Ten Storey Love Song



When your heart is black and broken
And you need a helping hand
When you're so much in love
You don't know just how much you can stand

When your questions go unanswered
And the silence is killing you
Take my hand
Baby, I'm your man
I've got loving enough for two

Ten storey love song
I built this thing for you, oooh
Who can take you higher
Than twin peak mountain blue
Oh well I built this thing for you
And I love you true

There's no sure-fire set solutions
No shortcut through the trees
No breach in the wall that they put there to keep you from me
As you're lying awake in this darkness
This everlasting night
Someday soon, don't know where or when
You're gonna wake up and see the light

Ten storey love song
I built this thing for you, oooh
Who can take you higher
Than twin peak mountain blue
Oh well I built this thing for you
And I love you true

Ten storey love song
I built this thing for you, oooh
Who can take you higher
Than twin peak mountain blue
Oh well I built this thing for you
And I love you true


Lyrics by:
Squire

Music by:
Squire

Written:
1992

Personnel:
John Squire (guitar)
Ian Brown (vocals)
Gary Mounfield (bass)
Alan Wren (drums, backing vocals, Moog synthesizer)

Producer:
Simon Dawson & Paul Schroeder. Partly recorded by John Leckie.

Engineer:

Format:
Released 1995:
Ten Storey Love Song (Geffen, PRO-CD-4731, US 1 track promo CD)
Ten Storey Love Song (Geffen, PRO-CD-4743, US 2 track promo CD)
Ten Storey Love Song / Moses / Ride On (Geffen, GED 21974, German CD)

Released February 1995:
Ten Storey Love Song (Geffen, Gold acetate CD)
Ten Storey Love Song / Moses / Ride On (Geffen, MVCG-13024, Japanese CD)

Released March 1995:
Ten Storey Love Song / Ride On (Geffen, GFS 87, 7" jukebox copy)
Ten Storey Love Song / Moses / Ride On (Geffen, GFSTD 87, CD)
Ten Storey Love Song / Ride On (Geffen, GFSC 87, cassette)
Ten Storey Love Song / Ride On (Geffen, GFS 87, 7")
Ten Storey Love Song / Moses / Ride On (Geffen, GFST 87, 12")

Released May 1995:
Ten Storey Love Song / Moses / Ride On (Geffen, GEFDM-21974, Australian CD)

UK chart details:
Ten Storey Love Song entered the charts on 11th March 1995, spending 3 weeks in the charts and reaching a highest position of 11.

Also available on:
Second Coming (4.29)
The Very Best Of The Stone Roses (4.25)

First live performance:
Oslo Rockefeller Music Hall (19th April 1995)

Artwork details:
The Ten Storey Love Song artwork is from 'David And His 34 Slightly Misshapen Brothers' (1993).

Details:
A heartbreak song buried in pain and fatigue, with a whimpered claim to some vestige of lasting liberty. A tower of love which somehow stands firm as all else crumbles to dust.

Leckie's Ten Storey Love Song (4.15) was recorded at Ewloe (2nd sessions). The basic track was usable, but needed more work to bring it up to scratch. The slave reel was made at Ewloe.

Track Sheet:

1. EBow Guitars
2. Guitar (1)
3. Guitar (2)
4. Guitar (3)
5. Bass
6. Drums
7. Drum Loop
8. Lead Guitar
9. Vocals
10. Vocals d/t

Strong traces of 'Your Time Is Gonna Come' (and the opening of Steve Hillage's 'Hurdy Gurdy Man') are evident on this song's splendorous intro, here discussed by Simon Dawson:

For extensive analysis of the Ten Storey Love Song video, click here.

 

Ten Storey Love Song front and back cover artwork. "Here we have 34 Michelangelo's Davids that I saw in an Oxfam shop in Stretford. I shot them up with an air pistol." (John Squire speaking to Select Magazine, November 1997).


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