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A Lifetime to Repair
A Lifetime to Repair
Single by Kylie Minogue
From the album Golden
Released 17 August 2018 (2018-08-17)
Recorded 2017
Length 3:19
Label BMG
Writer(s)
Producer(s) Sky Adams
Kylie Minogue singles chronology
Golden single A Lifetime to Repair Music's Too Sad Without You
Golden track listing
"Golden"
(3)
"A Lifetime to Repair"
(4)
"Sincerely Yours"
(5)
Music Video
Kylie Minogue - A Lifetime to Repair

Kylie Minogue - A Lifetime to Repair

"A Lifetime to Repair" is a song by Kylie Minogue from her fourteenth studio album Golden (2018). Written by Kylie, Sky Adams, Danny Shah and Kiris Houston, and produced by Adams, the song was released as the fourth single from the album, with a radio edit of the song was sent to radios on 4 August 2018, and it appeared on digital platforms on 17 August. Like previous singles from Golden, "A Lifetime to Repair" uses elements of country pop combined with elements of dance-pop, backed by acoustic guitars, pianos and a banjo. Lyrically, the song deals with Kylie's past heart breaks, and how she would learn from these for future potential relationships.

A lyric video for "A Lifetime to Repair" was released on the same day, with the concept of a scrapbook diary throughout the video. The song was performed during the Kylie Presents Golden underplay shows.

Background and composition

In January 2018, Kylie released her single "Dancing", her first offering from her fourteenth studio album Golden, and two months later announced the release of "Stop Me From Falling". On May 29 2018, Kylie released the title track as the third single. On 4 August, a radio edit of "A Lifetime to Repair" premiered on BBC Radio 2. On 17 August, the song was released on digital platforms, with Kylie confirming the release of the radio edit as the fourth single from Golden, as well as the artwork for the single.

"A Lifetime to Repair" runs for three minutes and nineteen seconds, and features instrumentation of acoustic guitars, piano,a fiddle and a banjo. Musically, "A Lifetime to Repair" is a pop song with heavy influences from country music. Lyrically, the song is one of the first from Golden to deal with heart break and failed relationships. Sonically, Helen Clarke from MusicOMH said the song was "structurally weird; half of it is made up of lolling country guitars and drawling vocals, the other half the glittery pop she's best known for."

Music video

A lyric video for "A Lifetime to Repair" was released and uploaded to Kylie's official YouTube channel on 16 August 2018; the video revolved around the idea of a scrapbook, with imagery of bits of scrap paper and sellotape included throughout the video.

Live performances

"A Lifetime to Repair" was included on the set list for the Kylie Presents: Golden shows; during these shows, the production of the song was updated, with the chorus appearing more upbeat with the inclusion of an acoustic guitar. The song also appeared in the Golden Tour, where Kylie was dressed in full white and sang atop a pool table.

Formats and track listings

  • Digital download
  1. "A Lifetime to Repair" (Edit) - 3:17

Lyrics

Cupid don't love me like he used to do
'Cause I'm broken-hearted way too soon
I let my guard down
A devil's gone and left me a bruise, mmm
Rocks at the bottom, will I try again?
Romeo still lives in my head
Thought I would settle down
When happy ever after'd been said, mmm

6-5-4-3
Too many times I wish I'd never cared
Been torn and twisted, oh I swear
Too many nights crying that it's not fair
If I get hurt again
I'd need a lifetime to repair
I'd need a lifetime to repair
I'd need a lifetime to repair

They told me stories and they got me good
Who's sayin' fairytales aren't true?
If he saves me from the dragon
Well for that lovin', I'd be a fool, mmm
I'd overlook the stupid things he does
Straight up forgive him when he's wrong
When he's fallen off the wagon
We'll still dance to our favourite slow song, mmm

6-5-4-3
Too many times I wish I'd never cared
Been torn and twisted, oh I swear
Too many nights crying that it's not fair
If I get hurt again
I'd need a lifetime to repair
I'd need a lifetime to repair
I'd need a lifetime to repair

They say that love is everywhere
But it's a game of truth or dare
Gimme that guarantee and I'll be there
Heaven knows I tried my best
Now I'm swimming in a sea of loneliness
Wanna take that chance
I wanna say yeah

But too many times I wish I'd never cared
Been torn and twisted, oh I swear
Too many nights crying that it's not fair
If I get hurt again
I'd need a lifetime to repair
I'd need a lifetime to repair
I'd need a lifetime to repair

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