This was the second single released from the Living Years
album, following the mid-tempo "Nobody's Perfect," which stalled at #63 US in December 1988 despite a video directed by Jim Yukich, who helmed many popular Genesis videos and also the previous Mike + The Mechanics clips.
"The Living Years" runs 5:30, which in another era would be considered too long for radio play, but in 1989 listeners had a fair degree of patience: Madonna's "Like A Prayer
," Roxette's "Listen To Your Heart
" and Bon Jovi's "I'll Be There For You" were also US chart-toppers that exceeded five minutes in length.