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2. More Than A Party
3. Pipeline
List of Construction Time Again songs
4. Everything Counts
Song Pipeline
By Depeche Mode
Songwriter Martin L. Gore
Produced by Daniel Miller
Depeche Mode
Recorded at The Garden (London)
Length (mm:ss) 5:54
Tempo 81 BPM
Time signature 4
Key B Minor
Engineered by Ferg Peterkin
Gareth Jones
Tonmeister Gareth Jones
Mixed at Hansa Mischraum
Mastered by Christian Stegmaier
Design Martyn Atkins
Town & Country Planning
Illustrations Ian Wright
Originally released 22 August 1983
Live performances as Depeche Mode 109 times *
Total live performances 109 times *

"Pipeline" is a song from the 1983 album Construction Time Again by Depeche Mode.


Andy Fletcher told the 1984-01-07 issue of Melody Maker:

"We went down Brick Lane and just hit everything and then recorded it and took it back to the studio and then put it into the keyboard. That's how we made the track 'Pipeline'. We was like smashing corrugated iron and old cars. The vocals were recorded in a railway arch in Shoreditch - you've got the train three-quarters of the way through and the aeroplane up above. It's really interesting doing that."

Dave Gahan also told the 1983-08-20 issue of Sounds:

"Well 'Pipeline' was very experimental in that every sound on there has been made from us just out on the street hitting things, recording it and playing it back in different ways – like, even the vocal was recorded in a tunnel!"



Get out the crane

Construction time again

What is it this time

We're laying a pipeline

Let the beads of sweat flow

Until the ends have met though

Could take a long time

Working on the pipeline

Taking from the greedy

Giving to the needy

On this golden day

Work's been sent our way

That could last a lifetime

Working on the pipeline

From the heart of our land

To the mouth of the man

Must reach him sometime

We're laying a pipeline

Taking from the greedy

Giving to the needy

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

Martin Gore 1983 home demos

The second generation tape that contains the demo for 'Pipeline'.

'Pipeline' is one of several song demos prepared by Martin Gore for the 1983 Construction Time Again album.

Live performances

Main article: Available recordings of "Pipeline"
Main article: List of dates where "Pipeline" was played