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Martin Gore told Record Mirror in May 1985:

"[The song is] a kind of a joke. Cos I'm sure for instance if my mum looked at me now, she'd think 'what has [success] done to you?' And the actual style of the music was meant to be quite jokey, cos if you imagine after the initial New Romantic/Futurist thing, a lot of bands thought we can't make it playing this kind of music, so they all went into salsa, all those trends, trying to hit on something that might be successful. This was trying to combine all these jokey styles."




Can have strange effects


Can have strange effects

I ask myself

Is it a sin

To be flexible

When the boat comes in

Open the window and out go ideals


Can alter you


Can have strange effects, too

We all know boats don't last

We all know cars are fast

Songwriter: Martin L. Gore
Publishing Information: ©1985 Grabbing Hands Music Ltd/EMI Music Publishing Ltd. All rights reserved.

Dates where Flexible was played

Flexible has never been played live.