Song Lyric Sunday – I Just Died In Your Arms

Another week rolls around and the prompts for today’s Song Lyric Sunday, hosted by our friend Jim Adams, are Death, Destruction, Pestilence and Famine. Hmmm, I wondered if Jim was having a bad week. Anyway I looked on the bright side of the prompts and chose a somewhat romantic song about trying to reconnect with someone. “I Just Died In Your Arms” by Cutting Crew. I like it and hope you do too.

Enjoy your Sunday!

The Song

This was written by Cutting Crew lead singer Nick Van Eede, who told Songfacts it was inspired by a real relationship. Says Nick: “Yes, I cannot tell a lie. It’s a song written about my girlfriend (who is actually the mother of my daughter). We got back together for one night after a year apart and I guess there were some fireworks but all the time tinged with a feeling of ‘should I really be doing this?’ Hence the lyric, ‘I should have walked away.’

I know it sounds corny but I awoke that morning and wrote the basic lyrics within an hour and wrote and recorded the demo completely within three days.”

Richard Branson started Virgin Records in England in 1972, but it wasn’t until 1987 and the release of Cutting Crew’s Broadcast album that Virgin broke through in America. Nick Van Eede told us about his experience with the record company: “We were signed to Siren records which was part of Virgin so we were always a little bit on the outside but it was the ’80s and they certainly put their money where their mouth was. We were flown to New York for the initial recordings of the album and this is where we got a great recording of ‘I’ve Been In Love Before.’ Then we were flown to Australia to shoot videos… all a bit crazy really. We gave them their first US #1 with ‘(I Just) Died In Your Arms’ but the company soon outgrew us as music stars were changing in the early ’90s. We wrote one slightly veiled song having a pop at US A&R antics in our ‘Between A Rock And A Hard Place’ from The Scattering (1989) album. I sang, ‘I got a brick but I can’t find a window,’ as they continually blocked our album’s release for months making us lose so much momentum.”

Mika used a great deal of this song on his 2007 track “Relax (Take It Easy).” Says Nick: “I know as well as any other song writer that these things can happen and its just the way of the composing world. I am completely confident Mika stumbled in to it accidentally and I am proud to be given the co write… Kerching!!!”

This song has been sampled or interpolated by a number of rap and R&B artists. Jay-Z did a remake of the song, and Amerie used it on her track “I Just Died.”

This was used in the Stranger Things episode “Suzie, Do You Copy?” (2019) and the Cold Case episode “Lonely Hearts” (2006). It also appears in these movies:

The Lego Batman Movie (2017)
Hot Tub Time Machine (2010)
Hot Rod (2007)
Never Been Kissed (1999)

In a 2020 Planters commercial that aired during the Super Bowl in 2020, Matt Walsh and Wesley Snipes are riding the Peanutmobile, singing along as this song plays on the radio. Mr. Peanut is driving. When he swerves to avoid an armadillo, the vehicle goes off a cliff and the three are left hanging by a tree. To save the others, Mr. Peanut plunges to a fiery death. His elegy reads: “Mr. Peanut. 1916-2020.”

Courtesy of Songfacts

The Lyrics

Oh I, I just died in your arms tonight
It must have been something you said
I just died in your arms tonight

I keep looking for something I can't get
Broken hearts lie all around me
And I don't see an easy way to get out of this
Her diary, it sits by the bedside table
The curtains are closed, the cats in the cradle
Who would've thought that a boy like me could come to this

Oh I, I just died in your arms tonight
It must've been something you said
I just died in your arms tonight
Oh I, I just died in your arms tonight
It must've been some kind of kiss
I should've walked away, I should've walked away

Is there any just cause for feeling like this?
On the surface, I'm a name on a list
I try to be discreet, but then blow it again
I've lost and found, it's my final mistake
She's loving by proxy, no give and all take
'Cause I've been thrilled to fantasy one too many times

Oh I, I just died in your arms tonight
It must've been something you said
I just died in your arms tonight

Oh I, I just died in your arms tonight
It must've been some kind of kiss
I should've walked away, I should've walked away
It was a long hot night
She made it easy, she made it feel right
But now it's over the moment has gone
I followed my hands not my head, I know I was wrong

Oh I, I just died in your arms tonight
It must've been something you said
I just died in your arms tonight
Oh I, I just died in your arms tonight
It must've been some kind of kiss
I should've walked away, I should've walked away

Writer/s: Nicholas Eede 
Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

  15 comments for “Song Lyric Sunday – I Just Died In Your Arms

  1. aisasami
    March 6, 2022 at 10:42 am

    I love this song! Such a classic!

    • Christine Bolton
      March 7, 2022 at 7:47 pm

      I’m happy you liked it Amy 💕☺️

  2. February 28, 2022 at 12:40 am

    Its a song so full of emotion, a complete classic.

    • Christine Bolton
      February 28, 2022 at 1:46 pm

      Thanks so much 💕☺️ Hope you’re doing ok

      • February 28, 2022 at 6:53 pm

        I am amidst deep deep dives into tears lately I feel a little safer in the wild seas, Christine. Music really helps me 🌈🌹❤

      • Christine Bolton
        March 1, 2022 at 8:32 am

        I’m sorry. Life is a struggle for so many. Thinking of you and wishing you well. I’m happy music is giving you strength ☺️❤️

      • March 1, 2022 at 4:24 pm

        Well.if we are awakening we dint have the luxury of numb any more but love lives in the other side of pain truthfully faced and integrated. Wishing you peace too. 🌹🌈

  3. February 27, 2022 at 8:57 am

    I have always liked this song Christine, nice choice.

    • Christine Bolton
      March 1, 2022 at 8:35 am

      Thanks Jim

  4. February 27, 2022 at 2:01 am

    Love this song 🎶💖

    • Christine Bolton
      February 27, 2022 at 9:19 pm

      Oh me too! I still hear it all the time. Thanks Paula ☺️💕

  5. February 27, 2022 at 1:59 am

    Nice choice. I’d never heard this song before.

    • February 27, 2022 at 12:00 pm

      Great Choice Christine 💜💜🇺🇦

      • Christine Bolton
        February 27, 2022 at 9:16 pm

        Thanks Willow ☺️💕

    • Christine Bolton
      February 27, 2022 at 9:17 pm

      Thanks so much. It was very 80s wasn’t it? ☺️

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