Thief (Our Lady Peace song)

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Thief single.jpg
Single by Our Lady Peace
from the album
Happiness...Is Not a Fish That You Can Catch
ReleasedMarch 21, 2000
FormatPromo-only CD single
GenreAlternative rock, post-grunge
LabelColumbia(CDNK 1493)
Songwriter(s)Raine Maida and Jeremy Taggart,
Producer(s)Arnold Lanni
Our Lady Peace singles chronology
"Is Anybody Home?"
"In Repair"

"Thief" is a song by Canadian alternative rock group Our Lady Peace. It was released in March 2000 as the third and final single from their third album Happiness... Is Not a Fish That You Can Catch.


Vocalist Raine Maida has stated that the song was written about a young Kitchener girl that he knew named Mina Kim who had a cancerous tumor in her brain. The "thief" mentioned in the song refers to the tumor. The short clip at the end of the song consisting of a young girl singing a Sunday school song is a real audio clip of Mina Kim singing "Little By Little" with Maida's wife Chantal Kreviazuk and band member Jeremy Taggart.

Music video[edit]

Micha Dahan directed the music video. It was filmed on a rooftop in the St. James Town neighbourhood, downtown Toronto. It premiered on Muchmusic on May 23. It was shot entirely under a rainy setting on an otherwise sunny day, to impose the mood given by the song. Band members do not play instruments and are shown in slow motion film stock in the rain. The video starts off with the band name and song title and then a statement reading “Each year, terminal illness steals the lives of thousands of children. Mina Kim was one”.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2000) Peak
Canada Alternative Top 30 (RPM)[1] 5


  1. ^ "Top 30 Rock Report". RPM Weekly. Vol. 71 no. 18. September 4, 2000. Retrieved January 17, 2017.

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