Two Minute Warning

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5. Two Minute Warning
List of Construction Time Again songs
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Two Minute Warning
Song Two Minute Warning
By Depeche Mode
Songwriter Alan Wilder
Produced by Daniel Miller
Depeche Mode
Recorded at The Garden (London)
Length (mm:ss) 4:13
Tempo 111 BPM
Time signature 4
Key G Minor
Engineered by Ferg Peterkin
Gareth Jones
Tonmeister Gareth Jones
Mixed at Hansa Mischraum
Mastered by Christian Stegmaier
Design Martyn Atkins
Town & Country Planning
Illustrations Ian Wright
Originally released 22 August 1983
Live performances as Depeche Mode 125 times *
Total live performances 125 times *

"Two Minute Warning" is a song from the 1983 album Construction Time Again by Depeche Mode.


Alan Wilder said in the Q&A on Shunt: "It was about the nuclear arms race of the eighties."


Two Minute Warning

We're lying by the orange sky

Two million miles across the land

Scattered to the highest high

Expect they'll either laugh or cry

No sex, no consequence, no sympathy

You're good enough to heat

Two minute warning

Two minutes later

When time has come

My days are numbered

The dawning of another year

Marks time for those who understand

One in four still here

While you and I go hand in hand

No radio, no sound, no sin, no sanctuary

So welcome to your last

The sun, the solitude, the cemetary

So welcome to your last

Songwriter: Alan Wilder
Publishing Information: ©1983 RCA Music Ltd. All rights reserved.

Live performances

Main article: Available recordings of "Two Minute Warning"
Main article: List of dates where "Two Minute Warning" was played