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


Reason Man

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


Songwriter: Vince Clarke (?)
Publishing Information: No publishing information available.

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.