Walking In My Shoes

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Walking In My Shoes
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Song
Artist
Depeche Mode
Album
Songwriter
Produced by
Recorded at
Madrid, Spain
Chateau du Pape (Hamburg, Germany)
Label
Length (mm:ss)
5:35 (album version)
4:59 (single version)
Tempo
93 BPM
Time signature
4/4
Key
D Minor
Recorded
February 1992 – January 1993
Originally released
April 26, 1993
Played live
785 times *
Total live plays
870 times *

Notes

Martin Gore in Bong issue no. 37, 1998:

"If I really had to stick my neck out and choose my all time favourite song, it would probably be 'Walking In My Shoes'. I think it has a great melody – the words and the subject matter really complement each other perfectly. The instrumentation is also interesting."

Q&A from Alan Wilder's Shunt:

Xavi Martí: I'm fascinated with the darker-pretty-magical-elegant-emotive-cleanest-perfect sound of the DM song 'Walking in My Shoes'. What was the process you used to construct this song?

A: It was constructed using an unusual method for us, i.e. jamming together. Martin played the guitar, I played bass and we ran a rhythm machine - this was just to get the basic feel for the track - and after much trial and error, the chorus bass line and guitar pattern fell into place. From that point onwards, Flood and I began to construct the various drum loops, the string arrangements, the main riff (which combined a piano and harpsichord through a distorted guitar amp) and all the other bits and pieces. By contrast, the bass line for the verses was much more problematic and in fact didn't get written until the very last moment.

Alan Wilder said in the May 1993 issue of Keyboard magazine:

"The piano part at the beginning of 'Walking in my Shoes' was put through a guitar processor, which distorted it and made it more edgy. We added a harpsichord sample on top of that."

Lyrics


Walking In My Shoes

I would tell you about the things they put me through

The pain I've been subjected to

But the Lord himself would blush

The countless feasts laid at my feet

Forbidden fruits for me to eat

But I think your pulse would start to rush


Now I'm not looking for absolution

Forgiveness for the things I do

But before you come to any conclusions

Try walking in my shoes

Try walking in my shoes


You'll stumble in my footsteps

Keep the same appointments I kept

If you try walking in my shoes

If you try walking in my shoes


Morality would frown upon

Decency look down upon

The scapegoat fate's made of me

But I promise now, my judge and jurors

My intentions couldn't have been purer

My case is easy to see


I'm not looking for a clearer conscience

Peace of mind after what I've been through

And before we talk of any repentance

Try walking in my shoes

Try walking in my shoes


You'll stumble in my footsteps

Keep the same appointments I kept

If you try walking in my shoes

If you try walking in my shoes

Try walking in my shoes


Now I'm not looking for absolution

Forgiveness for the things I do

But before you come to any conclusions

Try walking in my shoes

Try walking in my shoes


You'll stumble in my footsteps

Keep the same appointments I kept

If you try walking in my shoes

You'll stumble in my footsteps

Keep the same appointments I kept

If you try walking in my shoes

Try walking in my shoes

If you try walking in my shoes

Try walking in my shoes


Songwriter: Martin L. Gore
Publishing Information: ©1992 Grabbing Hands Music Overseas/EMI Music Publishing Ltd. All rights reserved.

Dates with available recordings of Walking In My Shoes

There are currently 388 recordings of Walking In My Shoes available.

Dates where Walking In My Shoes was played

1993 Devotional Tour

Walking In My Shoes was played 97 times during this tour.

1994 Exotic Tour

Walking In My Shoes was played 60 times during this tour.

1997 Ultra Parties

  • Walking In My Shoes was not played during this tour.

1998 The Singles Tour

Walking In My Shoes was played 65 times during this tour.

2001 Exciter Tour

Walking In My Shoes was played 86 times during this tour.

2003 Paper Monsters Tour (Dave Gahan solo)

Walking In My Shoes was played 70 times during this tour.

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

Walking In My Shoes was played 8 times during this tour.

2005-2006 Touring The Angel

Walking In My Shoes was played 125 times during this tour.

2009-2010 Tour Of The Universe

Walking In My Shoes was played 105 times during this tour.

2013-2014 Delta Machine Tour

Walking In My Shoes was played 110 times during this tour.

2015 "Angels & Ghosts" Tour

Walking In My Shoes was played 7 times during this tour.

2017-2018 Global Spirit Tour

Walking In My Shoes was played 137 times during this tour.

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