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Stevie

Kasabian performing Stevie in Paris on 30 April 2014

Stevie was written by Sergio Pizzorno and is the 3rd track on 48:13. It was released as the third single off the album on 10 November 2014.

BackgroundEdit

Stevie, which was previously known by the titles Kid and Live To Fight/Live To Fight Another Day, was inspired by artist Carrie Reichardt, particularly her Mad in England mosaics. "The first verse is elders pinning you down," Serge explained in an NME interview, "the second verse is the comeback."[1] The song is about "standing up for what you believe in. [...] We all have our own, personal battles."[2] The name Stevie was chosen for its gender ambiguity.[3]

The song was also featured on the official soundtrack of the football video game FIFA 15. The version included in the game has slightly different lyrics, with the second line having been changed to "who you wanna take down".

LiveEdit

Stevie was first performed live in an acoustic session in Germany late April 2014 and has been a part of the regular set since. Starting from October 2014, it has been the first song of the encore, often accompanied by a string quartet.

An acoustic version from an HMV session in London on 11 June 2014 was officially released by HMV in July 2014. On New Year's Day 2015 an acoustic version of Stevie performed by Serge alone was published on Kasabian's official YouTube channel.

VideoEdit

Kasabian - stevie04:48

Kasabian - stevie

The Stevie video was directed by Ninian Doff and released on 14 October 2014. Visual effects company Finish described the video as "dystopian", saying: "Stevie is an innocent young boy who's confined to a bleak world in the name of science. Held captive by an unknown group of eerily attired lab assistants, Stevie is put through his paces in a host of repetitive, testing conditioning exercises whilst knowing nothing of the outside world."[4]

ReleasesEdit

Albums

Singles

Live releasesEdit

Video

LyricsEdit

Stevie, where you going with that gun
Who you wanna shoot down
Who you trying to kid

You've been watching too much TV
It's playing with your memories
It's trying to break your heart

Just calm down
Take your medication
It numbs you to the world
Not my world

And all the kids they say
Live to fight another day
Live to fight again

And all the kids they say
Live to fight another day
Live to fight again, again, again, again

It's no life underneath your finger
I dreamt a little bigger
I'm sick and tired of this

If you show us what we can't have
What did you expect when
We take it back from you

'Cause it's no joke, no joke
I wanna open up your eyes wide, eyes wide
I feel it coming but you can't hide, can't hide
I wanna make you see light

And all the kids they say
Live to fight another day
Live to fight again

And all the kids they say
Live to fight another day
Live to fight again, again, again, again

And the ordinary people
Living ordinary lives
There's more than just existence
I see the fire in your eyes
But you knew this all already
It comes as no surprise
It's time to push things forward
'Cause there's no way back
Yeah there's no way back now

Live to fight another day
Live to fight again
Live to fight another day
Live to fight again, again, again, again

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