Policy Of Truth

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6. Enjoy The Silence
7. Policy Of Truth
List of Violator songs
8. Blue Dress
Policy Of Truth
Depeche Mode
Produced by
Recorded at
Puk Studios, Denmark
The Church, London
Axis, New York
Length (mm:ss)
4:55 (album version)
5:09 (single version)
114 BPM
Time signature
A♭ Major
Engineering assistance
Daryl Bamonte
Dick Meaney
David Browne
Mark Flannery
1989 – 1990
Originally released
May 7, 1990
Played live
560 times *
Total live plays
622 times *

'Policy Of Truth' is a song from the 1990 album Violator by Depeche Mode. It was released as a single on May 7, 1990.


Martin Gore in Bong issue no. 37, 1998:

"It has been one of my all time favourite songs that we’ve ever recorded. I really like the words to it and the whole concept of having to lie to keep up appearances – maybe it’s better to do that. I just really like the whole subject matter of the song. I like the Terry Hoax version or the one by Dishwalla from the tribute album, which is another rock version. I just like the fact that, sometimes the potential of the songs is seen when they are performed in a more conventional format. I think a lot of the time, the songs are overlooked, disregarded or not taken seriously because of the instrumentation we’ve used."

Q&A from Alan Wilder's Shunt:

Thierry: How did you create the intro melody sound of 'Policy Of Truth' (also used on 'Halo', if I'm not mad...)?

A: It's a single note sampled from a guitar and then looped and played from a keyboard. The loop is what gives it the vibrato effect.

Alan Wilder also says on Shunt:

With 'Policy [Of Truth]' it took forever to find a lead riff sound which worked. We even tried a flute at one point!

He elaborated on it in his '86 - 98' editorial:

Recorded initially during the Puk sessions, 'Policy' went through many changes before being almost completely re-recorded at The Church. "Usually this would signify problems with a song although in this case we knew it was a strong track, not least a potential single. The main riff of the song proved such a problem to get a sound for and we must have tried 100 different variations before settling on what had become perhaps the sound of the album - slide guitar."

He continues:

"The Puk period was much more prolific and although some tracks like 'Clean' and 'Policy Of Truth' went through many guises before the final versions were settled upon, we had the most productive and enjoyable time."


Policy Of Truth

You had something to hide

Should have hidden it, shouldn't you

Now you're not satisfied

With what you're being put through

It's just time to pay the price

For not listening to advice

And deciding in your youth

On the policy of truth

Things could be so different now

It used to be so civilised

You will always wonder how

It could have been if you only lied

It's too late to change events

It's time to face the consequence

For delivering the proof

In the policy of truth

Never again is what you swore

The time before

Never again is what you swore

The time before

Now you're standing there tongue tied

You'd better learn your lesson well

Hide what you have to hide

And tell what you have to tell

You'll see your problems multiplied

If you continually decide

To faithfully pursue

The policy of truth

Never again is what you swore

The time before

Never again is what you swore

The time before

Songwriter: Martin L. Gore
Publishing Information: ©1990 Grabbing Hands Music Ltd/EMI Music Publishing Ltd. All rights reserved.

Music video

Dates with available recordings of Policy Of Truth

There are currently 387 recordings of Policy Of Truth available.

Dates where Policy Of Truth was played

1990 World Violation Tour

Policy Of Truth was played 88 times during this tour.

1993 Devotional Tour

Policy Of Truth was played 97 times during this tour.

1994 Exotic Tour

Policy Of Truth was played 24 times during this tour.

1997 Ultra Parties

  • Policy Of Truth was not played during this tour.

1998 The Singles Tour

Policy Of Truth was played 65 times during this tour.

2001 Exciter Tour

  • Policy Of Truth was not played during this tour.

2003 Paper Monsters Tour (Dave Gahan solo)

Policy Of Truth was played 62 times during this tour.

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

  • Policy Of Truth was not played during this tour.

2005-2006 Touring The Angel

Policy Of Truth was played 77 times during this tour.

2009-2010 Tour Of The Universe

Policy Of Truth was played 98 times during this tour.

2013-2014 Delta Machine Tour

Policy Of Truth was played 101 times during this tour.

2017-2018 Global Spirit Tour

Policy Of Truth was played 10 times during this tour.


  • 'Policy Of Truth' has been covered by Terry Hoax (1992), Mog Stunt Team (1996), Dishwalla (1998), Rémember (2001), Hineon (2002), Vincent Venet (2002), Pat MacDonald (2003), The Pathfinder (2003), St. Petersburg Ska-Jazz Review (2005), 16Stitch (2005), Sylvain Chauveau and Ensemble Nocturne (2005), Yeah! (2005), Disown (2005), Diefenbach (2006), Path of Resistance (2007), Automob (2008), AK47 (Steven Rowe) feat. Angie Soft (2009), Brixtonboogie (2009), Trapt (2012), Rockabye Baby! (2012), Matt Nida feat. Lisa Schumann (2014), Music Box Mania (2014), and Chateau Pop (2017).
  • 'Policy Of Truth' has been sampled in the following songs and remixes by Depeche Mode and other artists:
    • 'Useless (The Kruder + Dorfmeister Session)' - Depeche Mode (1997)
    • 'Going for Broke' - Coach Roebuck (2011)

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