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747 (Swedish song)

"747"
Isola
Released 13 July 1998
Format CD
Genre Indie rock, alternative rock
Label BMG Sweden, RCA Victor
Kent singles chronology

"Saker man ser"
(1998)
"747"
(1998)
"Musik non stop"
(1999)

Isola track listing
"Glider"
(10)
"747"
(11)

"747" is a song by Swedish rock band Kent, written by Joakim Berg. It's the final song on their album Isola and was released as third single in 1998 with B-sides "Din skugga" and "Elever". It's been recorded both with Swedish and English lyrics. It quickly became a fan favorite, and for eight years, the band always ended their concerts with it.

Name, lyrics and theme

In its album version, the song is 7 minutes and 47 seconds long, almost half of that as an instrumental outro with characteristic guitar riffs and keyboard melodies. The title is not to be found in the song, and is not a reference to the Boeing 747 airplane even though the lyrics are flight-inspired: the Swedish original, which is slightly different from the English release, describes the narrator and an unidentified second character leaving or escaping something, towards an unknown destination, on a passenger airliner. It closes with a crash scene, moving into the instrumental outro:

listening
tense & strapped in
& when panic erupts
you smile faintly
and whisper to me you
are worth dying for
but against rubber, glass & metal
a miracle means nothing at all

The cover image of the Isola album is an aircraft (in fact, a Boeing 737) which was also used as a backdrop in ensuing concerts. The album name itself is supposed to symbolize New York City, referencing "Isola" in Ed McBains crime novels.

A strange fact is that if you take the full names of each band member, and assign every letter with a number (A = 1, B = 2, C = 3 and so on) and sum it all up, you will get the number 747. The band kept on toying with the number 747: in their 1999 Hagnesta Hill album (the only other album to have an English version), the final song "Visslaren" ("Whistle Song" in the English version) also had a length of 7:47.

Video

A music video was recorded for the English version. In it, the band is playing on a stage with a picture of an airplane as a backdrop. At the same time, a story is played up about a man who attempts to steal the mysterious contents of a briefcase, but ends up abandoned at an airport.

Versions

  • Swedish album version (7:47)
  • Swedish single version (4:25)
  • Swedish Nåid 2000 remix (4:31)
  • English album version (7:47)
  • English single version (4:17) - Video recorded

The single versions have a shorter outro but contain a chorus which the album versions lack.

Track listing

Swedish 4-track single

  1. "747" (Swedish single version) (4:25)
  2. "Elever" (4:46)
  3. "Din Skugga" (4:06)
  4. "747" (Swedish album version) (7:47)

The songs "Elever" and "Din Skugga" were later re-released on the B-Sidor 95-00 album.

Swedish 2-track single

  1. "747" (Swedish single version) (4:25)
  2. "747" (Swedish album version) (7:47)

English re-release

"747"
Isola
Released 25 March 1999
Format CD
Genre Indie rock
Alternative rock
Label BMG/RCA Victor
Kent singles chronology

"Things She Said"
(1998)
"747"
(1999)
"Music Non Stop"
(1999)

Isola track listing
"Glider"
(11)
"747"
(12)

"747" is a single CD by the band Kent.

UK Release

  1. "747" (English Radio Version) (4:17)
  2. "Unprofessional" (Live Radio Session — Recorded for 2 Meter Sessions, 22-5-98) (4:45)
  3. "What It Feels Like" (2:41)

UK Promo

  1. 747 (Radio version)

US Release

  1. Radio edit
  2. Swedish version radio edit
  3. Album version
  4. Suggested callout hook #1
  5. Suggested callout hook #2

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