You're Gone (Marillion song)
|Single by Marillion|
|from the album Marbles|
|Released||19 April 2004|
|Format||CD single, DVD single|
|Length||6:25 (album version)
4:05 (radio edit)
|Writer(s)||Steve Hogarth, Steve Rothery, Mark Kelly, Pete Trewavas, Ian Mosley|
|Marillion singles chronology|
You're Gone is the lead single from Marillion's 13th studio album Marbles, released in 2004. The song marked a comeback for the band, reaching number 7 on the UK Singles Chart and becoming their first top ten hit since 1987's "Incommunicado". It also made number 8 on the Dutch Top 40.
Background and release
In the studio, singer Steve Hogarth was inspired by a chord sequence generated on a computer by guitarist Steve Rothery, and was able to fit a pre-written lyric around it. Hogarth has said, "It's a simple song. It's about losing a great light in your life and living in the shadow of it, and yet rejoicing in the fact that it was ever there – and it still is there, somewhere." "You're Gone" has been characterised as an address of "romantic disappointment".
Although the band's mainstream popularity had dissipated in the late 1990s, they retained a strong cult following. Three separate versions of the single (two CD versions and a DVD version) were promoted to mailing list subscribers, and the song's commercially friendly sound – notably its current, U2-like feel – made it more accessible to mainstream audiences than previous Marillion singles. Despite "You're Gone" becoming the second-highest new entry of the week and generating renewed media interest in the band, they were denied an appearance on the BBC's flagship chart television show Top of the Pops, and were dismissed by then-BBC presenter Jonathan Ross as "a prog rock band that sing about goblins". Guitarist Steve Rothery criticised Ross' archaic perception of the band, saying: "We recorded Script for a Jester's Tear 22 years ago. I think that was when Ross had his own hair."
A basic music video was created for the single, directed by The Boom Boom Boys. It largely features Hogarth delivering the song, with occasional shots of the band and minimal effect overlay.
|UK Singles Chart||7|
|Dutch Top 40||8|
- Marbles: Allmusic review
- Steve Hogarth talks about 'You're Gone' on YouTube. marilliononline. YouTube. 20 August 2006. Retrieved 24 July 2012.
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