Suffer Well

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Suffer Well
Depeche Mode
Produced by
Recorded at
Sound Design (Santa Barbara)
Length (mm:ss)
131 BPM
Time signature
E Minor
Dave McCracken
Richard Morris
Original programming
Ben Hillier
Richard Morris
Mixing assistance
Devin Workman
Kt Rangnick
Emily Lazar
Mastering assistance
Sarah Register
Recording assistance
Nick Sevilla
Arjun Agerwala
Rudyard Lee Cullers
Devin Workman
Kt Rangnick
Art direction
Anton Corbijn
January - July 2005
Originally released
March 27, 2006
Played live
124 times *
Total live plays
124 times *

'Suffer Well' is a song from the 2005 album Playing The Angel and is the first Depeche Mode single to have been written by Dave Gahan. It was released as a single on March 27, 2006.


Dave Gahan told The Wave Magazine in 2005:

"There's a song I wrote on the new album called 'Suffer Well'. When it started out, it was a much slower song and we just decided to go in a really pop way with it. Which is a contrast to what it’s saying lyrically, which is: Suffer well, because whatever it is you’re suffering, if you suffer well enough, you won’t have to suffer anymore. It’s something that was said to me a long time ago, which I did not understand. A guy who was sitting with me and had a lot more experience in life – an older gentleman – said, 'You know, David, suffer well.' And I was like, 'What the fuck are you talking about? Thanks a lot, man!' It came back to me a few years ago, what he was really saying: Suffer well, and if you suffer well enough, you can move on."

Dave Gahan told M6's TV show 'Focus Rock' in October 2007:

"I really like 'Suffer Well' actually, [the music video is] fun. And that was was quite a challenge to make, there. The song is about, in, what you believe to be suffering, is where you grow and learn about yourself. Sometimes it's difficult, if you really wanna grow. So once a friend of mine said to me years ago, when I was complaining about life or whatever, my life, he said to me very calmly, "You know David, just suffer well." And I was so angry, I was like... But years later, it made sense, it made a lot of sense."

When Ben Hillier was asked in 2017 how much 'Suffer Well' has been changed from the demo, he replied:

"From what I can remember, we sped it up a bit and put the drum groove on. I think Martin came up with guitar riff but it may have been on the demo and he also tweaked the chords in the chorus. Dave kept working on the vocals up to the last minute to get them just right."


Suffer Well

Where were you when I fell from grace

A frozen heart an empty space

Something's changed and it's in your eyes

Please don't speak you'll only lie

I found treasure not where I thought

Peace of mind can't be bought

Still I believe

Just hang on

Suffer well

Sometimes it's hard

It's hard to tell

An angel led me when I was blind

I said take me back I've changed my mind

Now I believe

From the blackest room I was torn

You called my name my love was born

So I believe

Just hang on

Suffer well

Sometimes it's hard

It's hard to tell

Songwriter: Dave Gahan / Christian Eigner / Andrew Phillpott
Publishing Information: ©2005 JJSR Productions Inc. / Universal Music Publishing Ltd. All rights reserved.

Music video

Dates with available recordings of Suffer Well

There are currently 95 recordings of Suffer Well available.

Dates where Suffer Well was played

2005-2006 Touring The Angel

Suffer Well was played 124 times during this tour.

2009-2010 Tour Of The Universe

  • Suffer Well was not played during this tour.

2013-2014 Delta Machine Tour

  • Suffer Well was not played during this tour.

2017-2018 Global Spirit Tour

  • Suffer Well was not played during this tour.

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