It Won’t Be Long (Alison Moyet song)

It Won’t Be Long” is a song by the British singer-songwriter Alison Moyet, which was released in 1991 as the lead single from her third studio album Hoodoo. It was written by Moyet and Pete Glenister, and produced by Glenister.

1991 single by Alison Moyet
“It Won’t Be Long”
Single by Alison Moyet
from the album Hoodoo
B-side “My Right A.R.M.”
Released 25 March 1991[1]
Genre Pop, rock
Length 3:56
Label Columbia
Songwriter(s) Alison Moyet, Pete Glenister
Producer(s) Pete Glenister
Alison Moyet singles chronology
Love Letters
It Won’t Be Long
Wishing You Were Here

A music video was filmed to promote the single,[2] while Moyet also performed the song on Wogan.[3]

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Having recording her second studio album Raindancing while living in Los Angeles, Moyet returned to live in England after completing a world tour. Moyet’s record company, CBS, wanted her to continue producing pop hits but this left the singer feeling artistically compromised and under pressure to deliver. During the period after returning to England, Moyet began a songwriting partnership with Pete Glenister, who had been Moyet’s guitarist for part of the Raindancing tour. Keen to have more artistic freedom, she suggested to CBS that Glenister should produce her. Muff Winwood of the label’s A&R division granted Moyet permission to record the album she wanted to, with Hoodoo being released in April 1991.[4][5]

Preceding the album in March was the lead single “It Won’t Be Long”. Although it gained airplay on radio,[6] “It Won’t Be Long” failed to enter the UK Top 40, reaching No. 50. It remained in the Top 100 for four weeks.[7] In the States, it reached No. 29 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks Chart.[8] Despite its limited commercial success, the song saw Moyet awarded a Grammy nomination for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance in 1993.[9]

In a 1991 interview with the Liverpool Echo, Moyet described “It Won’t Be Long” as “basically a song about getting older”. She added: “When you’re young, you can go into things with an open mind. As you get older and experience all sorts of situations, you pick up all sorts of emotional luggage that you carry with you.”[10] On her official website, she has cited the song as one of her favourites from Hoodoo.[11]

“It Won’t Be Long” was released by Columbia on 7″ vinyl, 12″ vinyl, cassette and CD. It was released in the UK and across Europe, as well as Australia.[12] In the States, it was released as a promotional CD single only.[13] The 7″ vinyl’s B-side, “My Right A.R.M.”, was taken from the Hoodoo album. The “A.R.M” in the song’s title resembles the initials of Moyet’s oldest daughter.[14] A second B-side, “Take of Me”, appeared on the 12″ vinyl and CD versions of the single. The song was later included as an album track on Moyet’s 1994 album Essex.[15]

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