The Blood That Moves the Body

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"The Blood That Moves the Body"
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Single by A-ha
from the album Stay on These Roads
B-side "There's Never a Forever Thing"
Released 6 June 1988
Format
Recorded 1987
Genre
Length
  • 4:06 (Album Version)
  • 5:25 (Extended Version)
Label Warner Bros.
Songwriter(s) Pål Waaktaar
Producer(s) Alan Tarney
A-ha singles chronology
"Stay on These Roads"
(1988)
"The Blood That Moves the Body"
(1988)
"Touchy!"
(1988)
"Stay on These Roads"
(1988)
"The Blood That Moves the Body"
(1988)
"Touchy!"
(1988)
1992 reissue
CD Single
CD Single

"The Blood That Moves the Body" is a song by the Norwegian band A-ha, and was originally released in 1988 as the second single from the band's third album Stay on These Roads.

This song was re-released on March 30, 1992 (1992-03-30) with the remixes by Alan Tarney. The video remained unchanged.

The dark, enigmatic lyrics of this song have been attributed to many things, including teen suicides in Japan and literary references to Eyes of a Blue Dog.

The "Two-Time Gun Remix" was later included on A-ha's 2010 compilation album, 25.

Formats and track listing[edit]

7": Warner Bros. / W 7840 United Kingdom (1988)[edit]

  1. "The Blood That Moves the Body" (Album Version) - 4:06
  2. "There's Never a Forever Thing" - 2:50

12": Warner Bros. / W 7840 TW United Kingdom (1988)[edit]

  1. "The Blood That Moves the Body" (Extended Version) – 5:25
  2. "The Blood That Moves the Body" (Album Version) – 4:06
  3. "There's Never a Forever Thing" – 2:49
  • Track 1 is also known as "Extended Remix" or "Extended Mix".
  • Also released as a 12" picture disc (W 7840 TP)

CD: Warner Bros. / W 7840CD United Kingdom (1988)[edit]

  1. "The Blood That Moves the Body" – 4:07
  2. "There's Never a Forever Thing" – 2:51
  3. "The Blood That Moves the Body" (Extended Version) – 5:25
  4. "The Living Daylights" (James Bond Version) – 4:11

7": Warner Bros. / W 0089 United Kingdom (1992)[edit]

  1. "The Blood That Moves the Body" (The Gun Mix)" – 4:15
  2. "The Blood That Moves the Body"n (Two-Time Gun Mix) – 4:17

12": Warner Bros. / W 0089T United Kingdom (1992)[edit]

  1. "The Blood That Moves the Body" (The Gun Mix)" – 4:15
  2. "The Blood That Moves the Body" (Two-Time Gun Mix) – 4:17
  3. "The Blood That Moves The Body" (The Second Gun Around Mix) - 5:56

CD: Warner Bros. / W 0089CD United Kingdom (1992)[edit]

  1. "The Blood That Moves the Body" (The Gun Mix)" – 4:15
  2. "The Blood That Moves the Body" (Two-Time Gun Mix) – 4:17
  3. "The Blood That Moves The Body" (The Second Gun Around Mix) - 5:56

Music video[edit]

The official music video was directed by Andy Morahan and was filmed in Paris, France.[1]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1988) Peak
position
Belgian Singles Chart 10
Dutch Top 40[2] 24
German Singles Chart[3] 23
Irish Singles Chart[4] 11
Italian Singles Chart 13
South African Singles Chart 11
Swiss Singles Chart[5] 29
UK Singles Chart[6] 25

References[edit]

  1. ^ Garcia, Alex S. "mvdbase.com - a-ha - "The blood that moves the body"". Music Video DataBase. Retrieved November 1, 2015. 
  2. ^ "De Nederlandse Top 40, week 26, 1988". Retrieved 2008-11-13. 
  3. ^ "German Singles Chart". Charts-Surfer. Archived from the original on October 29, 2007. Retrieved 2008-06-07. 
  4. ^ "Irish Singles Chart". The Irish Chart. Retrieved 2008-03-07. 
  5. ^ "Swiss Singles Chart". Schweizer Hitparade. Retrieved 2008-03-07. 
  6. ^ "UK Single Chart". UK Top 40. Retrieved 2008-03-07.