The Bottom Line

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9. Freestate
10. The Bottom Line
List of Ultra songs
11. Insight
The Bottom Line
Song The Bottom Line
By Depeche Mode
Songwriter Martin L. Gore
Produced by Depeche Mode
Tim Simenon
Recorded at Abbey Road
RAK (London)
Electric Lady (New York City)
Larrabee West (Los Angeles)
Length (mm:ss) 4:26
Tempo 134 BPM
Time signature 4
Key D♭ Major
Programmed by Kerry Hopwood
Engineered by Q
Engineering assistance Paul Hicks
Guy Massey
Lee Fitzgerald
Tom Rixton
Gary Forde
Lee Phillips
Jamie Campbell
Audie Chamberlain
Robbie Kazandjian
Mixed by Tim Simenon
Mastered by Mike Marsh
Keyboards Dave Clayton
Pedal steel guitar B.J. Cole
Vocal coach Evelyn Halus
Art direction Anton Corbijn
Colour prints Brian Dowling
Sleeve design Area
Recorded January, 1996 - February, 1997
Originally released 14 April 1997
Live performances as Depeche Mode 22 times *
Total live performances 22 times *

"The Bottom Line" is a song from the 1997 album Ultra by Depeche Mode.


The Bottom Line

Like a cat dragged in from the rain

Who goes straight back out

To do it all over again

I'll be back for more

It's something that is out of our hands

Something we will never understand

It's a hidden law

The apple falls

Destiny calls

I follow you

Like a pawn on the eternal board

Who's never quite sure

What he's moved towards

I walk blindly on

And heaven is in front of me

Your heaven beckons me enticingly

When I arrive, it's gone

The river flows

The wise man knows

I follow you

I'm yearning

I'm burning

I feel love's wheels turning

Like a moth on love's bright light

I will get burned each and every night

I'm dying to(o)

The sun will shine

The bottom line

I follow you

Songwriter: Martin L. Gore
Publishing Information: ©1997 Grabbing Hands Music Ltd/EMI Music Publishing Ltd. All rights reserved.

Live performances

Main article: Available recordings of "The Bottom Line"
Main article: List of dates where "The Bottom Line" was played