Song written by Ricky and Marty Wilde.
The song tells the story of a girl committing suicide by jumping off a bridge. It was the fourth track of the album Select and released as the second single from the album. It was Kim's fourth single to make the British top 40.
In the UK, the single was only released on 7" format. However, in Germany a 12" single was also made and distributed around Europe. This 12" single contained no special versions, it contained the same tracks as the 7" single.
In Japan, 'View from a bridge' was first released as A-side, but soon after the sides were swapped, and 'View from a bridge' was released as a B-side of Take me tonight, a song which apparently featured in the movie Shadow, directed by Dario Argento.
See also this page in the discography.
A music video was filmed to promote the single. It was directed by Brian Grant.
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Remix and re-recording
In 2001, the compilation album The very best of Kim Wilde included the RAW remix of View from a bridge.
In 2006, Kim included a new version called View from a bridge (2006) on her album Never say never.
The track has been covered by Ken and Chekov & Gagarin.
A Finnish translation called 'Kuin roskakertomus' was released by Meiju Suvas in 1982.
Marty Wilde about 'View from a bridge'
I don't know if any of you have ever travelled across the Forth Bridge, but it you have and you've ever stood in the middle of it when the mist is very low you will get more of a feeling of what the song is all about. That's how I pictured the song, a girl right in the middle of the bridge, in a raincoat, jumping off and disappearing into the fog.
Kim Wilde about 'View from a bridge'
We made a video for it. I remember when I first saw it, I didn't like the video at all. I remember turning around to the director and saying 'This is a bit of a disappointment'. There you go, I was completely wrong. It was a very good video. I was just very self-critical in those days. I guess when you're twenty-something that's what you do all the time, isn't it? (Kim Wilde 80er Show, RPR1 (Germany), June 17, 2015)
Highest chart positions
Germany: 6 (19 weeks)
Ireland: 16 (4 weeks)
Netherlands: 5 (8 weeks)
Sweden: 4 (12 weeks)
Switzerland: 2 (11 weeks)
United Kingdom: 16 (7 weeks)