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Monday, April 24, 2006

Depeche Mode on Contracts

It is only recently that I joined the modern world and purchased an iPod. 

So far I’ve been enjoying owning it, as it makes the car rides out to Long Island more bearable.

I’ve just finished the project of getting my CDs transferred into iTunes, and have been using the “shuffle” feature, which digs up the oddest juxtaposition of songs.  Sometimes you even forget that you owned a song, and then rediscover it suddenly.

Such was the case in the car today, when the song “Everything Counts” by Depeche Mode randomly came up on shuffle.  I’m dating myself a bit like this, but I used to listen to this particular CD a lot at the end of high school.  I was glad to encounter it again, as some of the synth pop from the 80s has held up, really remarkably well, considering that it's, er, synth pop.

Anyway, here are the lyrics, which I assume to be songwriter Martin Gore’s take on the recording industry:

The handshake
Seals the contract
From the contract
There’s no turning back
The turning point
Of a career
A career of being insincere
The holiday
Was fun packed
The contract
Still intact

The grabbing hands
Grab all they can
All for themselves
After all

It’s a competitive world
Everything counts in large amounts

The graph
On the wall
Tells the story
Of it all
Picture it now
See just how
The lies and deceit
Gained a little more power
Confidence
Taken in
By a sun tan
And a grin

The grabbing hands
Grab all they can
All for themselves
After all

It’s a competitive world
Everything counts in large amounts

The grabbing hands
Grab all they can
Everything counts in large amounts

[Miriam Cherry]

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