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(I Just) Died in Your Arms (1986) - Cutting Crew - All about the song...

"I just died in your hands."

Story of the Song "(I Just) Died in Your Arms" (1986)

Well known to everyone - "(I Just) Died in Your Arms" was released in 1986 as a full single from the debut album of the rock band Cutting Crew. Tender in its own way, with deep lyrics and a gorgeous instrumental - the song was written by Nick van Ede after a stormy night with his beloved...

Cutting Crew Group
Cutting Crew Group

The making of a song...

The author of the powerful ballad is Nick van Ede, the first-rate musician and the main creative center of the band. According to Nick, it took him no more than an hour to write the cult hit. The most interesting thing is that the lyrics are based on the real-life relationship of the Cutting Crew vocalist...

Nick van Ede
Nick van Ede

"(I Just) Died in Your Arms" is addressed to Nick's sweetheart, a charming gypsy girl they haven't seen in a year! The musician longed for his girlfriend until he finally met her on New Year's Eve. The result of the meeting was a stormy night, and nine months later - a daughter named Lauren!

Already after the release the musician said that the legendary phrase "I just died in your hands" was born in his head while they were lying in bed together that night... Waking up in the morning, Nick began to record the line:

"...I don't see the point in lying. This song was inspired by my girlfriend and now the mother of my daughter... After a year of separation, we met and... it was a real firework of passion! But I was haunted by the feeling that I was doing the wrong thing until the very last moment. Hence the lyric: 'I had to leave'...".

"...I wrote the lyrics within an hour that morning. It took something like three days to record the demo..."

Release and achievements

"(I Just) Died in Your Arms" was released in 1986, as a full-length Cutting Crew single. The heartfelt lyric remains to this day the band's most famous hit.

Several producers worked on the song at once, including members of the Cutting Crew and British producer Terry Brown.

The song with the lyrics "I just died in your arms" was among the four singles released from Broadcast's debut studio album.

The album cover...
The album cover...

The lyric went #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and #4 on the UK Singles, making it a smash hit in the Cutting Crew discography!

It was subsequently covered or sampled by many prominent performers, most notably rapper Jay-Z.

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