If You Want

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If You Want
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Song
Artist
Depeche Mode
Album
Songwriter
Produced by
Recorded at
Music Works (Highbury, London)
Hansa Mischraum (Berlin)
Label
Length (mm:ss)
4:40
Tempo
137 BPM
Time signature
4/4
Key
E♭ Major
Engineering assistance
Ben Ward
Stefi Marcus
Colin McMahon
Design
Martyn Atkins
David A. Jones
Marcx
Photography
Brian Griffin
Photography assistance
Stuart Graham
Recorded
January - August 1984
Originally released
September 24, 1984
Played live
81 times *
Total live plays
81 times *

Notes

From the November 1984 issue of International Musician And Recording World:

Alan: "We were doing this combination with Martin doing his Indian voice combined with a bassoon type sound."

Martin: [launches into his Indian voice] "It was pretty ethnic."

Lyrics


If You Want

Working week's come to its end

Party time is here again

Everyone can come if they want to

If you want to be with me

If you want to be with me

You can come with me if you want to


Exercise your basic right

We could build a building site

From the bricks of shame is built the hope

If you want to be with me

If you want to be with me

Even though you may still not want to


Let tomorrow and today

Bring a life of ecstacy

Wipe away your tears of confusion

If you want to be with me

If you want to be with me

You can come with me if you want to

Even though you may still not want to / Even though you still may not want to[1]


Songwriter: Alan Wilder
Publishing Information: ©1984 Grabbing Hands Music Ltd/EMI Music Publishing Ltd. All rights reserved.

Demo version

If You Want is the penultimate track on the 1984 album "Some Great Reward" and is the second track on Alan Wilder's 1984 "Some Great Reward" Demo Tape, which consists of four tracks. You can stream the entire demo track below, or download the entire four-track demo tape here.

Dates with available recordings of If You Want

There are currently 56 recordings of If You Want available.

Dates where If You Want was played

1984-1985 Some Great Reward Tour

If You Want was played 81 times during this tour.

1986 Black Celebration Tour

  • If You Want was not played during this tour.

1987-1988 Music For The Masses Tour

  • If You Want was not played during this tour.

1990 World Violation Tour

  • If You Want was not played during this tour.

1993 Devotional Tour

  • If You Want was not played during this tour.

1994 Exotic Tour

  • If You Want was not played during this tour.

1997 Ultra Parties

  • If You Want was not played during this tour.

1998 The Singles Tour

  • If You Want was not played during this tour.

2001 Exciter Tour

  • If You Want was not played during this tour.

2003 Paper Monsters Tour (Dave Gahan solo)

  • If You Want was not played during this tour.

2003 "A Night With Martin L. Gore" (Martin L. Gore solo)

  • If You Want was not played during this tour.

2005-2006 Touring The Angel

  • If You Want was not played during this tour.

2009-2010 Tour Of The Universe

  • If You Want was not played during this tour.

2013-2014 Delta Machine Tour

  • If You Want was not played during this tour.

2017-2018 Global Spirit Tour

  • If You Want was not played during this tour.

References

7. Master And Servant
8. If You Want
List of Some Great Reward songs
9. Blasphemous Rumours
  1. There is a single change in lyrics between the album and the demo versions in the last line of the song. The placement of the words "still" and "may" appear in sequence in the demo version, and are reversed in the album version.