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Dave Gahan told Billboard:

"We recorded ['Spirit'] during the [presidential election] campaign. We were recording during the time when Brexit was happening and when we finally got the news. A lot of change, a lot of "Really?"-type stuff happening. But it’s been going all around the world, and this separatism, "I've got to keep mine, and get out of my way," and all the stuff we've been hearing for years about the one percent -- "When are we going to see it trickle down?" It comes up in “Poorman” on this album."

Martin Gore told Drowned In Sound:

"'Poor Man' people could say, 'OK, how could you say that [as a rich man]? But I agree in paying taxes and I would be quite happy to pay higher taxes. I think huge multi-national corporations should be paying tax and they should be paying large amounts of tax; I don’t think it’s right to do a deal with a country and not pay tax."

Martin also told El Tiempo (translated from Spanish):

"I think 'Poorman' is definitely influenced by the blues, but I think in general this album is less "blues" than 'Delta Machine'. Maybe there's something "bluesy" in the way we write the lyrics."

Dates with available recordings of Poorman

  • There are currently no recordings of Poorman available to download.

Dates where Poorman was played

2017-2018 Global Spirit Tour

  • Poorman was not played during this tour.