We’re thrilled to be releasing on its 40th anniversary one of the most beautiful hit songs in decades in writer and singer James Warren’s stripped-back version of his song ‘Everybody’s Got To Learn Sometime’.
Out this month, James’ and collaborator Noah and the Whale’s Matt Owens’ take on this evergreen classic is true to the roots of its appeal.
For all the gorgeousness of its original arrangement, the song’s core values lay in its simplicity and directness.
Says James: “For me it was all about an individual changing and being a different sort of person – trying to find out the root of your inner confusion, dealing with it and becoming a better person. So it was literally a philosophical lyric.”
And that resonated for audiences the world over.
Released on 12th May 1980 and taken from his band The Korgis’ second album, ‘Dumb Waiters’, ‘Everybody’s Got To Learn Sometime’ stormed the charts in the UK and was number 1 in France, 18 on the USA’s Billboard and a top 20 hit in Belgium, Netherlands, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Australia and New Zealand.
It’s been covered countless times, most noticeably by Beck in 2004 for the movie ‘The Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind’.
Look and listen to the new song via this link