Love In Itself

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List of Construction Time Again songs
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Love In Itself
Song Love In Itself
By Depeche Mode
Songwriter Martin L. Gore
Produced by Daniel Miller
Depeche Mode
Recorded at The Garden (London)
Length (mm:ss) 4:29 (album version)
4:00 (7"/single version)
7:18 (12" version)
Tempo 100 BPM
Time signature 4
Key D Minor
Engineered by Ferg Peterkin
Gareth Jones
Tonmeister Gareth Jones
Mixed at Hansa Mischraum
Mastered by Christian Stegmaier
Design Martyn Atkins
Town & Country Planning
Photography Brian Griffin
Illustrations Ian Wright
Originally released 19 September 1983
Live performances as Depeche Mode 47 times *
Total live performances 47 times *

"Love In Itself" is a song from the 1983 album Construction Time Again by Depeche Mode. It was released as a single on 19 September 1983.


In the 1983-08-20 issue of Sounds Magazine, Martin was asked:

Q: But what's meant by the lyric 'Love’s not enough in itself?'

Martin: "I think that's true – it's not!"

Q: But that sounds quite pessimistic, saying love can't conquer!

Martin: "But it's true, though I still think love is important."

Dave Gahan and Andrew Fletcher recalled the recording of 'Love In Itself' in an October 1985 interview with British magazine No. 1:

Gahan: "This is the s-s-s-s's track. It had a very soft vocal, with a lot of s's, it sounded awful. I was a bit disappointed with this, it could have been brilliant."
Fletcher: "We had a lot of problems with the equipment with this one, just trying to get that softness of sound we wanted without it all blurring was a real nightmare. It’s one that’s always good live, though."[1]

In this video in which the mastering process for the 2019 Singles box sets is explained, a test pressing can be seen that lists the song title "Cocktail" but is crossed out and replaced by the title "Love In Itself (4)".


Love In Itself

All of these insurmountable tasks

That lay before me

All of the firsts

And the definite lasts

That lay in store for me

There was a time

When all on my mind was love

Now I find

That most of the time

Love's not enough

In itself


I've a tendency

To be unhappy, you see

The thoughts in my head

All the words that were said

All the blues and the reds

Get to me

All of the absurdities

That lay before us

All of the doubts

And the uncertainties

That lay in store for us

Songwriter: Martin L. Gore
Publishing Information: ©1983 Grabbing Hands Music Ltd/EMI Music Publishing Ltd. All rights reserved.

Music video

Martin Gore 1983 home demos

The second generation tape that contains the demo for 'Love In Itself'.

'Love In Itself' was one of several song demos prepared by Martin Gore for the 1983 Construction Time Again album.

Live performances

Main article: Available recordings of "Love In Itself"
Main article: List of dates where "Love In Itself" was played


1981-1985: Dreaming Of MeNew LifeJust Can't Get EnoughSee YouThe Meaning Of Love
Leave In SilenceGet The Balance RightEverything CountsLove In ItselfPeople Are PeopleMaster And ServantBlasphemous Rumours / SomebodyShake The DiseaseIt's Called A Heart
1986-1989: StrippedBut Not TonightA Question Of LustA Question Of TimeStrangelove
Never Let Me Down AgainBehind The WheelLittle 15Personal Jesus
1990-1998: Enjoy The SilencePolicy Of TruthWorld In My EyesI Feel YouWalking In My ShoesCondemnationIn Your RoomBarrel Of A GunIt's No GoodHomeUseless
Only When I Lose Myself
2001-2009: Dream OnI Feel LovedFreeloveGoodnight LoversPreciousA Pain That I'm Used To
Suffer WellJohn The Revelator / LilianMartyrWrongPeaceFragile Tension / Hole To Feed
2013-2017: HeavenSoothe My SoulShould Be HigherWhere's The RevolutionGoing Backwards
Cover Me
2023: Ghosts Again
1992-1998: Faith HealerDriftingStalker / Missing Piece
2000-2008: Strange HoursJezebelPreyAllelujah
2003-2008: Dirty Sticky FloorsI Need YouBottle Living / Hold OnA Little PieceKingdomSaw Something / Deeper And Deeper
2012-2015: Longest DayTake Me Back HomeAll Of This And NothingShine
1989-2003: CompulsionStardustLoverman
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Official releases