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For the Clannad album of the same name, go to The Best of Clannad: In a Lifetime.

"In a Lifetime" is a pop song performed by Irishmarker artists Clannad and Bono. It was written by brothers Pól Brennan and Ciarán Brennan and produced by Steve Nye. The song was released in 1986, and was the first single to be released from Clannad's 8th studio album Macalla (1985). It charted well in many countries including USAmarker, Irelandmarker, UKmarker, Italymarker and Brazilmarker. It is one of Clannad's most successful songs and it remains as Bono's most successful solo effort.

The single was re-released in 1989 with a change of artwork on the cover and a different B Side (Indoor). The song also appears on Moya Brennan's 2008 live album Heart Strings and on Triniti's début album.

Music video

The video was shot in Clannad's hometown of Gweedoremarker, County Donegalmarker, Irelandmarker. It is set in 1930's Ireland and it is based on the lives of local folk around this time. It shows young children walking along a narrow road in the countryside, followed by a hearse. It also shows old men drinking in a pub. The video, which was directed by Meiert Avis, was praised for its haunting portrayal of the Irish countryside and old Irish traditions.

Track listing

  1. "In a Lifetime" – 3:10
  2. "Indoor" – 4:00

Chart history

Chart (1985) Peak

Dutch Top 40 14 9
New Zealand Chart 32 6

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