Missing

Everything But the Girl

About Missing

"Missing" is a song by English popular music duo Everything but the Girl, taken from their eighth studio album Amplified Heart (1994). It was written by the two band members, Tracey Thorn and Ben Watt, and was produced by Watt. It was taken as the second single off the album on 8 August 1994 by Atlantic Records and Blanco Y Negro Records. It initially did not achieve much success until it was remixed by Todd Terry and re-released in 1995, resulting in worldwide success, peaking at or near the top of the charts in many countries. The release of the remixed version of "Missing" gave an indication of the band's future experimentation with more electronic dance music on subsequent albums. Musically the song takes in multiple genres. The original version from the album is a more low-tempo influenced song, while the popular Todd Terry remix version is a more up-tempo dance-pop song. Lyrically the song talks about one person missing the other because they have moved away. "Missing" was critically acclaimed by the majority of music critics, who praised the composition and generally considered it a highlight on the album. 


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I step off the train
I'm walking down your street again
And past your door, but you don't live there anymore
It's years since you've been there
Now you've disappeared somewhere, like outer space
You've found some better place

And I miss you, like the deserts miss the rain
And I miss you, like the deserts miss the rain

Could you be dead?
You always were two steps ahead, of everyone
We'd walk behind while you would run
I look up at your house
And I can almost hear you shout down to me
Where I always used to be

And I miss you, like the deserts miss the rain
And I miss you, like the deserts miss the rain

Back on the train, I ask why did I come again?
Can I confess, I've been hanging round your old address?
And the years have proved
To offer, nothing since you've moved
You're long gone, but I can't move on

And I miss you, like the deserts miss the rain
And I miss you, like the deserts miss the rain
And I miss you

I step off the train
I'm walking down your street again
And past your door, I guess you don't live there anymore
It's years since you've been there
Now you've disappeared somewhere, like outer space
You've found some better place

And I miss you,
And I miss you,
You found some better place

And I miss you, like the deserts miss the rain
And I miss you, yeah, like the deserts miss the rain
And I miss you, and I miss you
Like the deserts miss the rain
And I miss you, yeah, like the deserts miss the rain
The deserts miss the rain
Like the deserts miss the rain
Like the deserts miss the rain,
Like the deserts miss the rain
And I miss you, yeah, like the deserts miss the rain

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Everything But the Girl

Everything but the Girl are an English musical duo formed in Kingston upon Hull in 1982, consisting of lead singer, songwriter, composer and occasional guitarist Tracey Thorn and guitarist, keyboardist, songwriter, composer, producer and singer Ben Watt. The group's early works have been categorized as sophisti-pop with jazz influences before undergoing an electronic turn following the worldwide success of the 1994 hit single "Missing", remixed by Todd Terry.The duo have achieved four top 10 and 12 top 40 singles in the UK and received eight gold and two platinum album BPI certifications in the UK as well as one gold album RIAA certification in the US. Their cover of "I Don't Want to Talk About It" reached No. 3 on the UK Singles Chart in 1988, a feat later m… more »

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Written by: Ben Watt, Tracey Thorn

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11 facts about this song

Genre Classification
The song "Missing" by Everything But The Girl falls under the electronic and dance-pop genre. It is characterized by a chill-out, laid-back vibe that is typical of the do-it-yourself (DIY) electronic music culture.
Chart Performance
In 1994, "Missing" peaked at number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States. It was the highest charting single for the band in the U.S., making it their most successful release.
Commercial Success
The song was a commercial success worldwide. It topped the singles chart in Germany, Canada, and Italy and entered the top ten in numerous countries.
Remix Version
The song was originally a guitar-based track from the band's 1994 album 'Amplified Heart'. However, its recognition came with the release of its remixed version by American house music producer Todd Terry.
Platinum Certification
The song went platinum in the U.S., selling over a million copies. It was certified gold in the U.K. and Australia.
Grammy Nomination
The remixed version of the track was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical in 1996.
Strong Radio Play
"Missing" reportedly was played over 2.8 million times on American radio by the end of 1996, making it the most played song that year.
Movie Soundtracks
The song was featured in several movie soundtracks. Some of these include the 1995 Italian film "L'Appât" and the 1996 American comedy-drama "The Pallbearer".
Artistic Direction
The song is a major departure musically for Everything But the Girl. The duo, primarily known for their pop/jazz sounds, welcomed this hit as the catalyst to their future work which focused more on electronic music.
Longevity
Even several years after its release, "Missing" continues to be a popular choice among radio stations and at clubs. This illustrates the timeless appeal of the song.
Band’s Legacy
"Missing" is considered an important part of Everything But the Girl's legacy. It propelled them into international stardom and left a lasting impact on the music world.

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