(I Just) Died in Your Arms

Album: Broadcast (1986)
Charted: 4 1
  • This was written by Cutting Crew lead singer Nick Van Eede, who told Songfacts it was inspired by a real relationship. Says Nick: "Yes, I cannot tell a lie. It's a song written about my girlfriend (who is actually the mother of my daughter). We got back together for one night after a year apart and I guess there were some fireworks but all the time tinged with a feeling of 'should I really be doing this?' Hence the lyric, 'I should have walked away.'

    I know it sounds corny but I awoke that morning and wrote the basic lyrics within an hour and wrote and recorded the demo completely within three days."
  • Richard Branson started Virgin Records in England in 1972, but it wasn't until 1987 and the release of Cutting Crew's Broadcast album that Virgin broke through in America. Nick Van Eede told us about his experience with the record company: "We were signed to Siren records which was part of Virgin so we were always a little bit on the outside but it was the '80s and they certainly put their money where their mouth was. We were flown to New York for the initial recordings of the album and this is where we got a great recording of 'I've Been In Love Before.' Then we were flown to Australia to shoot videos... all a bit crazy really. We gave them their first US #1 with '(I Just) Died In Your Arms' but the company soon outgrew us as music stars were changing in the early '90s. We wrote one slightly veiled song having a pop at US A&R antics in our 'Between A Rock And A Hard Place' from The Scattering (1989) album. I sang, 'I got a brick but I can't find a window,' as they continually blocked our album's release for months making us lose so much momentum."
  • Mika used a great deal of this song on his 2007 track "Relax (Take It Easy)." Says Nick: "I know as well as any other song writer that these things can happen and its just the way of the composing world. I am completely confident Mika stumbled in to it accidentally and I am proud to be given the co write... Kerching!!!"
  • This song has been sampled or interpolated by a number of rap and R&B artists. Jay-Z did a remake of the song, and Amerie used it on her track "I Just Died."
  • This was used in the Stranger Things episode "Suzie, Do You Copy?" (2019) and the Cold Case episode "Lonely Hearts" (2006). It also appears in these movies:

    The Lego Batman Movie (2017)
    Hot Tub Time Machine (2010)
    Hot Rod (2007)
    Never Been Kissed (1999)
  • In a 2020 Planters commercial that aired during the Super Bowl in 2020, Matt Walsh and Wesley Snipes are riding the Peanutmobile, singing along as this song plays on the radio. Mr. Peanut is driving. When he swerves to avoid an armadillo, the vehicle goes off a cliff and the three are left hanging by a tree. To save the others, Mr. Peanut plunges to a fiery death. His elegy reads: "Mr. Peanut. 1916-2020."

Comments: 4

  • Sermonator from EarthWell, if you're going to have a one-night reunion and regret it afterward, what better way to get over it than to write a #1 song about it?
  • Loafy from NycI cant believe this all the song facts / comments on what could be the number 1, one hit wonder of the decade of one hit wonders. I know the problem. Weak video.
  • Seventhmist from 7th HeavenI always liked this song, which puts the guy in the position that songs more often reserve for the girl.
  • Thomas from TennesseeI swear to God it sounds like he is saying "I followed my hands to my head. I knew I was wrong. "
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