Army Dreamers

b/w Delius + Passing Through Air

Army Dreamers (UK) front


Army Dreamers (UK) rear


Country: UK
Label/Number: EMI 5106
Release date: September 22, 1980
Chronology: Kate's 8th UK single; the 3rd (and final) from Never for Ever (with her 7th non-LP B-side).
Highest chart position: 16
Cover photo by John Carder Bush
Army Dreamers Lyrics
What it's about: A mother grieves for her young son, who was killed on military maneuvers. Saddened by his unnecessary death, she wrestles with her guilt over what she could have done to prevent it.
Running time: 3:05
Delius Lyrics
What it's about: Kate’s tribute to English composer Frederick Delius. The subtitle, Song Of Summer, comes from one of Delius’ works, and from a BBC documentary Kate saw about the composer’s life.
Running time: 2:50
Passing Through Air Lyrics
What it's about: A simple composition using weather phenomena as metaphors for love. This is one of Kate's earliest works -- originally recorded in 1973 at Dave Gilmour's a few weeks after her 15th birthday.
Running time: 2:05
Army Dreamers entered the UK chart in the second week of its release at #57.  It peaked at #16 four weeks later, on November 1, 1980.  It held that position for one week, and spent a total of nine weeks on the chart.
The A-side is a single edit of Army Dreamers.  The LP/CD version fades out at 2:55-2:59.  Kate sings "mammy's darling" at the end of this version and it ends on a single note with no fadeout at 3:05.
The first B-side track, Delius, is a single edit as well.  The Fairlight sequence at the beginning of the LP/CD version is missing, and it ends with a male voice saying "It's a take".  (Info courtesy of Blackbird Braille.)
Single File box set reissues use the standard LP mix on Side A (with the fadeout at the end), and the single edit of Deluis on the B-side (with no Fairlight at the beginning).
First pressings of sleeves are virtually indistinguishable from reissues. Originals have "Life is to love" etched into the A-side dead wax.

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