Affirmation (Savage Garden song)

"Affirmation" is a song by Savage Garden, released as the fourth single from their second studio album of the same name. It peaked at number 16 in Australia and number eight on the UK Singles Chart.

"Affirmation"
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Single by Savage Garden
from the album Affirmation
Released10 January 2000
Recorded1999
GenrePop rock
Length4:15
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Walter Afanasieff
  • Daniel Jones
  • Darren Hayes
Savage Garden singles chronology
"Crash and Burn"
(2000)
"Affirmation"
(2000)
"Chained to You"
(2000)
Music video
"Affirmation" on YouTube

BackgroundEdit

The lyrics are a series of statements each starting with "I believe", for instance: "I believe in Karma, what you give is what you get returned" and "I believe you can't appreciate real love until you've been burned". Darren Hayes has a teaching degree in early education and may have been[original research?] strongly influenced in structuring the song lyrics in such a manner by John Dewey's seminal text on education "My Pedagogic Creed" which also starts a new statement with "I believe" . The song was performed live at the Sydney Olympic Games Closing Ceremony in October 2000, with Darren wearing a T-shirt depicting the Aboriginal flag.

The European music video is a collection of clips from the group's tour of Brisbane, entitled Superstars and Cannonballs. The original Australian version of the music video comprises various pictures and footage from history throughout the 20th century. The single was most successful in the United Kingdom where it reached number eight, becoming the duo's fourth Top 10 hit. The song was performed by Joe McElderry on his Classic Tour.

Track listingsEdit

Live tracks were recorded at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre in May 2000.

Charts and certificationsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Affirmation (Australian CD single liner notes). Savage Garden. Roadshow Music, Warner Music Australia. 2000. 102467-2.CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  2. ^ Affirmation (UK CD1 liner notes). Savage Garden. Columbia Records. 2000. 669688 2.CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  3. ^ Affirmation (UK CD2 liner notes). Savage Garden. Columbia Records. 2000. 669688 5.CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  4. ^ Affirmation (UK cassette single sleeve). Savage Garden. Columbia Records. 2000. 669688 4.CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  5. ^ Affirmation (European CD single liner notes). Savage Garden. Columbia Records. 2000. COL 669321 1, 6693211000.CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  6. ^ Affirmation (European maxi-CD single liner notes). Savage Garden. Columbia Records. 2000. COL 669321 2, 6693212000.CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  7. ^ Affirmation (Japanese CD single liner notes). Savage Garden. SME Records. 2000. SRCS 2244.CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
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