Long Time Lie

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Notes

This song is a collaboration between Martin Gore and Dave Gahan.

Dave Gahan told Spinner:

"He motioned toward me, 'What do you think?' and I was like, 'It's cool.' Ben [Hillier], who's producing the record, said, 'I think Martin was trying to see if you're interested in writing anything to that.' I just let it absorb into me for a few days. I came up with something and recorded it, and Martin seemed very happy."

Martin told Sonic Seducer magazine (translated):

"This time it really felt like a proper collaboration, even though we weren't together in the studio when we wrote it. I first wrote a slower instrumental track, but Ben [Hillier] thought that it would be a good idea if Dave were to add lyrics and melodies to it. So that's what he did, and during a recording session I took it with me and reconstructed the instrumental part around it. But it feels more as though we have created the song together."

Lyrics


Long Time Lie

It's been a while since you did something

Not so long since you complained

You sit around here doing nothing

Every day


You're the coward who points the finger

I understand that I'm helping you

You have delusions in some spaced-out fantasy

That's what you do


He loves to wallow in the glory

Loves to cut you down to size

Try to make you believe in all of his lies


It's been a long, long, long, long, long, long, time

It's been a long, long, long, long, long, long, time

A long time lie


Don't you ever look in the mirror

Don't you know there's so much more

Locked up inside that box behind your door


All your twisted conversations

When you're sitting all alone

Just remember we know your secret

While you moan


He loves to wallow in the glory

Loves to cut you down to size

Try to make you believe in all of his lies

It's been a long, long, long, long, long, long, time

It's been a long, long, long, long, long, long, time

A long time lie


Songwriter: Dave Gahan / Martin L. Gore
Publishing Information: ©2013 EMI Blackwood Music Inc. o/b/o itself, / Grabbing Hands Music Ltd., and / JJSR Productions Inc. (BMI). All rights reserved.

Dates where Long Time Lie was played

Long Time Lie has never been played live.