I never felt the sun
I dread to think of when
When the wind blows
This song was written by David Bowie and Swiss musician Erdal Kizilcay for the animated film When the Wind Blows, based on the book of the same name by Raymond Briggs. It was released by BBC Studio 4 as a single in June 1986 with an orchestral arrangement of the song on the B-side.
A limited edition picture-disc was released the same year, containing the same tracks but the picture on the front of the disc was of the main characters from the movie. "When the Wind Blows" peaked at number 44 in the UK, having been promoted by a video that featured a montage of clips from the film. Since then the song has appeared on only a few reissues and compilations.
This was the second time that Bowie contributed to a film that was based on a Raymond Briggs book: the first was a filmed introduction to The Snowman in 1982. Erdal Kizilcay would work with Bowie again on five albums, most notably the 1993 soundtrack album The Buddha of Suburbia.