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"The Fallen" is a song by Scottish indie rock band Franz Ferdinand. It was released as the third single from their second studio album, You Could Have It So Much Better, on 3 April 2006. The song peaked at number 4 on the Scottish Singles Chart and number 14 on the UK Singles Chart.

"The Fallen"
Franz Ferdinand - The Fallen.jpg
Single by Franz Ferdinand
from the album You Could Have It So Much Better
B-side
  • "L. Wells"
  • "Jeremy Fraser"
  • "Brown Onions"
Released3 April 2006
Format
Recorded2005
Genre
Length
  • 3:42 (album version)
  • 2:49 (radio edit)
LabelDomino
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Rich Costey
Franz Ferdinand singles chronology
"Walk Away"
(2005)
"The Fallen"
(2006)
"Eleanor Put Your Boots On"
(2006)
Audio sample
"The Fallen"

Contents

CompositionEdit

The lyrics for "The Fallen" borrow heavily from New Testament miracles; with references to the feeding of the five-thousand, the Virgin Mary, Mary Magdalene and the turning of water into wine.[1] Biblical references can also be seen in the song "Auf Achse", from Franz Ferdinand's first album, which references crucifixion; this interest in the Bible and Christianity appear to stem from Kapranos' brief study of theology at the University of Aberdeen before he dropped out.

Track listingsEdit

All tracks written by Alex Kapranos and Nick McCarthy, except where noted.

  • 7" RUG219
  1. "The Fallen" (album version) – 3:42
  2. "L. Wells" (Alex Kapranos) – 3:31
  • 7" RUG219X
  1. "The Fallen" (Remixed by Justice) – 3:55
  2. "L. Wells" (Alex Kapranos) – 3:31
  3. "Brown Onions" (Franz Ferdinand) – 3:02
    • Instrumental
  • CD RUG219CD
  1. "The Fallen" (radio edit) – 2:49
  2. "The Fallen" (Remixed by Justice) – 3:55
  3. "L. Wells" (Alex Kapranos) – 3:31
  4. "Jeremy Fraser" (Nick McCarthy) – 3:57
    • Vocals performed by Nick McCarthy.
  5. "The Fallen" (video) – 2:49
  • 12" RUG219T2, (released 8 May 2006)
  1. "The Fallen" (Remixed by Justice) – 3:55
  2. "The Fallen" (album version) – 3:42
  3. "Do You Want To" (Max Tundra remix) – 4:35
  4. "Do You Want To" (Max Tundra remix – instrumental) – 4:22
  1. "The Fallen" (album version) – 3:42
  2. "Sexy Boy" (Jean-Benoît Dunckel, Nicolas Godin) – 3:40
  3. "The Fallen" (acoustic version) – 2:44
  4. "Do You Want To" (Erol Alkan remix) – 7:41
    • Errors in the liner notes stating that all tracks were written by Franz Ferdinand and omitting that track number three is an acoustic version.

ChartsEdit

Chart (2006) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[2] 51
Ireland (IRMA)[3] 41
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[4] 91
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[5] 4
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[6] 14
UK Indie (Official Charts Company)[7] 1
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[8] 39

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Franz Ferdinand – The Fallen Lyrics". Metrolyrics. Retrieved 11 September 2016.
  2. ^ "The ARIA Report: Issue 834 (Week Commencing 27 February 2006)" (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association. p. 3. Retrieved 8 May 2012.
  3. ^ "Chart Track: Week 15, 2006". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  4. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Franz Ferdinand – The Fallen" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  5. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  6. ^ "Franz Ferdinand: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  7. ^ "Official Independent Singles Chart Top 50". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  8. ^ "Franz Ferdinand Chart History (Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 6 September 2016.

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