Night Of The Swallow

b/w Houdini

Night Of The Swallow (Ireland) front


Night Of The Swallow (Ireland) rear


Country: Ireland
Label/Number: EMI IEMI 9001
Release date: November 21, 1983
Chronology: The 5th (and final) single from The Dreaming; this one was released only in Ireland.
Cover photo and sepia toning by Kindlight. (Here is the original image, without the toning.)
Additional cover art (the swallow drawing) by Nick Price.
Night Of The Swallow Lyrics
What it's about: A smuggler plans his next clandestine journey while his lover begs him not to go.
Running time: 5:50
Houdini Lyrics
What it's about: The story of Bess Houdini, and her attempts to communicate with her deceased husband Harry (using a plan they developed while he was still alive).
Running time: 3:52
This is the only worldwide appearance of Night Of The Swallow and Houdini on a single.
The running time of Night Of The Swallow on The Dreaming is 5:35.  It's 5:50 on this single because the bouzouki/uileann pipe part fades in :15 earlier than where this track begins on the LP/CD.
In addition to the artwork on this sleeve, Nick Price also drew the cover of the Never for Ever LP/CD, the December Will Be Magic Again single, the swan on the rear of the Sat In Your Lap sleeve, and Kate's Tour Of Life program. (Here are a few examples.)
Multiple pressings of this single were distributed.  First pressing discs have matrix numbers ending in "-A".  Card stock, matte and glossy paper sleeves all (allegedly) exist.  I'm not certain which is the first pressing, but I believe it's the card stock sleeve (as shown above).

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