Sacred

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Sacred
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Song Sacred
By Depeche Mode
Songwriter Martin L. Gore
Produced by Depeche Mode
Dave Bascombe
Daniel Miller
Recorded at Guillaume Tell (Paris)
Konk (London)
Length (mm:ss) 4:47
Tempo 120 BPM
Time signature 4
4
Key F♯ Major
Recorded February - July, 1987
Originally released 28 September 1987
Live performances 101 times *
Total live performances 101 times *

"Sacred" is a song from the 1987 album Music For The Masses by Depeche Mode.

Notes

Andy Fletcher told Képes 7 magazine (translated from Hungarian):

"Sacred is about love, about love as a creed."

Dave Bascombe told Vaughn George in April 2020:

"[I would change] details on 'Sacred', because I'm never happy with that. I had a monitor mix on that which I think I lost. Actually, it did resurface online as a cassette mix I had done, and that was much more how it should have been, and I tried too hard on this mix. And I remember thinking, "I can't get all these parts", and I remember saying to Martin, "I think I might have leave out some of these parts", and he wasn't happy about that. I hadn't mixed it correctly, and I had emphasised certain things, and that was inexperience. I think now I would know that I had gone off on a tangent a lot easier. We didn't refer to rough mixes in those days. It was only after the event when I found this [monitor mix] that I thought "That's what it should have sounded like". It can't describe really what I don't like about it, but it's not as gritty and glam as it should have been. [The monitor mix] is the better mix, guys. We probably did it in five minutes."

When Depeche Mode was interviewed about the songs on the '101' CD for the April 1989 issue of French magazine 'Best', Alan Wilder said (translated from French):

"It was not one of the tracks that worked best on stage. We could have improved it by working on it in the studio, but we preferred to mixing the live version quickly due to wanting to mix one song a day. Our goal was that the live version matches exactly what was performed at the concert. Hearing the audience throughout the songs was done deliberately. We did not want a live album like that of the Simple Minds, for example, which has been almost entirely redone in the studio. The only sounds of atmosphere that they kept were a few applauses, and some shouts left at the beginnings and ends of the songs. That's not live, it's studio-live."

Lyrics


Sacred

Sacred

Holy

To put it in words

To write it down

That is walking on hallowed ground

But it's my duty

I'm a missionary


So here is my confession

It's an obsession

I'm a firm believer

And a warm receiver

And I've made my decision

This is religion

There's no doubt

I'm one of the devout

Trying to sell the story

Of love's eternal glory


Spreading the news around the world

Taking the word to boys and girls

I'm a firm believer

And a warm receiver

And I will go down on my knees

When I see beauty

There's no doubt

I'm one of the devout

Trying to sell the story

Of love's eternal glory


Sacred

Holy

To put it in words

To write it down

That is walking on hallowed ground


Songwriter: Martin L. Gore
Publishing Information: ©1987 Grabbing Hands Music Ltd/EMI Music Publishing Ltd. All rights reserved.

Live performances

Main article: Available recordings of "Sacred"
Main article: List of dates where "Sacred" was played