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All I Need Is a Miracle

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"You Are the One"

7' 12"

Soft rock, pop rock

3 February 1986



"All I Need Is a Miracle" is a song performed by Mike + The Mechanics. Written by guitarist Mike Rutherford and producer Christopher Neil, it was first included on their 1985 self-titled debut album, and later released as a single in early 1986 in the USA, where it reached number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was sung by Paul Young on both the original recording and the 1996 re-recording for the band's Hits compilation album.


In an interview prior to the song's release as a single, Rutherford commented, "The thing that makes 'Miracle' different, to me, is that it's a happy song – or it's primarily a happy song. It's 'up'. And I don't do that very often. ...It may not be optimistic, but it's a positive attitude to life."


"All I Need Is a Miracle" was the second single released by Mike + The Mechanics, following "Silent Running (On Dangerous Ground)", which also reached the top 10. "All I Need Is a Miracle" featured lead vocals by former Sad Café vocalist Paul Young.

The cover of the single was twice recycled for Mike + The Mechanics albums, first for their greatest hits package Hits in 1996, and then for Mike & the Mechanics in 1999.

A new version of the song, titled "All I Need Is a Miracle '96", was included on Hits.

In 1987 the song was nominated for "Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group" at the 29th Annual Grammy Awards Ceremony.


The music video for "Silent Running (On Dangerous Ground)" ends with footage of Mike + The Mechanics performing the song at a restaurant, and segues into the video for "Miracle". In the video, "All I Need is a Miracle" is the final song in the band's fictional set, so Mike + The Mechanics' tour manager (played by Roy Kinnear) attempts to settle up with the restaurant owner (played by Victor Spinetti) for the agreed sum of £250. However, the owner points out that due to the gig being arranged at the last minute, the restaurant is more than half empty, and refuses to pay. Moreover, he threatens to hold all the band's equipment as collateral until he is paid £500.

The bulk of the video then alternates between the band's performance (with Paul Carrack acting as the bassist) and the manager's adventures in trying to acquire the necessary £500. The manager's conflicts get worse when a Chinese hoodlum swipes his money while riding a bike. The manager runs after the thief and follows him to the basement of a restaurant in Chinatown where his money is being gambled away. There he attempts to gamble his money back by playing mah-jong. However, as he is winning, the thief and his cronies kick him out of the building. As he sits in despair, he attains his goal when he finds a lost dog and the grateful owner hands him some money. Thinking nothing of this encounter, the manager eventually glances at the money and realises that the man handed him a thousand-pound note by mistake. He tries to return the money, but the dog owner is already gone. He then returns to the restaurant, pays the owner the £500, and gives the change to Rutherford, telling him to split it among the band.

Both the greenhorn tour manager and the closing quip "That's an easy way of making a living" would make return appearances in the video for "Taken In".


In 1988 Rutherford's other band Genesis performed a section of the song as part of a solo career medley on the 1988 Atlantic Records 40th Anniversary concert. It is the only Mike + The Mechanics song to have been played live by the band. Genesis vocalist Phil Collins covered the song at the picnic by the lake in 1989. It was also referenced by him often during Genesis concerts, especially during the "Turn It On Again" medley.

In 2003, the song was covered by classically trained vocalist Tina Ann. In May 2005 the song was covered by Red Kult.


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