In Chains

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Dave Gahan says in the 'Sounds Of The Universe' EPK:

"'In Chains' is another [song off the album] which I really like which I think is a classic soul song, its got that kind of feel about it, that it could have been something that Marvin Gaye performed, that kind of soul-y song, its got beautiful lyrics and it was great to sing, it was one of the most challenging songs for me to get where I wanted it to be vocally with my voice but we got there in the end."

Martin Gore told Keyboard magazine:

"I think it's in my warped head, there's something Stevie Wonder-like about 'Little Soul', like there's something Marvin Gaye-like about 'In Chains'. [...] I had a dream about the tuning up of the synths, as an orchestra tunes up. It so happened that 'In Chains' starts in the key of A minor. So we were able to start the beginning of the album with the A440 tuning tone from the Minimoog, and just recorded, gradually tuning a load of synths to that A. We thought that only real keyboard aficionados would recognize that initial, little click of the Minimoog [powering up], then the A440 going on."

And Martin Gore told newspaper Ouest France (translated from French):

"I dreamt of starting the album with the sound of an orchestra of synthesizers tuning up, like a classical orchestra before a concert. We translated this idea with an old Mini Moog. But the rest of the song is more inspired by soul. It's as if Marvin Gaye was singing with an electro band."

For the Remixes 81-11 release in 2011, former Depeche Mode member Alan Wilder was requested to produce a remix of a post-Songs Of Faith And Devotion song. Upon reviewing the stems from multiple songs, Wilder decided on In Chains, and would produce the In Chains (Alan Wilder Remix) over the course of two weeks in the French countryside.

Wilder states on the official website for the Recoil project:

"I have to say it was a tempting proposition to try and remix something for Depeche Mode after all these years, and I appreciated the gesture of being asked. It was requested that I choose something post-‘Songs of Faith & Devotion’ which proved an interesting experience, trying to choose a track from their more recent material, and a particular challenge since I had very little time to do the mix given I was stuck in technological limbo somewhere in the French countryside..!

To help me decide, I asked Mute to provide stems from several short-listed songs, so that I could listen to component parts and make a more informed decision. In the end I decided that ‘In Chains’ could maybe benefit most from the Wilder treatment, hopefully expanding the dynamics and overall power. I thought the song and the existing vocal performance was strong (even though Dave’s voice arrived with all its effects bounced together, so I was stuck with those).

The general experience was a bit weird and took me back to particular recording periods we spent together years before. I could imagine, through this process of listening to individual parts, how the original recording of ‘In Chains’ might have come together.

We ended up with two quite different versions of ‘In Chains’ and I’m happy with the results. I hope the fans will like them too."

Lyrics


In Chains

The way you move

Has got me yearning

The way you move

Has left me burning

I know you know what you're doing to me

I know my hands will never be free

I know what it's like to be

In chains


The way you move

Is meant to haunt me

The way you move

To tempt and taunt me

I know you knew on the day you were born

I know somehow I should have been warned

I know I walk every midnight till dawn

In chains


You've got me dying for you

It's you that I'm living through

You've got me praying to you

Saying to you

Anything you want me to

You've got me reaching for you

My soul's beseeching me to

You've got me singing to you

Bringing to you

Anything you ask me to


The way you move

Is mesmerising

The way you move

Is hypnotising

I know I crumble when you are around

Stutter, mumble, a pitiful sound

Stagger, stumble, shackled and bound

In chains


You've got me dying for you

It's you that I'm living through

You've got me praying to you

Saying to you

Anything you want me to

You've got me reaching for you

My soul's beseeching me too

You've got me singing to you

Bringing to you

Anything you ask me to


I'm in chains


In chains


Songwriter: Martin L. Gore
Publishing Information: ©2009 EMI Music Publishing Ltd licensed by Grabbing Hands Music Ltd All rights reserved.

Dates with available recordings of In Chains

There are currently 6 recordings of In Chains available.

Dates where In Chains was played

2009-2010 Tour Of The Universe

In Chains was played 102 times during this tour.

2013-2014 Delta Machine Tour

  • In Chains was not played during this tour.

2017-2018 Global Spirit Tour

  • In Chains was not played during this tour.