You Stole the Sun from My Heart

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"You Stole the Sun from My Heart"
You Stole The Sun From My Heart CD1.jpg
Single by Manic Street Preachers
from the album This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours
Released 8 March 1999
Format CD, cassette
Genre Alternative rock, Britpop
Length 4:20
Label Epic
Songwriter(s) James Dean Bradfield, Nicky Wire, Sean Moore
Manic Street Preachers singles chronology
"The Everlasting"
"You Stole the Sun from My Heart"
"The Everlasting"
"You Stole the Sun from My Heart"

"You Stole the Sun from My Heart" is a song by Manic Street Preachers, released as the third single from the album This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours. All three members of the band - James Dean Bradfield, Sean Moore and Nicky Wire - share the writing credits.[1]


Wire has described the music as a mix of New Order and Nirvana: "something you might be able to go along with if you really do the audio equivalent of squinting – and explained that the drum loop (yes, more drum machines) was sampled by Moore from the sound of a pinball machine, of all things".[2]

The lyric concerns Nicky Wire's dislike of touring. He has said that as much as he enjoys being on stage, he hates the routine of travelling, soundchecks, hotels and the homesickness it causes.[1]

The song title is namechecked in a much later Manic Street Preachers single, Your Love Alone Is Not Enough.[3]

The song is featured on the 2002 compilation Forever Delayed, it is track number 8 on the album.[3]


The single was released on 8 March 1999 in the UK, and reached #5 on the UK Singles Chart, spending 12 weeks in the top 100.[4] In Australia, "You Stole the Sun From My Heart" spent one week on the ARIA top 100 singles chart in April 1999, peaking at #97.[5] The single peaked at #94 in the Netherlands in June 1999, spending 3 weeks on the chart.[6]

CD one contains a live version of Train in Vain, with the B-side of the single being "Socialist Serenade".[7]

In the 2000 Brit Awards, "You Stole the Sun From My Heart" was nominated from "Best British Single", but failed to win the prize.[8]

Music Video[edit]

The video presents a dark/light contrast where the band plays in a room where the weather alternates between a storm and afternoon sunshine. Rabbits and animated birds also make an appearance.[2]

Track listing[edit]

All music written by James Dean Bradfield and Sean Moore; except where indicated. All lyrics written by Nick Jones; except where indicated.

CD one
  1. "You Stole the Sun from My Heart" – 4:20
  2. "Socialist Serenade" – 4:14
  3. "Train in Vain (Live)" (music and lyrics: Joe Strummer, Mick Jones) – 3:17 (recorded live at the Newcastle Arena on 14 December 1998)
CD two
  1. "You Stole the Sun from My Heart" - 4:20
  2. "You Stole the Sun from My Heart" (David Holmes' A Joyful Racket Remix) – 5:12
  3. "You Stole the Sun from My Heart" (Mogwai Remix) – 6:09
  1. "You Stole the Sun from My Heart" – 4:20
  2. "If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next (Live)" – 4:48 (recorded live at Cardiff International Arena on 21 December 1998)


Chart (1999) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[5] 97
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[6] 94
UK Singles Chart[4] 5

UK chart performance[edit]

UK Top 40
Week 01 02 03 04


  1. ^ a b "This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours". Select. IPC Media. January 1999. 
  2. ^ a b "You Stole the Sun From My Heart". 
  3. ^ a b Power, Martin (17 October 2010). Manic Street Preachers. Omnibus Press. 
  4. ^ a b "Manic Street Preachers - Official Single Charts". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 3 February 2016. 
  5. ^ a b "ariaNET The Chart! Top 100 Singles Week Commencing 19th April 1999". ARIA. Retrieved 3 February 2016. 
  6. ^ a b " > Manic Street Preachers - You Stole the Sun From My Heart". Hung Medien. Retrieved 3 February 2016. 
  7. ^ "Manic Street Preachers". 
  8. ^ "1999". Retrieved 30 December 2014.