The Meaning Of Love

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7. The Meaning Of Love
List of A Broken Frame songs
8. A Photograph Of You
The Meaning Of Love
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Song
Artist
Depeche Mode
Album
Songwriter
Produced by
Recorded at
Blackwing Studios (London)
Label
Length (mm:ss)
3:05 (7"/single/album version)
4:59 (12" version)
Tempo
150 BPM
Time signature
4/4
Key
C Major
Engineering
John Fryer
Eric Radcliffe
Photography
Brian Griffin
Calligraphy
Ching Ching Lee
Recorded
December 1981 - April 1982
Originally released
April 26, 1982
Played live
134 times *
Total live plays
134 times *

'The Meaning Of Love' is a song from the 1982 album A Broken Frame by Depeche Mode. It was released as a single on April 26, 1982.

Notes

Daniel Miller said in the May 1982 issue of magazine Electronics & Music Maker:

"There's a new song called 'The Meaning of Love' which, when Martin presented it, was very basic so we worked out a bass line on the [Roland] MC4 but while they were playing along with it Martin did this little riff, so we just edited a space in the MC4's memory and inserted it. This means that you can work out the structure of a song and get it exactly right without having to put it down on to tape and then you don't have to mess around with tape editing at a later date."

An excerpt in the November 1982 issue of One Two Testing magazine:

One of the challenges they recently faced was making a 12" version of 'Meaning Of Love' - a trickier business than it sounds. Some tracks are easy to extend - riffs and runs can be lifted, echoed, patched together into middle sections while the rhythm track keeps going. Straight songs are harder to work with. You can extend the end or the beginning, Dave reckons, but after that you're on your own. They decided to augment 'Meaning Of Love' with a 'Stars On 45' chord change that spins out of nowhere, and plenty of weird percussive noises. "It was a good laugh, but some of our fans wrote in saying what was wrong with our new records. They were going a bit strange."

Lyrics


The Meaning Of Love

I've read more than a hundred books

Seeing love mentioned many thousand times

But despite all the places I've looked

It's still no clearer

It's just not enough

I'm still no nearer

The meaning of love


Noted down all my observations

Spent an evening watching television

Still I couldn't say with precision

Know it's a feeling and it comes from above

But what's the meaning

The meaning of love

Tell me (the meaning of love)


From the notes that I've made so far

Love seems something like wanting a scar

Well I could be wrong

I'm just not sure you see

I've never been in love before


Next I asked several friends of mine

If they could spare a few minutes of their time

Their looks suggested that I've lost my mind

Tell me the answer

My Lord high above

Tell me the meaning

The meaning of love


From the notes that I've made so far

Love seems something like wanting a scar

Well I could be wrong

I'm just not sure you see

I've never been in love before


The meaning of love

(Tell me)

Tell me the meaning of love

(Tell me)


Songwriter: Martin L. Gore
Publishing Information: ©1982 Grabbing Hands Music Ltd/EMI Music Publishing Ltd. All rights reserved.

Music video

Dates with available recordings of The Meaning Of Love

There are currently 64 recordings of The Meaning Of Love available.

Dates where The Meaning Of Love was played

1982 See You Tour

The Meaning Of Love was played 38 times during this tour.

1982-1983 A Broken Frame Tour

The Meaning Of Love was played 49 times during this tour.

1983-1984 Construction Time Again Tour

The Meaning Of Love was played 47 times during this tour.

1984-1985 Some Great Reward Tour

  • The Meaning Of Love was not played during this tour.

1986 Black Celebration Tour

  • The Meaning Of Love was not played during this tour.

1987-1988 Music For The Masses Tour

  • The Meaning Of Love was not played during this tour.

1990 World Violation Tour

  • The Meaning Of Love was not played during this tour.

1993 Devotional Tour

  • The Meaning Of Love was not played during this tour.

1994 Exotic Tour

  • The Meaning Of Love was not played during this tour.

1997 Ultra Parties

  • The Meaning Of Love was not played during this tour.

1998 The Singles Tour

  • The Meaning Of Love was not played during this tour.

2001 Exciter Tour

  • The Meaning Of Love was not played during this tour.

2003 Paper Monsters Tour (Dave Gahan solo)

  • The Meaning Of Love was not played during this tour.

2003 "A Night With Martin L. Gore" (Martin L. Gore solo)

  • The Meaning Of Love was not played during this tour.

2005-2006 Touring The Angel

  • The Meaning Of Love was not played during this tour.

2009-2010 Tour Of The Universe

  • The Meaning Of Love was not played during this tour.

2013-2014 Delta Machine Tour

  • The Meaning Of Love was not played during this tour.


2017-2018 Global Spirit Tour

  • The Meaning Of Love was not played during this tour.


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