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Martin Gore explained the meaning behind this song to (translated from German):

"Well, my private life is pretty crappy. I'm about to divorce my wife, the situation has been going on for sixteen months. My life is certainly not a walk in the park. I also have three children. And 'Precious', the single, is a song that describes exactly this situation. But there are other divorce songs on 'Playing The Angel'. 'Precious' is about how my children cope with the divorce - which isn't very well. But the song ends with the verse "I know you learned to trust / keep faith in both of us". All of our songs, even the most depressive ones, contain hope."

Ben Hillier described the recording of song to HOME before it was released:

"The two [songs on 'Playing The Angel'] that are closest to the demos are 'Precious' and 'Macro'. Those two are pretty close to the demos. Apart from that, everything else kinda changed quite a lot really. I mean, both of those demos were absolutely excellent, especially 'Precious', I thought that was really good but it just needed to have a bit more dynamic and sort of drive to it."

Martin Gore told the November 2005 of Keyboard magazine:

"The main [piano] motif that goes throughout 'Precious' was on the demo, and remained intact for the version on the record."

Dates with available recordings of Precious

There are currently 30 recordings of Precious available.

Dates where Precious was played

2005-2006 Touring The Angel

Precious was played 125 times during this tour.

2009-2010 Tour Of The Universe

Precious was played 102 times during this tour.

2013-2014 Delta Machine Tour

Precious was played 107 times during this tour.

2017-2018 Global Spirit Tour

Precious was played 68 times during this tour.