Trains to Brazil

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"Trains to Brazil"
Single by Guillemots
from the album Through the Windowpane
Released 5 December 2005
11 September 2006 (re-issue)
Format 10" single, CD single
Recorded 2005
Genre Indie rock
Length 15:46
Label Fantastic Plastic Records
Songwriter(s) Fyfe Dangerfield
Guillemots singles chronology
"'I Saw Such Things in My Sleep EP'"
"Trains to Brazil"
"String Module Error: Match not found"
I Saw Such Things in My Sleep EP
"Made Up Love Song #43"
"Trains to Brazil"
Of the Night (2006)
"Annie, Let's Not Wait"
Alternative cover
UK re-issue cover
UK re-issue cover
Through the Windowpane track listing
  1. "Little Bear"
  2. "Made-Up Lovesong #43"
  3. "Trains to Brazil"
  4. "Redwings"
  5. "Come Away with Me"
  6. "Through the Windowpane"
  7. "If the World Ends"
  8. "We're Here"
  9. "Blue Would Still Be Blue"
  10. "Annie, Let's Not Wait"
  11. "And If All..."
  12. "São Paulo"

"Trains to Brazil" is a song by Guillemots from their 2006 releases Through the Windowpane and From the Cliffs. It was also released as a single. The 2005 single contains three tracks and was released on CD and in limited vinyl 10" formats. It was later re-released chart eligibly on 11 September 2006, peaking at number 36.


In an interview for BBC Brazil, MC Lord Magrão, the band's guitar player, explained that the song title "Trains to Brazil" is a reference to the fatal incident involving the Brazilian Jean Charles de Menezes, who was shot by the police on the London Underground, and that the band's singer/keyboardist Fyfe Dangerfield composed the song in 2002 originally under the title "Life Song".

Fyfe describes the title track as follows:

It was weird, I wrote in 2002 and was sort of thinking about the whole Twin Towers thing, but then a couple of months before the London bombings we decided to drag this song out and do it as a single, and then all that stuff happened. On my birthday, as fate would have it - 7 July. Very odd. But yes, it's also just a song about appreciating life, I guess.

All of the tracks from this single appeared on the 2006 international release "From the Cliffs".

The B-side "Go Away" appeared on a compilation CD from British music magazine NME.

Track listings[edit]

Original release[edit]

  1. "Trains to Brazil" (Fyfe Dangerfield) - 4:01
  2. "Go Away" - 7:47
  3. "My Chosen One" - 3:14



  1. "Trains to Brazil"
  2. "White Rag" (Demo)
  3. "Blue Eyes"


  1. "Trains to Brazil"
  2. "Witch Doctor"


  1. "Trains to Brazil"
  2. "You Can Look (But You Can't Touch)" (featuring Freakshow)
  3. "All The People Say"

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