Out In The Fields

Album: Run For Cover (1985)
Charted: 5
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  • This uptempo commercial rock track is one of the finest collaborations of two of the greatest musical talents ever to come out of Ireland.

    Although he was born in England and was half-black, Phil Lynott was Dublin to the core, while Gary Moore was born in Belfast. The significance of this combination will not be lost on students of Irish history, and at the time they recorded this anti-war song, "The Troubles" were far from history. Lynott died in January 1986; the month following his death twenty-five years later, in a tribute programme screened by BBC Northern Ireland, Moore said in an archived interview that in spite of the accompanying video, "Out In The Fields" was not written specifically about Northern Ireland, but was "a general anti-war song".
  • On most if not all of his recordings, Lynott was lead vocalist, but the two men shared the vocals on this track, the end of which includes a few bars of "When Johnny Comes Marching Home" or perhaps its Irish "precursor Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye", which has the same melody.
  • Running to around 4 minutes 17 seconds, the A Side was written by Moore; the B Side, "Military Man", by Lynott. The record reached number 5 in the UK, number 3 in Ireland, and also did well in Europe. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England, for above 3

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  • Stephen Foster from Margate South Africa At the end of the song what is the percussion instrument that plays? It is a great song by the way.
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