Mike & The Mechanics – The Living Years – Official Music Video. A ballad written by Mike Rutherford (a founding member of Genesis) and B. A. Robertson, was released in December 1988 as the second single from their album, Living Years. It hit number 1 spot on the singles charts in Australia, Canada, Ireland, Japan and on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the U.S. and reached #2 on the Official Singles Chart in the U.K. The song was covered many times – for example by Alabama, Michael Ball, Engelbert Humperdinck and James Last.