Broken Wings (Mr. Mister song)

"Broken Wings"

One of non-U.S. picture sleeves, usually for some European countries
Single by Mr. Mister
from the album Welcome to the Real World
Released September 25, 1985
Recorded November, 1984
Genre Soft rock, dance-rock, new wave
Length 5:42 (album version)
4:43 (radio edit)
4:30 (7" edit)
Label RCA
Mr. Mister singles chronology
"Hunters of the Night"
"Broken Wings"
Music video
"Broken Wings" on YouTube

"Broken Wings" is a song recorded by American pop rock band Mr. Mister. It was released in September 1985 as the lead single from their second album Welcome to the Real World. The song peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in December 1985, where it remained for two weeks. It was released as the band was just about to embark on a US tour opening for Tina Turner. The song peaked at number four in the United Kingdom, the highest chart position the group ever achieved in Britain. Broken Wings became the first of two consecutive number ones of the band on the American charts, the other top single was "Kyrie".

Background and music

The song was co-written with lyricist John Lang, who was inspired by a book called "Broken Wings" written by Kahlil Gibran.[1] The song is a mix of synth, digitally delayed guitar, bass and drums. The song's hissing intro was an effect created by the sound of crash cymbal played in reverse.[1]

Music video

The music video for "Broken Wings" was directed by Oley Sassone and filmed in black-and-white.[2] It features lead vocalist/bassist Richard Page driving through the desert in a classic Ford Thunderbird, the first allusion to birds. There is a scene where Page is sitting in a church when a Harris's Hawk flies in through the window and lands next to him on the pew and they exchange a gaze. The full band is also featured in performance scenes. Also appearing in the video are an unknown man and woman dancing tango. They are only shown from the waist down. At the end of the video Page is seen next to the Thunderbird with the vehicle's hood open, symbolizing broken wings.

Track listing

7" Single[3]
  1. "Broken Wings" (single edit) - 4:29
  2. "Uniform of Youth" - 4:25
12" Maxi Single[3]
  1. "Broken Wings" (album version) - 5:45
  2. "Uniform of Youth" - 4:25
  3. "Welcome to the Real World" - 4:18


Chart (1985–1986) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report) 4
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[4] 17
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[5] 2
Canada Top Singles (RPM) 1
Germany (Official German Charts)[6] 8
Ireland (IRMA)[7] 3
Italy (FIMI)[8] 7
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[9] 2
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[10] 13
Norway (VG-lista)[11] 4
Spain (AFYVE)[12] 13
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[13] 14
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[14] 4
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) 4
US Billboard Hot 100 1
US Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary 3
US Billboard Top Rock Tracks 4

Year-end charts

Chart (1985–1986) Position
Canada RPM Top 100 Singles[15] 37
Dutch Top 40 62
US Billboard Hot 100 5

Preceded by
"Separate Lives" by Phil Collins and Marilyn Martin
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
December 7, 1985 – December 14, 1985
Succeeded by
"Say You, Say Me" by Lionel Richie
Preceded by
"We Built This City" by Starship
Canadian RPM number-one single
December 14, 1985
Succeeded by
"Say You, Say Me" by Lionel Richie

Notable covers

A second generation Ford Thunderbird appears in the video


External links

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