New Life

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1. New Life
List of Speak & Spell songs
2. I Sometimes Wish I Was Dead
New Life
Single-NewLife.jpg
Song
Artist
Depeche Mode
Album
Songwriter
Produced by
Recorded at
Blackwing Studios (London)
Label
Length (mm:ss)
3:43 (album version)
3:58 (12")
Tempo
158 BPM
Time signature
4/4
Key
G Major
Engineering
Eric Radcliffe
John Fryer
Originally released
May 29, 1981
Played live
235 times *
Total live plays
235 times *

'New Life' is a song from the 1981 album Speak & Spell by Depeche Mode. It was released as a single on June 13, 1981.

Notes

In the 1982-01-22 issue of Smash Hits:

Andy Fletcher: "Words were never Vince [Clarke]'s strong point. As a matter of fact, we were sometimes quite embarrassed by his stuff! We didn't understand a lot of his songs. He’d never tell us what they were about!"

Dave Gahan: "I remember walking through town in Basildon one night and I saw these two girls following along behind me. I knew they'd recognised me. And they start singing, [high-pitched squeak] 'I stand still stepping on a shady street'. And I start walking a bit faster, turns me collar up like this! And then... [wails] 'And I watch that man to a stranger.' And I'm thinking: 'Oh no, this is embarrassing! Do they understand these lyrics?! Perhaps they do and we don't!"

Lyrics


New Life

I stand still stepping on the shady streets

And I watched that man to a stranger

You think you only know me when you turn on the light

Now the room is lit, red danger


Complicating, circulating

New life, new life

Operating, generating

New life, new life


Transitions to another place

So the time will pass more slowly

Features fuse and your shadow's red

Like a film I've seen now show me


Your face is hidden and we're out of sight

And the road just leads to nowhere

The stranger in the door is the same as before

So the question answers nowhere


I stand still stepping on the shady streets

And I watched that man to a stranger

You think you only know me when you turn on the light

Now the room is lit, red danger


Songwriter: Vince Clarke
Publishing Information: ©1981 Musical Moments Ltd./Sony Music Publishing Ltd.. All rights reserved.

Dates with available recordings of New Life

There are currently 129 recordings of New Life available.

Dates where New Life was played

1980 Tour

To the best of our knowledge, New Life is confirmed to have been played 2 times during this tour, at the below concerts.

1981 Tour

New Life was played 22 times during this tour.

1982 See You Tour

New Life was played 39 times during this tour.

1982-1983 A Broken Frame Tour

New Life was played 47 times during this tour.

1983-1984 Construction Time Again Tour

New Life was played 48 times during this tour.

1984-1985 Some Great Reward Tour

New Life was played 77 times during this tour.

1986 Black Celebration Tour

  • New Life was not played during this tour.

1987-1988 Music For The Masses Tour

  • New Life was not played during this tour.

1990 World Violation Tour

  • New Life was not played during this tour.

1993 Devotional Tour

  • New Life was not played during this tour.

1994 Exotic Tour

  • New Life was not played during this tour.

1997 Ultra Parties

  • New Life was not played during this tour.

1998 The Singles Tour

  • New Life was not played during this tour.

2001 Exciter Tour

  • New Life was not played during this tour.

2003 Paper Monsters Tour (Dave Gahan solo)

  • New Life was not played during this tour.

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

  • New Life was not played during this tour.

2005-2006 Touring The Angel

  • New Life was not played during this tour.

2009-2010 Tour Of The Universe

  • New Life was not played during this tour.

2013-2014 Delta Machine Tour

  • New Life was not played during this tour.

2017-2018 Global Spirit Tour

  • New Life was not played during this tour.


1981-1985: Dreaming of MeNew LifeJust Can't Get EnoughSee YouThe Meaning Of LoveLeave in SilenceGet The Balance Right!Everything CountsLove In ItselfPeople Are PeopleMaster And ServantBlasphemous RumoursSomebodyShake The DiseaseIt's Called A Heart
1986-1989: StrippedBut Not TonightA Question Of LustA Question Of TimeStrangeloveNever Let Me Down AgainBehind The WheelLittle 15Route 66Personal Jesus
1990-1999: Enjoy The SilencePolicy of TruthWorld In My EyesI Feel YouWalking In My ShoesCondemnationIn Your RoomBarrel Of A GunIt's No GoodHomeUselessOnly When I Lose Myself
2000-2009: Dream OnI Feel LovedFreeloveGoodnight LoversPreciousA Pain That I'm Used ToSuffer WellJohn the RevelatorLilianMartyrWrongPeaceFragile TensionHole To Feed
2010-2017: HeavenSoothe My SoulWhere's The RevolutionGoing BackwardsCover Me
1992-1998: Faith HealerDriftingStalkerMissing Piece
2000-2008: Strange HoursJezebelPreyAllelujah
2003-2008: Dirty Sticky FloorsI Need YouBottle LivingHold OnA Little PieceKingdomSaw SomethingDeeper And Deeper
2012-2015: Longest DayTake Me Back HomeAll Of This And NothingShine
1989-2003: CompulsionStardustLoverman
2012: SpockSingle BlipAftermaths