Simple Song (The Shins song)
|Single by The Shins|
|from the album Port of Morrow|
|Released||January 10, 2012|
|Label||Aural Apothecary, Columbia|
|Producer(s)||Greg Kurstin, James Mercer|
|The Shins singles chronology|
"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.
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.
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.
- Dave Hernandez – lead electric guitar
- Greg Kurstin – acoustic guitar, electric guitar, synthesizers, Mellotron, piano
- Ron Lewis – bass guitar
- James Mercer – vocals, electric guitar
- Janet Weiss – drums, tambourine
|Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)||4|
|Canada Alternative Rock (America's Music Charts)||11|
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||192|
|Japan Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)||96|
|US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)||6|
|US Alternative Songs (Billboard)||10|
|US Rock Songs (Billboard)||19|
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- "The Shins Album & Song Chart History: Alternative Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved April 2, 2012.
- "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.