The Fallen (song)

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"The Fallen"
Franz Ferdinand - The Fallen.jpg
Single by Franz Ferdinand
from the album You Could Have It So Much Better
B-side
  • "L. Wells"
  • "Jeremy Fraser"
  • "Brown Onions"
Released 3 April 2006
Format
Recorded 2005
Genre
Length
  • 3:42 (album version)
  • 2:49 (radio edit)
Label Domino
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) Rich Costey
Franz Ferdinand singles chronology
"Walk Away"
(2005)
"The Fallen"
(2006)
"Eleanor Put Your Boots On"
(2006)
"Walk Away"
(2005)
"The Fallen"
(2006)
"Eleanor Put Your Boots On"
(2006)
Audio sample

"The Fallen" is a song by Scottish indie rock band Franz Ferdinand. It was released as the third single from their second studio album, You Could Have It So Much Better, on 3 April 2006. The song peaked at number 4 on the Scottish Singles Chart and number 14 on the UK Singles Chart.

Composition[edit]

The lyrics for "The Fallen" borrow heavily from New Testament miracles; with references to the feeding of the five-thousand, the Virgin Mary, Mary Magdalene and the turning of water into wine.[1] Biblical references can also be seen in the song "Auf Achse", from Franz Ferdinand's first album, which references crucifixion; this interest in the Bible and Christianity appear to stem from Kapranos' brief study of theology at the University of Aberdeen before he dropped out.

Music video[edit]

The video for "The Fallen" has been criticized by some fans[who?] for being too simple and not as entertaining as some of the band's previous videos. However others[who?] have praised the effects used in the video, such as the lyrics appearing as they are sung (this effect was also used in Franz Ferdinand's videos, "Take Me Out" and "This Fire").

Track listings[edit]

All tracks written by Alex Kapranos and Nick McCarthy, except where noted.

  • 7" RUG219
  1. "The Fallen" (album version) – 3:42
  2. "L. Wells" (Alex Kapranos) – 3:31
  • 7" RUG219X
  1. "The Fallen" (Remixed by Justice) – 3:55
  2. "L. Wells" (Alex Kapranos) – 3:31
  3. "Brown Onions" (Franz Ferdinand) – 3:02
    • Instrumental
  • CD RUG219CD
  1. "The Fallen" (radio edit) – 2:49
  2. "The Fallen" (Remixed by Justice) – 3:55
  3. "L. Wells" (Alex Kapranos) – 3:31
  4. "Jeremy Fraser" (Nick McCarthy) – 3:57
    • Vocals performed by Nick McCarthy.
  5. "The Fallen" (video) – 2:49
  • 12" RUG219T2, (released 8 May 2006)
  1. "The Fallen" (Remixed by Justice) – 3:55
  2. "The Fallen" (album version) – 3:42
  3. "Do You Want To" (Max Tundra remix) – 4:35
  4. "Do You Want To" (Max Tundra remix – instrumental) – 4:22
  1. "The Fallen" (album version) – 3:42
  2. "Sexy Boy" (Jean-Benoît Dunckel, Nicolas Godin) – 3:40
  3. "The Fallen" (acoustic version) – 2:44
  4. "Do You Want To" (Erol Alkan remix) – 7:41
    • Errors in the liner notes stating that all tracks were written by Franz Ferdinand and omitting that track number three is an acoustic version.

Charts[edit]

Chart (2006) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[2] 51
Ireland (IRMA)[3] 41
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[4] 91
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[5] 4
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[6] 14
UK Indie (Official Charts Company)[7] 1
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[8] 39

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Franz Ferdinand – The Fallen Lyrics". Metrolyrics. Retrieved 11 September 2016. 
  2. ^ "The ARIA Report: Issue 834 (Week Commencing 27 February 2006)" (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association. p. 3. Retrieved 8 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "Chart Track: Week 15, 2006". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  4. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Franz Ferdinand – The Fallen" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  5. ^ "Archive Chart: 2006-04-09". Scottish Singles Top 40. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  6. ^ "Franz Ferdinand: Artist Chart History" Official Charts Company. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  7. ^ "Archive Chart: 2006-04-09" UK Indie Chart. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  8. ^ "Franz Ferdinand – Chart history" Billboard Alternative Songs for Franz Ferdinand. Retrieved 6 September 2016.

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