Going Backwards

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Going Backwards
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Song
Artist
Depeche Mode
Album
Songwriter
Produced by
Recorded at
Sound Design (Santa Barbara)
Jungle City (New York)
Label
Columbia
Mute Records
Length (mm:ss)
5:43
Tempo
97 BPM
Time signature
4/4
Key
B Minor
Programming
Matrixxman
Kurt Uenala
Engineering
Jimmy Robertson
Mixing assistance
Brendan Morawski
Mastering
Brian Lucey
Studio assistance
Connor Long
Óscar Muñoz
David Schaeman
Brendan Morawski
Drums
Art direction
Design
SMEL
Recorded
April - August, 2016
Originally released
June 23, 2017
Played live
136 times *
Total live plays
136 times *

'Going Backwards' is a song from the 2017 album Spirit by Depeche Mode. It was released as a single on June 23, 2017.

Notes

Martin Gore told Amazon:

"An album starts taking shape, for me, really, when you have about four songs together, and we had gone down a cynical path. And I thought, "Okay well, maybe I just gotta go with this." Well as I said, it was definitely one of the first songs that I had written, and I think it was actually one of the first songs that we had started working on in the studio. And I think that from an early point we all deep down knew that it would be the first track on the album, so it was an important track. Even though we never regarded it as a single or anything like that, it was more of a statement."

When Neue Zürcher Zeitung hypothesised that "'Going Backwards' is about a civilizational regression where society and technology are developing as fast as never before", Martin Gore replied:

"Yes, but that's just a reason for decay. I have long believed that new technologies would bring the world together - the world would be united by them. We were all enthusiastic about the Arab Spring, when people started organising themselves with social media and fought for their freedom. But then everything went wrong: the Middle East seems to be falling apart."

Dave Gahan told Rolling Stone:

"If we want things to change, a revolution, we need to talk about it and about caring about what goes on in the world. It doesn't seem the way things are in London. We seem to be going in another direction, and I think Martin felt like he needed to express that [with 'Going Backwards']."

Hotmix radio asked Andy Fletcher about his favourite song of 'Spirit', and he replied:

"I think it would be '[Going] Backwards'. I don't know why. I've never really given it enough attention, because I do like 'Cover Me' as well, but we open our set with 'Backwards', and it really sounds good."

Lyrics


Going Backwards

We are not there yet

We have not evolved

We have no respect

We have lost control


We're going backwards

Ignoring the realities

Going backwards

Are you counting all the casualties


We are not there yet

Where we need to be

We are still in debt

To our insanities


We're going backwards

Turning back our history

Going backwards

Piling on the misery


We can track it all with satellites

See it all in plain sight

Watch men die in real time

But we have nothing inside

We feel nothing inside


We are not there yet

We have lost our soul

The course has been set

We're digging our own hole


We're going backwards

Armed with new technology

Going backwards

To a caveman mentality


We can emulate on consoles

Killings we can control

With senses that have been dulled

Because there's nothing inside

We feel nothing inside


We feel nothing inside (we feel nothing)

Nothing inside


We feel nothing inside (we feel nothing)

Nothing inside


Because there's nothing inside


Songwriter: Martin L. Gore
Publishing Information: ©2015 Sony ATV Music Corp. and Grabbing Hands Music Ltd. All rights on behalf of itself and Grabbing Hands Music Ltd. admin. by Sony ATV Music Corp. (BMI). (USA). Published by Sony ATV Music Publishing Ltd Licensed by Grabbing Hands Music Ltd. (Rest Of The World)

Music video

Dates with available recordings of Going Backwards

There are currently 33 recordings of Going Backwards available.

Dates where Going Backwards was played

2017-2018 Global Spirit Tour

Going Backwards was played 136 times during this tour.


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