Tell Me It's Not Over

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
"Tell Me It's Not Over"
Single by Starsailor
from the album All the Plans
Released 2 March 2009 [1]
Format 12" vinyl
CD single
Digital download
Promo CDS
Recorded 2007 - March 2008
Genre Alternative rock
Length 3:25
Label Virgin Music, EMI
Writer(s) James Walsh, James Stelfox, Barry Westhead, Ben Byrne
Producer(s) Steve Osborne
Starsailor singles chronology
"Keep Us Together"
"Tell Me It's Not Over"
"All the Plans"
All the Plans track listing
"Tell Me It's Not Over"
"Boy In Waiting"
Music video
Tell Me It's Not Over on YouTube

"Tell Me It's Not Over" is the first single released from the 2009 album, All the Plans by the English alternative rock band, Starsailor. Its release date was announced on 18 October 2008 on their official website [2] and later via YouTube by the lead singer James Walsh and Ben Byrne in their official Channel.[3] It peaked # 73 in the UK Single Charts [4] and #5 in the Belgium Charts making Tell Me It's Not Over their most successful single in Belgium.

The art cover for "Tell Me It's Not Over" was released on Starsailor's official website on January 16, 2009. The single was re-scheduled the same day. Initially decided by the band to name their new single "Lights Out" or "Tell Me It's Not Over",[1] it was performed for the first time at the music in my head festival in Paard van Troje, Den Haag, Netherlands in June 2007 [5] and it was recorded between that year and March 2008.

Lyrically, "Tell Me It's Not Over" refers to a relationship near the end because of the adultery of his partner. The song almost makes reference to the possibility of forgiveness after an infidelity for the sake of the couple.

Critical reception[edit]

Prior to the release of All The Plans, "Tell Me It's Not Over" has been well received by music critics. Daily Music Guide describes the song as "one departure from the old favourites, the superb 'Tell Me It's Not Over', a forthcoming release from the eagerly anticipated new album" [6] and praised that "despite not breaking any new ground for the band, will no doubt appease their stock of devoted fans eagerly awaiting the albums release".[7] Monique Oliver from Absolute Radio stated that 'Tell Me It's Not Over' "goes down well".[8] Rich McLaughlin from The Alternate Side compares Starsailor's single with Joseph Arthur's "In the Sun".[9] Nadia Mendoza from The Sun praised that: "Tell Me It's Not Over is a much-needed tune for Britpoppers sick of hearing Womanizer on the radio". She else added that "The vocals of frontman James Walsh are instantly recognisable as he belts out his tender tones".[10]

On February 23, 2009 Limelife named "Tell Me It's Not Over" as the song of the day. Liz from Limelife wrote that: "the sadness, melancholy and mope are on full display here - and Starsailor works them to maximum indie rock effect". She else added that: "the much-repeated refrain, "tell me it's not over," may stir up memories of crying on the bathroom floor, but isn't that what all good emo rock is supposed to do?".[11]

Music video[edit]

James' partner in the Tell Me It's Not Over Music Video.

On December 18, 2008, it was published on Starsailor's Myspace a video from behind the scenes when the band were making the video directed by Dan Sully who has previously worked with Elbow.[12] It was else announce that date that, "there will be an exclusive previewing of the video in its finished state shortly".[13] The video was shot in North London.

On January 9, 2009, it was premiered in The Sun the full video.

The music video for "Tell Me It's Not Over" starts with James Walsh and his partner in a parking where she left him. Both of them (the girl presumably in the couple's home) look in a thoughtful way and seems to be doubting about the decision they have taken. Scenes of the band playing the song and the lights in different buildings being switched off and on harmonically with the song (which could be related to the first lines of the single chorus "now the lights out i discover...") are interpolated in the video. At the end of the video Walsh finally decided to enter to the car.

The video features a White Mercedes-Benz W123 Estate.

On January 19, 2009, it was posted on MTV's official Myspace, and premiered in Myspace Chart on MTV Two, UK. It debuted on MTV chart one week later at number five on January 26 making the best debut of that week on the channel. ".[14]

Cover versions[edit]

On January 19, 2009 when lead singer James Walsh was interviewed by Geoff Lloyd, he admitted that he had recorded a version of the lead single, "Tell Me It's Not Over" featuring Brandon Flowers from The Killers. The song was remixed by Flowers and Stuart Price and has since been leaked onto the internet.[15]

According to the site administrator of the Starsailor Official Message Board, Boo, Brandon Flowers did in fact record, informally with James, vocals on a version of the song. This was actually meant to be a special secret surprise they had hoped to bring the fans at some time in the future. But at this stage, the recording was just a friendly collaboration between the two of them and does not yet have any official approval from Brandon or The Killers' management.

She also added that "James was put rather on the spot by Geoff Lloyd asking the question directly in that manner, as it was something we were hoping to keep under wraps for now - but James being a nice boy who was taught not to tell lies, then gave an honest answer".[1]

Nevertheless, the song featuring Brandon Flowers has been played by Swindon 105.5 fm by JEB and XFM Radio.

Format details[edit]


  1. "Tell Me It's Not Over"
  2. "In Their World"

Digital Download[edit]

  1. "Tell Me It's Not Over"
  2. "Tell Me It's Not Over" (Stuart Price Radio Mix)
  3. "Tell Me It's Not Over" (Thin White Duke Club Mix)

7" Coloured Vinyl[edit]

  1. "Tell Me It's Not Over"
  2. "All The Plans" (feat. Ronnie Wood)

Promo Single (CDS)[edit]

  1. "Tell Me It's Not Over"
  2. "Tell Me It's Not Over" (Instrumental)


Chart (2009) Peak
Belgian Singles Chart (Flanders) 5
UK Singles Chart[4] 73


  1. ^ a b c Bono called heads and it was! Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "Starsailor_Message_Board" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page). Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "Starsailor_Message_Board" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  2. ^ 4th album release details; All the Plans - March 2009, "Starsailor Message Board". Accessed December 17, 2008.
  3. ^ Walsh, James; Byrne Benjamin. Starsailor exclusive fan message "".
  4. ^ a b "The Official UK Top 75 Singles Week of Mon 09 Mar ". Chart Stats. Retrieved on 9 March 2009.
  5. ^ Starsailor - New song (live @ The music in my head Den Haag)
  6. ^ Starsailor - The Aftershow, Moho Live (26/09/2008), "Daily Music Guide Reviews". Accessed December 17, 2008.
  7. ^ Starsailor - Cargo, London (24/11/2008), "Daily Music Guide Reviews". Accessed December 17, 2008.
  8. ^ Absolute Radio Starsailor article
  9. ^ In-Studio with James Walsh (Starsailor), "The Alternate Side". Accessed December 17, 2008.
  10. ^ New video tell me it's not over from indie boys Starsailor
  11. ^ Tell Me It's Not Over- Song Of the Day
  12. ^ Starsailor's Myspace
  13. ^ New video- Behind the Scenes of Tell Me It's Not Over, "Starsailor Message Board". Accessed December 18, 2008.
  14. ^ [1], "MTV TWO". Accessed January 26, 2009.
  15. ^ [2] Brandon Flowers appears on new Starsailor single "". Accessed February 24, 2009.

External links[edit]