie rock
Length4:15
LabelAural Apothecary, Columbia
Songwriter(s)James Mercer
Producer(s)Greg Kurstin, James Mercer
The Shins singles chronology
"Sea Legs"
(2007)
"Simple Song"
(2012)
"It's Only Life"
(2012)

"Simple Song" is a song by American indie rock band The Shins from their fourth studio album Port of Morrow. Written by the group's frontman James Mercer, the song was released as the first single from the album.

Background[edit]

In an interview with Q, the band's frontman, James Mercer, has stated that the song was "about my wife, our relationship and this whole new life we [had] ahead of us." Additionally, Mercer stated that the song was also, in part, about the departures of drummer Jesse Sandoval and keyboardist Martin Crandall from The Shins.[1]

Explaining the origins of the song, Mercer revealed that he wrote the song in the living room of his apartment, shortly following his marriage and in the period leading to the birth of his first daughter.[1]

Musicians[edit]

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2011) Peak
position
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[2] 4
Canada Alternative Rock (America's Music Charts)[3] 11
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[4] 192
Japan Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[5] 96
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[6] 6
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[7] 10
US Rock Songs (Billboard)[8] 19

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2012) Position
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[9] 38
US Hot Rock Songs (Billboard)[10] 61

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Simple Song by The Shins Songfacts". Songfacts. Retrieved April 3, 2012.
  2. ^ "Discografie The Shins". ultratop.be. Hung Medien. Retrieved April 3, 2012. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |work= (help)
  3. ^ "Canadian Active Rock & Alt Rock Chart Archive: Alternative Rock – April 3, 2012". America's Music Charts. April 3, 2012. Retrieved April 9, 2012. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  4. ^ Zywietz, Tobias. "CLUK Update (31.03.2012)". Zobbel.de. Tobias Zywietz. Retrieved April 2, 2012. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |work= (help)
  5. ^ "Japan Hot 100 Singles" (requires registration). Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved April 2, 2012. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |work= (help)
  6. ^ "Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles – Issue Date: 2012-04-07" (requires registration). Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved April 2, 2012. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |work= (help)
  7. ^ "The Shins Album & Song Chart History: Alternative Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved April 2, 2012.
  8. ^ "The Shins Album & Song Chart History: Alternative Songs" (To access peak, one must click the white area around the respective song). Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved April 2, 2012.
  9. ^ "Alternative Songs – Year-End 2012". Billboard. Retrieved September 6, 2018.
  10. ^ "Hot Rock Songs – Year-End 2012". Billboard. Retrieved September 6, 2018.