Reason Man

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This song is assumed to have been written by Vince. It is unknown why it does not appear on "Speak & Spell" or as a B-side. It was only performed during the 1980 Tour, and only one relatively poor audience recording of this song exists from 1980-10-30 Bridge House, London, England, UK (which happens to be the earliest circulating genuine recording of Depeche Mode). A stream of the entire track, as well as lyrics transcribed to the best of our ability, are below.

This track supposedly went on to become "Unmarked" by Yazoo.

The track is mentioned by Daryl Bamonte in Bong Magazine, Issue 24 on pages 15 and 18, see below:

Full track sample

Lyrics

As the only currently available recording of this song is not the greatest, lyrics are difficult to transcribe. The below lyrics are not guaranteed to be accurate.

Not now, pressing tight
Children run, the mothers cry
All my dreams are wasting now
No more reason, I see this now
As I watch you from the road
My mind did open, the reason man
My mind did open, reason man

Government amusement, there's something to say
Propaganda, only today
They need someone known to hear
Manipulation is all to fear
Things were edging to the rise
See him laughing, the reason man
See him laughing, reason man

Everyone infected is paranoid
Old before the time
Blessed with the feeling we'll go grey
Shadow monsters will feed the flame
They're just calling, it's a rise
Now he's sending, the reason man
Now he's sending, reason man

Dates with available recordings of Reason Man

There is currently 1 recording of Reason Man available.

Dates where Reason Man was played

1980 Tour

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

1981 Tour

  • Reason Man was not played during this tour.

1982 See You Tour

  • Reason Man was not played during this tour.

1982-1983 A Broken Frame Tour

  • Reason Man was not played during this tour.

1983-1984 Construction Time Again Tour

  • Reason Man was not played during this tour.

1984-1985 Some Great Reward Tour

  • Reason Man was not played during this tour.

1986 Black Celebration Tour

  • Reason Man was not played during this tour.

1987-1988 Music For The Masses Tour

  • Reason Man was not played during this tour.

1990 World Violation Tour

  • Reason Man was not played during this tour.

1993 Devotional Tour

  • Reason Man was not played during this tour.

1994 Exotic Tour

  • Reason Man was not played during this tour.

1997 Ultra Parties

  • Reason Man was not played during this tour.

1998 The Singles Tour

  • Reason Man was not played during this tour.

2001 Exciter Tour

  • Reason Man was not played during this tour.

2003 Paper Monsters Tour (Dave Gahan solo)

  • Reason Man was not played during this tour.

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

  • Reason Man was not played during this tour.

2005-2006 Touring The Angel

  • Reason Man was not played during this tour.

2009-2010 Tour Of The Universe

  • Reason Man was not played during this tour.

2013-2014 Delta Machine Tour

  • Reason Man was not played during this tour.

2017-2018 Global Spirit Tour

  • Reason Man was not played during this tour.