The Promise (song)

The Promise (song)

Infobox Single
Name = The Promise

Artist = When in Rome
from Album = When in Rome
Released = 1988
Format = vinyl record (12")
Genre = Dance, Pop
Something Special: THE OFFICIAL TUESDAY SONG!!!!!
Length = 3:40
Label = Virgin, 10
Writer = Clive Farrington, Michael Floreale, Andrew Mann
Producer = Michael Brauer
Last single = –
This single = "The Promise"
Next single = "Heaven Knows"

"The Promise" is a dance song performed by the British band When in Rome from their self-titled debut album. The song made the Top 20 on the Billboard's Hot 100 chart in 1988 and is the band's biggest commercial hit. More recently, it gained publicity after being featured over the end credits of the 2004 film "Napoleon Dynamite".

Cover versions

* The band Hey Mercedes covered the song as a hidden track on their 2002 EP "The Weekend EP".
* The Eyeliners, a female punk band, released a more punk oriented version of the song on their 2005 album, "No Apologies".
* Anberlin, an alternative rock band, released a cover of the song on the special edition of their 2007 album, "Cities", as well as on their b-sides album, "Lost Songs".
* New Found Glory covered this song on their album "From the Screen to Your Stereo Part II".
* The female electro duo Marsheaux covered it on their 2007 album " Peekaboo".

Lyrics and composition

In the song's lyrics, the narrator tells a friend of his that he will make her fall in love with him, and that he will always be there for her. He cannot find the words to express his love, but if she waits he promises that he will make her love him. The style is similar to the output of the synth-pop band A Flock of Seagulls.Fact|date=May 2008

Chart performance

"The Promise" was initially released as a 12" record and reached the top of the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart. After the release of the group's self titled debut the song was re-released and peaked at #11 on the Billboard Hot 100.



* [ "Billboard"] . Billboard "Hot 100 airplay and sales charts". Retrieved June 11 2006.

External links

* [ "The Promise" lyrics]

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