“The NeverEnding Story” by Limahl (ft. Beth Anderson)
The title of this song (“The NeverEnding Story”) is derived from the 1984 film of the same name, with this track serving as the theme song to the English version of the movie. Thus the storyline of the song faithfully matches that of The NeverEnding Story itself, which is based on an unassuming boy who is transported to a magical land which he must save using his imagination. And likewise in the lyrics of the track, we find the singers (Limahl and Beth Anderson) exhorting the addressee to remain steadfast in striving towards fulfilling a dream, as in “the birth of a new day”, and lacking the resolve to do so will result in missing this opportunity.
However, there is a general applicability to the song. After all, it has remained popular throughout the years, with many listeners having no knowledge of the movie it is based on. And in that regard, it actually reads as if the singers are encouraging the addressee to pursue a lady whom he is in love with, again before the opportunity passes him by. Or even more-generally, as alluded to earlier, it can be interpreted as an all-purpose motivational song, one in which the intended recipient is being urged to chase their dreams.
Multiple Versions of “The NeverEnding Story”
Two different versions of this song exist, respectively featuring two different singers. In the French version, Limahl teams up with Ann Calvert. And in the English version, he is joined by American singer Beth Anderson.
But if you have watched the music video to the English version, that is not Beth Anderson singing her parts. Rather it is Mandy Newton, one of Limahl’s backup singers, lip syncing.
A never ending Song
The song is presented in such a fashion as to imply that it is ‘never-ending’, in other words having “no distinctive beginning nor an end”.
Such a successful Song!
“The NeverEnding Story” was a phenomenal success, serving as the signature song of Limahl’s solo career. It peaked at number 17 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 4 on the UK singles chart. It also broke the top 10 in these countries:
Furthermore, it actually topped the charts in Japan, Norway, Spain and Sweden.
Indeed according to Limahl himself, this song “was such a huge hit all over the world and reached the coveted top spot of charts in over 17 countries”. He credits “The NeverEnding Story” for keeping him relevant despite the fact that he long ago stopped producing hits.
And this was definitively proven in 2019 when on 4 July of that year, the song was featured on the season finale of the hit Netflix show Stranger Things and shortly afterwards went absolutely viral, experiencing an 800% (or higher) viewership on both YouTube and Spotify. And of course Limahl, who was 60 years old at the time this happened (35 years after the song was released) was very-pleased and excited to receive this news.
When was “The NeverEnding Story” released?
It was released by EMI in January of 1984. During that year, it was featured on the soundtrack to the film as well as (the second edition of) Limahl’s debut album, Don’t Suppose.
Who wrote “The NeverEnding Story”?
The song was written by Keith Forsey, whom Limahl credited with creating “a simple embodiment of the complex agenda of that movie”. Limahl played no part in the song’s writing.
Regarding the production of “The NeverEnding Story”, it was handled by record producer Giorgio Moroder.