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Simple Minds — Sanctify Yourself
Album: Once Upon A time
Avg rating:
7

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Total ratings: 611









Released: 1985
Length: 4:48
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Is this the age of the thunder and rage
Can you feel the ground move 'round your feet
If you take one step closer, it'll lead to another
The crossroad above is where we meet
I shout out for shelter, I need you for something
The whole world is out, they're all on the street
Control yourself, love is all you need
Control yourself, in your eyes
Sanctify yourself, sanctify
Be apart of me, sanctify
Sanctify yourself, sanctify
Sanctify yourself, set yourself free
In pictures of living, in bloodshot a vision
Sweet miracles and strange circumstances
I see the sun up, the showdown, the cool winds that blow down
On the big beat that life-long romance is
You've got a gun in your hand, you're making self plans
Stay with me all through the night
Control yourself, love is all you need
Control yourself, open up your heart
Sanctify yourself, sanctify
Be apart of me, sanctify
Sanctify yourself, sanctify
Sanctify yourself, set yourself free

You can't stop the world for a boy or a girl
Sweet victims of poor circumstances
But you can pour back the love, sweeping down from above
Giving hope and making more chances
Well, I hope and I pray that maybe someday
You'll come back down here and show me the way
Control yourself, love is all you need
Control yourself, open up your heart
Open up your heart
Sanctify yourself, sanctify
Sanctify yourself, sanctify
Sanctify yourself, set yourself free
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 dandueck07 wrote:


It"s based on a mathematical equation where an average is calculated by finding the sum of the inputs and is then divided by that same input.

Or were you just wondering why more listeners don't have the same music tastes as yourself?  I'll leave you to ponder that one for yourself. 

As for myself, I'm happy that everyone on the planet doesn't think like me . . . or else my main form of communication with others would be to simply nod and smile.  Vive le difference!

Unfortunately, for this tune, and many others by Simple Minds, I fall in line with the "average" listener and rate it as "7".  I like it, but I doubt I would pay big money to hear it played live.



Pompous reply of the year here
 Pioneer_Sing wrote:

A great song. Even better live on the “Live in the City of Lights “ album. Brings me back to my teenage years.


Same here. City of Lights is amazing, especially “Book of brilliant things”. 
1985 - I was a socially anxious sophomore at a big university. I preferred sitting in my room listening to music over frat parties. This cassette got played from beginning to end many times. 
 hellsgardener wrote:

I took my 'little' sister to see Simple Minds in the early 90's at the iconic old Wembley Stadium in London before they tore it down. She didn't really enjoy it - Simple Minds wasn't her thing. Not mine either really but I was given the tickets :-). It's a precious memory though as it was the last thing we did together before she was killed the following year


Sorry to hear that.  Hope you're healing; I know it takes years and years.
 DaidyBoy wrote:

This was a great album, to my ears.  I don't understand the paltry rating...


It's a drop-off from the two prior albums. In between those 2 and this one, they had the massive hit "Don't You Forget About Me" (which they didn't write). They hoped to build off that hit and fell short. Still a fine record though.
I took my 'little' sister to see Simple Minds in the early 90's at the iconic old Wembley Stadium in London before they tore it down. She didn't really enjoy it - Simple Minds wasn't her thing. Not mine either really but I was given the tickets :-). It's a precious memory though as it was the last thing we did together before she was killed the following year

Just a well constructed, catchy pop song; everything is in it's right place. I just love the arrangements. 
 DaidyBoy wrote:

This was a great album, to my ears.  I don't understand the paltry rating...



It"s based on a mathematical equation where an average is calculated by finding the sum of the inputs and is then divided by that same input.

Or were you just wondering why more listeners don't have the same music tastes as yourself?  I'll leave you to ponder that one for yourself. 

As for myself, I'm happy that everyone on the planet doesn't think like me . . . or else my main form of communication with others would be to simply nod and smile.  Vive le difference!

Unfortunately, for this tune, and many others by Simple Minds, I fall in line with the "average" listener and rate it as "7".  I like it, but I doubt I would pay big money to hear it played live.
what a classic album, I used to walk around with this on loop in the walkman! wore the tape out
 expatlar wrote:

Mid-eighties in San Diego. 91x 'The Cutting Edge of Rock n' Roll". Had a motorcycle and a new live-in girlfriend. Life was good. It never rained and we were having the time of our lives. Thirty-five years later we're still together in the mountains of Michoacan, where it also doesn't rain much and a motorbike ride in to the hills is still a fun day. :-)



lucky you
 expatlar wrote:
Mid-eighties in San Diego. 91x 'The Cutting Edge of Rock n' Roll". Had a motorcycle and a new live-in girlfriend. Life was good. It never rained and we were having the time of our lives. Thirty-five years later we're still together in the mountains of Michoacan, where it also doesn't rain much and a motorbike ride in to the hills is still a fun day. :-)
 

Mid-eighties in San Diego. 91x 'The Cutting Edge of Rock n' Roll". Had a motorcycle and a new live-in girlfriend. Life was good. It never rained and we were having the time of our lives. Thirty-five years later we're still together in the mountains of Michoacan, where it also doesn't rain much and a motorbike ride in to the hills is still a fun day. :-)
The beginning of the end of SM.
A great song. Even better live on the “Live in the City of Lights “ album. Brings me back to my teenage years.
This was a great album, to my ears.  I don't understand the paltry rating...
Gawd - I *so* disagree.  Only my opinion (and also my wife's), but it would be OK if we never heard this one again.  80s synths were OK at the time, but there's SO much good contemporary music out there to listen to...
 rdo wrote:
Love it
 
ditto...I'm actually at work where I can read and have RP vibe softly in the background, so the identifiable sounds of Simple Minds made me drop my book (ipad, Chabon's "Telegraph Ave"!) and raise the volume.   sheesch, mtv days
Love it

Rebecca and Bill should actually consider taking this song back to the active playlist catalogue again


New Gold Dream is a classic album, and has much better songs than this one.
this may not be a classic but i love this album, came during my prime college years, so has sentimental value to me.
Thanks for playing it. Nice to hear from lesser known SM. 9.
It is overproduced, and Sparkle in the Rain and others may be better albums, but this is still enjoyable and energetic.
This could have stayed on the shelf . I agree, it is not a classic.
Not everything old is a classic. This could not sound any more dated.
I'm not a huge Simple Minds fan, but I certainly prefer this to the syrupy Breakfast Club ditty.