Would I Lie to You? (Eurythmics song)

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"Would I Lie to You?"
Eurythmics WILTY.jpg
Single by Eurythmics
from the album Be Yourself Tonight
Released April 1985
Format 7", 12"
Recorded 1985
Genre Dance-rock, funk rock, pop rock
Length 4:22
Label RCA Records
Writer(s) Annie Lennox and David A. Stewart
Producer(s) David A. Stewart
Eurythmics singles chronology
"Julia"
(1985)
"Would I Lie to You?"
(1985)
"There Must Be an Angel (Playing with My Heart)"
(1985)
Music video
"Would I Lie to You?" on YouTube

"Would I Lie to You?" is a 1985 song written and recorded by the British pop duo Eurythmics. Released as the lead single from the band's fourth studio album Be Yourself Tonight, the song was the first by the duo to feature their change in musical direction from a predominantly synthpop style to rock and rhythm and blues. The song, and its accompanying album, featured a full backing band and relied less on electronic programming.

Lyrically, the song features Lennox confronting a cheating lover as she leaves him for good. This was conveyed in the music video for the single, in which actor Steven Bauer played the part of the boyfriend. The video was directed by Mary Lambert and was shown heavily on MTV. The front and back cover photos, and the inner cover art of the Be Yourself Tonight album are screenshots from the music video.

"Would I Lie to You?" is one of Eurythmics' most recognised tunes and continued the band's run of hit singles. In the UK, the song peaked at number 17, while it went to number five on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, becoming their third Top 10 hit in the U.S. Furthermore, it is the duo's biggest ever hit in Australia, where it topped the singles chart for two weeks.

Personnel[edit]

  • Annie Lennox – vocals
  • David A. Stewart – guitars, sequencers
  • Olle Romo – drums
  • Nathan East – bass guitar
  • Benmont Tench – organ
  • Dave Plews – trumpet
  • Martin Dobson – saxophones

In other media[edit]

It was used in the trailer for the film Liar Liar. This song is featured in the 2009 film The Informant! starring Matt Damon, and as the theme song to the 2012 TV series Border Security: Canada's Front Line. It is also featured in the 1986 film One Crazy Summer with John Cusack.

Track listings[edit]

7"
  • A: "Would I Lie To You?" (7" Version) - 4:09
  • B: "Here Comes That Sinking Feeling" (LP Version)* - 5:40
12"
  • A: "Would I Lie To You?" (E.T. Mix) - 4:59
  • B1: "Would I Lie To You?" (Extended Version) - 4:52
  • B2: "Here Comes That Sinking Feeling" (LP Version)* - 5:40

* this version although labelled as "LP Version" is an alternate mix of the song released on the album Be Yourself Tonight

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1985) Peak
position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[1] 1
Belgian Singles Chart[citation needed] 10
Canadian Singles Chart[2] 2
Dutch Singles Chart[3] 24
French Singles Chart[4] 41
German Singles Chart[5] 34
Irish Singles Chart[6] 10
Italian Singles Chart[7] 24
New Zealand Singles Chart[8] 5
Polish Singles Chart[citation needed] 6
Swedish Singles Chart[9] 10
Swiss Singles Chart[10] 21
UK Singles Chart[11] 17
US Billboard Hot 100[12] 5
US Billboard Dance/Club Play Songs Chart[12] 5
US Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales Chart[13] 14
US Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks[13] 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives: Australian Chart Book. p. 105. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.  N.B. The Kent Report chart was licensed by ARIA between 1983 and 19 June 1988.
  2. ^ "Results - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2012-01-12. 
  3. ^ Steffen Hung. "Eurythmics - Would I Lie To You?". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 2012-01-12. 
  4. ^ Steffen Hung. "Eurythmics - Would I Lie To You?". lescharts.com. Retrieved 2012-01-12. 
  5. ^ "Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts, News, Neuerscheinungen, Tickets, Genres, Genresuche, Genrelexikon, Künstler-Suche, Musik-Suche, Track-Suche, Ticket-Suche". musicline.de. Retrieved 2012-01-12. 
  6. ^ Jaclyn Ward. "The Irish Charts - All there is to know". Irishcharts.ie. Retrieved 2012-01-12. 
  7. ^ "Hit Parade Italia - Indice per Interprete: E". Hitparadeitalia.it. Retrieved 2012-01-12. 
  8. ^ Steffen Hung. "Eurythmics - Would I Lie To You?". charts.org.nz. Retrieved 2012-01-12. 
  9. ^ Steffen Hung. "Eurythmics - Would I Lie To You?". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 2012-01-12. 
  10. ^ Steffen Hung. "Eurythmics - Would I Lie To You?". hitparade.ch. Retrieved 2012-01-12. 
  11. ^ "EURYTHMICS | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". officialcharts.com. Retrieved 2016-11-09. 
  12. ^ a b http://www.billboard.com/artist/301929/eurythmics/chart?f=359
  13. ^ a b "Eurythmics". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-01-12.