The Beautiful Occupation

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"The Beautiful Occupation"
Travis The Beautiful Occupation single cover.jpeg
Single by Travis
from the album 12 Memories
B-side "The Score",
"I Don't Mean To Get High",
"Back in the Day"
Released 15 December 2003 (2003-12-15)
Format CD single, 7" vinyl
Recorded Late 2001
Genre Rock
Length 3:47
Label Independiente
Writer(s) Fran Healy
Producer(s) Steve Orchard, Travis, Tchad Blake
Travis singles chronology
"The Beautiful Occupation"
"Love Will Come Through"

"The Beautiful Occupation" is the second single from Scottish indie rock band Travis' fourth studio album, 12 Memories. The single peaked at #48 on the UK Singles Chart, becoming their worst performing single to date. The song was written by frontman Fran Healy and is a reflection of the anti-war sentiments of the War on Iraq,[1] also carrying serious criticism to the invasion itself.[2]

"The Beautiful Occupation" is available free at the Peace Not War site.[3]

Track listing[edit]

  • UK CD1
  1. "The Beautiful Occupation" - 3:47
  2. "The Score" - 4:19
  3. "I Don't Mean To Get High" - 2:58
  • UK CD2
  1. "The Beautiful Occupation" - 3:47
  2. "Distraction" - 4:11
  3. "Back In The Day" - 3:23
  • 7" Vinyl
  1. "The Beautiful Occupation" - 3:47
  2. "I Don't Mean To Get High" - 2:58
  • Minidisc
  1. "The Beautiful Occupation" - 3:47
  2. "Enemy" - 3:22


Chart (2003–04) Peak
Germany (Official German Charts)[4] 97
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[5] 48