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(Baby I've Got You) On My Mind

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Australia 10 November 2003

Sing Sing Studios, Melbourne

"(Baby I've Got You) On My Mind" (also known simply as "On My Mind") is the single album of the fifth studio album by Powderfinger on 10 November 2003 by Universal Music. It won the 2003 ARIA Music Award for Single of the Year. It was released as a single in 2003 and reached #9 on the Australian music chart, the band's third highest charting single to date.



After two albums of Powderfinger releasing singles that were either acoustic anthems (such as "My Happiness") or ballads ("The Metre" or "The Day You Come"), Powderfinger decided to release a heavy rock song as their new album, Vulture Street's lead single. In accordance with this, the band's publicity was geared towards a more rock oriented slant, with magazine covers and articles indicating that they were "returning to rock," alluding to the rock albums Parables for Wooden Ears and the highly successful Double Allergic, however some criticism was that the band's "rock" sound was different from previous releases, indicating that they were trying to be more like AC/DC than previously. Although the single for the song was released under the title of "On My Mind," the album cover has the song's title printed as "(Baby I've Got You) On My Mind." It is alleged that Bernard Fanning implicitly wrote the lyrics as a tribute to former radio and television personality John Burgess.

The album's artwork is of a painted ship entitled "On My Mind". The design style of the cover and case is in the same style as the other singles from Vulture Street, however all are very different from the album itself, except for the use of highly contrasting colours.

Music video

The music video for "On My Mind" was directed by Scott Walton. The video, like the group's previous single "Like a Dog", was filmed in black and white.

CD version

  1. "On My Mind" - 3:23
  2. "Sweetness" ("Bandroom" demo version) - 2:25
  3. "On My Mind" ("Bandroom" demo version) - 3:50
  4. "This Song Has Gone to Hell" (Studio outtake) - 3:34

7" version

  1. "On My Mind" - (Album version) - 3:23
  2. "On My Mind" - (Instrumental) - 3:23
  3. "On My Mind" - (Acapella) - 3:23

Cover versions

In 2005, on the third season of Australian Idol, the song was performed by contestant Tarni Stephans on the Top 12 Australiana theme night. Stephans was eliminated the next night on the verdict show, however she recorded a cover of this song on that season's cast album.

In 2007, "(Baby I've Got You) On My Mind" was performed again on the fifth season of Australian Idol by Natalie Gauci who eventually won the series. Gauci recorded a cover of the song for her Winner's Journey album.


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