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"(I Just) Died In Your Arms"
Cutting Crew

Written by Nick Van Eede
Broadcast (1985)

Oh I, I just died in your arms tonight
It must have been something you said
I just died in your arms tonight

I keep looking for something I can't get
Broken hearts lie all around me
And I don't see an easy way to get out of this
Her diary it sits on the bedside table
The curtains are closed, the cats in the cradle
Who would've thought that a boy like me could come to this

Oh I, I just died in your arms tonight
It must've been something you said
I just died in your arms tonight
Oh I, I just died in your arms tonight
It must've been some kind of kiss
I should've walked away

Is there any just cause for feeling like this?
On the surface I'm a name on a list
I try to be discreet, but then blow it again
I've lost and found, it's my final mistake
She's loving by proxy, no give and all take
'cos I've been thrilled to fantasy one too many times

Oh I, I just died in your arms tonight
It must've been something you said
I just died in your arms tonight
Oh I, I just died in your arms tonight
It must've been some kind of kiss
I should've walked away

It was a long hot night
She made it easy, she made it feel right
But now it's over the moment has gone
I followed my hands not my head, I know I was wrong

Oh I, I just died in your arms tonight
It must've been something you said
I just died in your arms tonight
Oh I, I just died in your arms tonight
It must've been some kind of kiss
I should've walked away

Oh I, I just died in your arms tonight....


At age 18, Nick Van Eede launched his musical career, touring with artists like David Essex and Leo Sayer before starting his own band, called the Drivers. While touring Canada, he met Kevin Macmichael, guitarist with Fast Forward. For years Van Eede urged Macmichael to collaborate with him in his songwriting, but Macmichael stayed with Fast Forward until an auto accident left the other members unable to continue touring. With London as their home base, Van Eede and Macmichael gave themselves one year to sign a recording contract, and recruited drummer Martin "Frosty" Beedle, previously a member of the cabaret band on the QE2, and bass player Colin Farley, a mession musician living in Spain. Van Eede came up with the band's name after reading an article in the British rock publication Sounds, which described the band Queen as a "cutting crew," or studio band. And one night he came up with the title and concept for "(I Just) Died In Your Arms" after making love with his girlfriend. "I actually remember saying that," he admitted, and promptly jotted a note on a pad he always kept close at hand.
Cutting Crew staged a showcase at a London recording studio for representatives from numerous labels, and won a contract with Siren Records, part of Virgin Records, which in 1987 established itself in the United States. Cutting Crew's "(I Just) Died In Your Arms" became Virgin's first # 1 in America; it reached the top spot on 2 May 1987, and remained there for two weeks. In the UK, the song peaked at # 4. "One For The Mockingbird," another track from Broadcast, the band's debut album, also did well on both sides of the Atlantic. A second album, The Scattering, was released in 1989, and after a third album Cutting Crew disbanded in 1993.