"Waterfront" as written by Derek Forbes, James Kerr, Michael Joseph Macneil, Charles Burchill and Mel Gaynor....
Get in, get out of the rain
I'm goin' to move on up to the Waterfront
Step in, step out of the rain
I'm goin' to walk on up to the Waterfront
Said, one million years from today
I'm goin' to step on up to the Waterfront

Get in, get out of the rain
Come in, come out of the rain
So far, so good, so close, yet still so far
So far, so good, so close, yet still so
So far, so far, so far
The rain, I'm going to move on up to the Waterfront
Step in, step out of the rain

I'm going to walk on up to the Waterfront
Said, one million years from today
Step on up to the Waterfront
Said, come in, come out of the rain
Said, come in, come out of the rain
Said, come in, come out of the rain

I'm goin' to move on up to the front
I'm goin' to walk on up to the front
I'm goin' to live on up by the front
I'm goin' to walk on up to the front
Come in, come out of the rain
Come in, come out of the rain
Said, come in, come out of the rain

Come in, come out of the rain
Move on up, to step on up
Walk on up, live on up
Far away, far away, far away
So, walk away, so far, I walk away
So, so, walk away, up to the Waterfront
Up to the Waterfront
So far, so far


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"Waterfront" as written by Derek Forbes Charles Burchill

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    General CommentAbout a walk Jim took down the River Clyde, through the old dis-used shipyards. Wallking through big empty storage units, the noise of his feet echoed which gave him the idea for the pulsing bassline. One million years from today means that although the work has gone the river will still continue to run through the city.
    Paul_Con April 10, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentExcellent song! I'm not sure what inspired the lyrics...the weather? Anyway it just sounds good. At about this time the UK press was comparing them to U2 which I always thought was ridiculous. Simple Minds ALWAYS had their own sound.
    MrLongroveon January 29, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIt's a really great song. I remember hearing it at the time it was released and thinking, an unusual choice for a single.
    The lyrics could have a Christian reference. Simple Minds have always been careful not to be stamped as a "believers' band", but their Roman catholic background crops up now and then. "Alive and Kicking" and "Sanctify Yourself" seem to grow from a Christian imagery, and so do a number of songs on "the "Good News" album - the title practically gives it away, as gospel (gr, evangelion)means "good news" and "Criminal World" does seem to be a prayer directed at Jesus. The cross on the sleeve of "New Gold Dream" seems telling too.

    "Waterfront" could carry an allusion to baptism - going up to the "front" of the water, and it seems to be about entering a new stage of your life, meeting new challenges. I'm not making this point trying to evangelize anybody, but 'cause it's a layer about their lyrics which is rather unknown.
    tinderboxon August 16, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI remember erading an interview with Jim Kerr around the "Once Upon A Time" album where he said "We're close enough friends with U2, I spent some time with Bono last Christmas. However, our music has a feminine streak which theirs does not have"

    To the point - this was at the time when U2 was at their most proclamatory and hard-lined. Five or six years later it wouldn't have been true, but there's always been a tension between the soft and vulnerable and the forceful in the Minds' music.
    tinderboxon August 22, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI've always assumed it was something like Paul C says; those heavy crashing beats seem reminiscent of the, now departed, heavy industry that the Clyde was associated with. There was a lot of anger around at the time with the decline of these industries and Jim Kerr was one of the more politically active musicians of the time. Not quite Red Wedge but certainly more active than the likes of Duran Duran! Is there a definitive source to your post Paul C?
    TrueFaithon October 08, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti'ts more like a trance then a song, the lyrics are about Glasgow and the harbourfront, the video says it all in fact, it must have had some kind of enlightment going there and made a song about it, it's the periode where their lyrics was not meant to mean anything
    Deodataon May 09, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationI agree to what most of you said. It is about Glasgow, the shipyard, the harbourfront, the waterfront. This song catches this rough, cold and dirty atmosphere perfectly. The crashing beat, the melodics seem to bring back this "forgotten" place to life. Really fantastic what good!! music is able to do. (compared to nowadays shit)
    Another great example for this kind of "effect" is "Steeltown" by Big Country.
    Highlander24on October 30, 2010   Link

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