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Tears For Fears - Pale Shelter (1983)

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"Pale Shelter" is a song by the British band Tears for Fears. Written by Roland Orzabal and sung by bassist Curt Smith, it ...

"Pale Shelter" is a song by the British band Tears for Fears. Written by Roland Orzabal and sung by bassist Curt Smith, it was originally the band's second single release in early 1982. The original version of the song, entitled "Pale Shelter (You Don't Give Me Love)", would not see chart success at the time of its original UK release. However, it would later become a top 20 hit in Canada and would become a top 75 hit when it was reissued in the UK in 1985.

The generally better-known version was a re-recording from 1983. This version eventually became the third UK top 5 chart hit taken from Tears for Fears' debut LP The Hurting (1983), peaking at number 5. As with the previous two singles, the song also reached the top 40 in several other countries.

Meaning

Roland Orzabal: "It's a kind of a love song, though more referring to one's parents than to a girl"

The title of the song is a reference to "Pale Shelter Scene", a 1941 drawing by British sculptor Henry Moore.

Music video

The promotional music video for "Pale Shelter" was directed by Steve Barron in early 1983 in Los Angeles. The video, which features a number of odd juxtapositions (including a police officer directing traffic and a live alligator in a swimming pool), is notable for the scene of an imprint of a giant iron on a runway at Los Angeles International Airport, with steam apparently coming off the tarmac, onto which Smith and Orzabal walk, and another scene in which the pair walk into a sea of flying paper aeroplanes, with one of them hitting Orzabal directly in the eye. The clip has been included on various Tears For Fears video collections, including 1983's The Videosingles and 1992's Tears Roll Down (Greatest Hits 82–92).

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