Primal Scream – Movin’ On Up

From their 1991 album, Screamadelica. The song peaked at #2 on Billboard’s Alternative Songs chart on November 22, 1991. One Youtube post said It’s like Amazing Grace meets Sympathy For The Devil.

From Songfacts

This Screamadelica album opener started out like a “slow, gospel kind of ballad, like a Curtis Mayfield-type thing,” frontman Bobby Gillespie told NME. “We couldn’t work out a way of giving it motion or a forward-thrust, so to speak. Then one day (guitarist) Andrew Innes had the idea to do the Bo Diddley-style/Who ‘Magic Bus‘ guitar, very syncopated, and that gave it the forward motion and the rock ‘n roll attitude.”
Gillespie on the simplicity of the lyrics (to NME): “I like country and soul and blues imagery, it’s very simple and direct, and it’s written in a language that anybody can understand. But it’s hard to write that simple because people will always want to complicate things to show of that they can, you know, they think they can write better than they actually can. It’s all about communicating and touching people.”
The lyrics “I was blind, now I can see, you made a believer out of me,” were taken from the German rock band Can’s 1969 song “Yoo Doo Right,” from their debut album, Monster Movie.

Movin’ On Up

I was blind, now I can see
You made a believer out of me
I was blind, now I can see
You made a believer out of me

I’m movin’ on up now
Getting out of the darkness
My light shines on
My light shines on
My light shines on

I was lost
Now I’m found
I believe in you
I got no bounds
I was lost
Now I’m found
I believe in you
I got no bounds

I’m movin’ on up now
Getting out of the darkness
My light shines on
My light shines on
My light shines on (my light shines on)
My light shines on (my light shines on)
My light shines on

(My light shines on)
(My light shines on)
(My light shines on)
(My light shines on)

I’m gettin’ out of the darkness (my light shines on)
I’m gettin’ out of the darkness (my light shines on)
I’m gettin’ out of the darkness (my light shines on)
I’m gettin’ out of the darkness (my light shines on)
I’m gettin’ out of the darkness (my light shines on)
I’m gettin’ out of the darkness (my light shines on)
I’m gettin’ out of the darkness (my light shines on)
I’m gettin’ out of the darkness (my light shines on)
I’m gettin’ out of the darkness (my light shines on)
I’m gettin’ out of the darkness (my light shines on)
I’m gettin’ out of the darkness (my light shines on)
I’m gettin’ out of the darkness (my light shines on) Writer/s: Andrew Innes, Bobby Gillespie, Robert Young

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