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"Eternity/The Road to Mandalay"
Single by Robbie Williams
from the album Sing When You're Winning
Released July 9, 2001
Format CD single, cassette
Recorded 2000
Genre Pop, soft rock
Length 5:00 ("Eternity")
4:11 (radio edit)
3:57 ("The Road to Mandalay")
3:18 (radio edit)
Producer Guy Chambers
Steve Power
Certification Gold (BPI)
Robbie Williams singles chronology
"Let Love Be Your Energy"
(2001)
"Eternity/The Road to Mandalay"
(2001)
"Better Man"
(2001)

"Eternity/ The Road to Mandalay" is the fifth single from Robbie Williams' 2000 Sing When You're Winning album, released in July 2001. Brian May plays guitar on "Eternity". "Eternity" does not appear in the album but it was later included on Williams' Greatest Hits album.

The song was the 20th best selling single of 2001 in the UK.

Contents

Music Videos

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The Road to Mandalay

The video for "The Road to Mandalay" shows Robbie and four friends, driving a Jensen FF (a rare MKIII car, number 130/317, of which only 15 were built from a total of 320 FFs)[1] & Ford Transit van, alternatively goofing around and scoping out a money transport van and the people who transport the money. When the robbery goes down, Robbie and his friends dress with masks covering their faces and run into the transport van with a truck. Holding up a sign demanding the money (and showing the dog of one of the drivers, thus showing they know where to find the driver's family), they quickly move the money to another van, then celebrate while driving off. Robbie invites his friends to his new plush house, celebrating with plenty of champagne and cake. The video ends with the van nearly running over an elderly lady, and with Robbie waking up startled next to his girlfriend.

Eternity

The video for "Eternity" is a sequel to "The Road to Mandalay". Mixed with scenes from the first video are scenes of Robbie and his girlfriend lounging around their house, playing pool and walking along the beach and on the trampoline. These scenes are also intercut with scenes of Robbie and his girlfriend standing opposite each other, looking wistfully at each other. The end of the video shows Robbie giving his girlfriend a long parting kiss, then being handcuffed and led away by the police, who tracked him down from clues left at the scene of the robbery.

Chart success

The single became Williams' fourth number-one hit in the United Kingdom and his second in New Zealand, it made its mark around Europe charting inside the top ten in most countries, the single went on to sell 70,186 in its first week in the United Kingdom, and overall sales exceeded the 340,000 copies being certified Silver by the BPI.[1][2]

Formats and track listings

These are the formats and track listings of major single releases of "Eternity/The Road to Mandalay".

UK CD
(Released July 9, 2001)

  1. "Eternity" - 5:02
  2. "The Road to Mandalay" - 3:57
  3. "Toxic" - 3:48

Charts

Chart (2001) Peak
position[3][4]
UK Singles Chart 1
New Zealand Singles Chart 1
Latvian Singles Chart 2
Danish Singles Chart 3
Italian Singles Chart 4
Belgian (Flanders) Singles Chart 6
German Singles Chart 7
Austrian Singles Chart 9
Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart 9
Swiss Singles Chart 10
Dutch Singles Chart 11
Swedish Singles Chart 34
French Singles Chart 45
Preceded by
"Another Chance" by Roger Sanchez
UK Singles Chart number one single
July 15, 2001 - July 28, 2001
Succeeded by
"Eternal Flame" by Atomic Kitten
Preceded by
"Eternal Flame" by Atomic Kitten
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart number one single
September 30, 2001
Succeeded by
"Because I Got High" by Afroman

References


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