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"Reason Man" is an early live-only song written by Vince Clarke. It is unknown why it does not appear on the Speak & Spell album 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.
'Reason Man' is mentioned by Daryl Bamonte in BONG magazine, issue 24 on pages 15 and 18, see below:
Full track sample
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 (?)
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- Main article: Available recordings of "Reason Man"
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