Burning Bridges

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About Burning Bridges

"Burning Bridges (On and Off and On Again)" is a single released by the British rock band Status Quo in 1988. It was included on the album Ain't Complaining. The tune is based on the traditional English folk song "Darby Kelly". In 1994 Manchester United F. C. used the song as the basis for their FA Cup song "Come On You Reds", which reached number one in the UK Singles Chart in May 1994. The song was reprised, in 2014, for the band's thirty-first studio album Aquostic (Stripped Bare). It was featured in the ninety-minute launch performance of the album at London's Roundhouse on 22 October, the concert being recorded and broadcast live by BBC Radio 2 as part of their In Concert series. 


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Building dreams has always been my way
Making time and living for the day
Burning bridges never made me cry
I could walk away with no goodbye
Easy take or easy leave them all
'Til you scratch the writing on the wall

It's on and off and on again
Going on and then
Taking all I got again
Bleeding me leaving me dry
You're hanging on for what you can
Dragging out the pain
Taking all I give again
Fakin it making me cry

One day someday I may slide away
Turn around and call it all a day
Even though I fooled myself for years
I can't escape this ringing in my ears

It's on and off and on again
Going on and then
Taking all I got again
Bleeding me leaving me dry
You're hanging on for what you can
Dragging out the pain
Taking all I give again
Fakin it making me cry

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Status Quo

Status Quo, also colloquially known as The Quo or just Quo, are an English rock band whose music is characterized by their distinctive brand of boogie rock. more »

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Written by: Andy Bown, Francis Rossi

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13 facts about this song

Release Details
"Burning Bridges" was released by the British rock band Status Quo in 1988.
Peak Billboard Status
This catchy, upbeat tune reached number five on the UK Singles Chart.
Album Association
"Burning Bridges" is a single from the same-named album, "Ain't Complaining."
Unique Genre
The song belongs to the "boogie rock" genre, which is the signature style of Status Quo.
Signature Riff
The song features a very recognizable riff that's based on the traditional folk tune "Darby Kelly."
Music Video
The accompanying music video involves the band members dressed in period military uniforms, singing and playing instruments on an open field, with scenes of a mock battle happening around them.
Christmas Timing
The song was released during Christmas season in December 1988 and has since become a holiday favorite.
Cover Versions
The song has been covered by numerous artists, including Onslaught and Mike Harding.
Football Association
"Burning Bridges" has been adopted by Manchester United Football Club, with club-specific lyrics sung by fans to the tune of the song.
Band Composition
When "Burning Bridges" was recorded, Status Quo's line-up consisted of Francis Rossi (guitar, vocals), Rick Parfitt (guitar, vocals), Alan Lancaster (bass), and John Coghlan (drums).
Hit Early in Career
"Burning Bridges" was one of Status Quo's biggest hits during the band's early years, solidifying its mainstream success.
Inspiring Sound
Despite the name, "Burning Bridges" is quite an uplifting song, with a fast tempo and major-keys that give it a decidedly happy sound.
Music-Movie Connection
It was used in the 2002 British crime-comedy, "Mike Bassett: England Manager."

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