A Pain That I'm Used To

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A Pain That I'm Used To
Depeche Mode
Produced by
Recorded at
Sound Design (Santa Barbara)
Length (mm:ss)
4:11 (album version)
3:23 (radio edit 1)
3:27 (radio edit 2)
108 BPM
Time signature
B♭ Major
Dave McCracken
Richard Morris
Ben Hillier
Richard Morris
Mixing assistance
Devin Workman
Kt Rangnick
Emily Lazar
Mastering assistance
Sarah Register
Recording assistance
Nick Sevilla
Arjun Agerwala
Rudyard Lee Cullers
Devin Workman
Kt Rangnick
Art direction
Anton Corbijn
January - July 2005
Originally released
December 12, 2005
Played live
368 times *
Total live plays
368 times *

'A Pain That I'm Used To' is a song from the 2005 album Playing The Angel by Depeche Mode. It was released as a single on December 12, 2005.


Ben Hillier told Depeche-mode.com:

"Getting the verses of ['A Pain That I'm Used To'] right was really difficult. The choruses always worked very well, and the riff sections always worked very well. We had all sorts of things going on on the verse. We probably did 6 or 7 different versions of that before we settled on the final one. Not radically different versions, but yeah..."

Martin Gore and Andy Fletcher told the November 2005 of Keyboard magazine:

Martin: "[The analog bass in the intro] was one of the most difficult things to get right."

Andy: "That song did start in Santa Barbara. It went through lots of stages. We were settled on the basic arrangement — the 'siren' intro, then pulsating bass, then Dave comes in with the opening line — the rhythm just never seemed to groove properly. Otherwise, this may have been our easiest album to make other than Speak and Spell."

Ben Hillier told the same magazine:

"[The Voyetra-8 is] that bottom end on 'Pain I'm Used To.'"


A Pain That I'm Used To

I'm not sure

What I'm looking for anymore

I just know

That I'm harder to console

I don't see who I'm trying to be

Instead of me

But the key

Is a question of control

Can you say

What you're trying to play anyway

I just pay

While you're breaking all the rules

All the signs that I find

Have been underlined

Devils thrive on the drive

That is fuelled

All this running around

Well it's getting me down

Just give me a pain that I'm used to

I don't need to believe

All the dreams you conceive

You just need to achieve

Something that rings true

There's a hole in your soul

Like an animal

With no conscience

Repentance unknown

Close your eyes

Pay the price for your paradise

Devils feed on the seeds

That are sown

Can't conceal what I feel

What I know is real

No mistaking the faking

I care

With a prayer in the air

I will leave it there

On a note full of hope

Not despair

All this running around

Well it's getting me down

Just give me a pain that I'm used to

I don't need to believe

All the dreams you conceive

You just need to achieve

Something that rings true

Songwriter: Martin L. Gore
Publishing Information: ©2005 EMI Music Publishing Ltd., Assigned by Grabbing Hands Music Overseas Ltd. All rights reserved.

Music video

Dates with available recordings of A Pain That I'm Used To

There are currently 139 recordings of A Pain That I'm Used To available.

Dates where A Pain That I'm Used To was played

2005-2006 Touring The Angel

A Pain That I'm Used To was played 124 times during this tour.

2009-2010 Tour Of The Universe

  • A Pain That I'm Used To was not played during this tour.

2013-2014 Delta Machine Tour

A Pain That I'm Used To was played 106 times during this tour.

2017-2018 Global Spirit Tour

A Pain That I'm Used To was played 138 times during this tour.


  • 'A Pain That I'm Used To' was featured in season one episode fifteen of the Fox television series Bones.
  • A unique instrumental version featuring a cold outro ending on the "siren"-like musical part that omits the synth arpeggio that is present in other versions of the track was featured in a trailer for the 2010 Walt Disney film The Sorcerer's Apprentice starring Nicolas Cage.

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