The Worst Crime

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Notes

Martin Gore told Classic Pop Magazine:

"Usually I don't talk about the songs too much but I will about this one a little bit. It's metaphorical and about climate change and us destroying the world, and how we are all guilty... so the lynching is us, we are all being lynched."

Martin also told The Quietus:

"[The Worst Crime] wasn't written for [Brexit] at all. For me, it’s a song about humanity hanging itself and the worst crime being the destruction of the planet, because there are so many crimes that we’re committing on a daily basis, but this is the worst crime because we are not just doing it to ourselves but we’re also doing it to future generations. And, like I say, we’ve had so much time to implement things, to put things right."

And he told El Comercio's Luces:

"Normally I do not speak about my songs, but for this one I will make an exception. 'The Worst Crime' is about the destruction of the environment. We are not only destroying it for those of us who live in the present. We are condemning the planet and the next generations, our children and our grandchildren. It seems simple to implement some measures to remedy it. However, we have an idiot like Trump in power, who does not even believe that this destruction is real. I cannot believe that some people think that this is not real. What's more, what I believe is that they purposely ignore that this is happening."

Dave said on Weekend Edition Sunday:

"Actually, this is one of my favorite songs on the album [Spirit]. It has a beautiful melody, but lyrically it's pretty slamming the way we divide each other, you know, and racial divides and kind of calling out to really question that, to kind of check yourself, me included, everybody else included. Like, where do you really stand? You know, what are the choices you're really making? Do you really love thy neighbor, all that kind of stuff? And are you willing to accept the differences? We just seem to be slipping backwards."

He also told Rolling Stone:

"The lyrics to 'Poison Heart' are more of an internal dialogue, but 'Worst Crime' is looking outward. It's bringing about the change. You've got to do something different or act differently. We can all talk about whatever is going on until we're blue in the face but you have to take real action, and sometimes we don't know what that looks like. Individually, I believe people are inherently good, but we're really distorted by the information we get and we act out on that information out of fear."

And he told Amazon:

"'Worst Crime' played out like I wanted it to get out and I think there's just something beautiful about that song. It's about a fear of being different, and "I will go with that, prove me right, I'm on the right side." That song may appear in a very sad way, but lyrically it really spoke to me. I really wanted to do that song justice, and I felt like that song really came out well."

Lyrics


The Worst Crime

There's a lynching in the square

You will have to join us

Everyone's going to be there

We're setting up the truss


Once there were solutions

Now we have no excuses

They got lost in confusion

So we're preparing the nooses


And oh we had so much time

How could we commit the worst crime


Blame misinformation

Misguided leaders

Apathetic hesitation

Uneducated readers


For whatever reason

We now find ourselves in this

We are all charged with treason

There is no one left to hiss


And oh we had so much time

How could we commit the worst crime


We're the judge and the jury

The hangman, the convict

It's too late for fury

Our indictment was handpicked


So step up to the gallows

And accept your sentence

For being so shallow

You must pay your penance


And oh we had so much time

How could we commit the worst crime


Songwriter: Martin L. Gore
Publishing Information: ©2015 Sony ATV Music Corp. and Grabbing Hands Music Ltd. All rights on behalf of itself and Grabbing Hands Music Ltd. admin. by Sony ATV Music Corp. (BMI). (USA). Published by Sony ATV Music Publishing Ltd Licensed by Grabbing Hands Music Ltd. (Rest Of The World)

Dates with available recordings of The Worst Crime

  • There are currently no recordings of The Worst Crime available to download.

Dates where The Worst Crime was played

2017-2018 Global Spirit Tour

  • The Worst Crime was not played during this tour.