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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 [[:Category:1980 Tour|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). The entire track, as well as lyrics transcribed to the best of our ability, are below.
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'[[Reason Man]]' is an early live-only song written by [[Vince Clarke]]<ref>Source: <i>[[BONG 15|BONG]]</i> magazine, issue 15, pg. 4</ref>. It is unknown why it does not appear on [[Speak & Spell]] as an album song or B-side. It was only performed during the [[:Category:1980 Tour|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.
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One of the [[Demos & Studio Pre-Mixes#Unknown Track (Demo)|untitled tracks]] on the [[Demos & Studio Pre-Mixes#Composition Of Sound demo tape|Composition Of Sound demo tape]] bears some musical resemblance to Reason Man.
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== Notes ==
 
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'Reason Man' is mentioned by [[Daryl Bamonte]] in ''BONG'' magazine, [[BONG 24|issue 24]] on pages 15 and 18, see below:
This track supposedly went on to become "Unmarked" by Yazoo.
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The track is mentioned by Daryl Bamonte in Bong Magazine, Issue 24 on pages 15 and 18, see below:
      
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== Lyrics ==
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{{Template:Lyrics|Reason Man|
As the available recording of this song is not the greatest, lyrics are difficult to transcribe. The below lyrics are not guaranteed to be accurate.
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<poem style="border: 2px solid #d6d2c5; background-color: #f9f4e6; padding: 1em;">
   
Not now, pressing tight
 
Not now, pressing tight
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Children run, the mothers cry
 
Children run, the mothers cry
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All my dreams are wasting now
 
All my dreams are wasting now
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No more reason, I see this now
 
No more reason, I see this now
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As I watch you from the road
 
As I watch you from the road
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My mind did open, the reason man
 
My mind did open, the reason man
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My mind did open, reason man
 
My mind did open, reason man
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Government amusement, there's something to say
 
Government amusement, there's something to say
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Propaganda, only today
 
Propaganda, only today
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They need someone known to hear
 
They need someone known to hear
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Manipulation is all to fear
 
Manipulation is all to fear
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Things were edging to the rise
 
Things were edging to the rise
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See him laughing, the reason man
 
See him laughing, the reason man
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See him laughing, reason man
 
See him laughing, reason man
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Everyone infected is paranoid
 
Everyone infected is paranoid
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Old before the time
 
Old before the time
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Blessed with the feeling we'll go grey
 
Blessed with the feeling we'll go grey
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Shadow monsters will feed the flame
 
Shadow monsters will feed the flame
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They're just calling, it's a rise
 
They're just calling, it's a rise
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Now he's sending, the reason man
 
Now he's sending, the reason man
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Now he's sending, reason man
 
Now he's sending, reason man
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|Vince Clarke (?)|No publishing information available.}}
    
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[[Category:Depeche Mode songs]]
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[[Category:Early live-only song]]
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[[Category:Songs not included on a Depeche Mode release]]
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[[Category:Live-only songs]]
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==References==

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