World In My Eyes

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World In My Eyes
Song World In My Eyes
By Depeche Mode
Songwriter Martin L. Gore
Produced by Depeche Mode
Recorded at Logic Studios, Milan
Puk Studios, Denmark
The Church, London
Length (mm:ss) 4:26 (album version)
4:00 (single edit)
Tempo 122 BPM
Time signature 4
Key B♭ Minor
Engineering assistance Daryl Bamonte
Dick Meaney
David Browne
Mark Flannery
Mixed by François Kevorkian
Recorded 1989-1990
Originally released 17 September 1990
Live performances as Depeche Mode 623 times *
Total live performances 623 times *

"World In My Eyes" is a song from the 1990 album Violator by Depeche Mode. It was released as a single on 2 September 1990.


Martin Gore says in the 17 February 1990 issue of NME:

Stuart Maconie: On the opening track "World In My Eyes" you seem to be saying 'Just for this moment pleasure and gratification are all that matters'. It's almost like (deep breath) existentialism.

Martin Gore: Yes, and it’s a very positive song. It's saying that love and sex and pleasure are positive things.

Gore described the evolution of the studio recording of "World In My Eyes" in BONG magazine issue 37:

I remember the original demo of "World In My Eyes" being slightly faster and maybe slightly more obvious. While we were recording it in Milan, Dave was going away for a couple of days, so we worked on it and turned it into this really moody piece. I can remember Dave arriving back in the studio, slightly jet-lagged and being totally shocked, thinking that we just ruined the song, but half a day later he came back and said 'That's really good, the way it's turned out'. It always takes a while to get used to things.[1]

Alan Wilder explains in an editorial on Shunt, the official Recoil website:

"World In My Eyes" had in fact been recorded very early on during the Milan session and, perhaps for this reason, displayed familiar Depeche elements linking it with previous albums. It was completed in London and with its 'drop' 3rd verse and use of vocal double-tracking to fill out and build the later choruses, was probably the most 'electro' sounding track on the LP - something of a homage to Kraftwerk, in a rhythmical sense at least. Laughing in the face of criticism that electronic music was 'soulless' and would only appeal to a small eclectic audience, its success exhibited one of Depeche Mode's most fundamental philosophies.[2]

2006 remaster engineer Kevin Paul explained in a November 2007 interview for Sound On Sound magazine:

I had about 20 or 30 different tapes for "World In My Eyes" and I had to get them all to sync up and try to find the missing sounds. There is a snare-drum drop which is reversed — completely flipped. It wasn't on any of the tapes and it turned out it was most likely to have been done on an Akai with an Atari, run wild, so that was something Roger [Johnson] had to do. He had to find the sample and flip it and get the sound back. Everything then was backed up on floppy disks which now no-one can ever work. It is nigh-on an impossibility to get them to work as they did back then.[3]

Andrew Fletcher explains in a 2017 interview for Hotmix Radio: "For me, ["World In My Eyes"] really shows how we've managed to have all these people from different countries all over the world together, liking Depeche Mode."[4]


World In My Eyes

Let me take you on a trip

Around the world and back

And you won't have to move

You just sit still

Now let your mind do the walking

And let my body do the talking

Let me show you the world in my eyes

I'll take you to the highest mountain

To the depths of the deepest sea

And we won't need a map

Believe me

Now let my body do the moving

And let my hands do the soothing

Let me show you the world in my eyes

That's all there is

Nothing more than you can feel now

That's all there is

Let me put you on a ship

On a long, long trip

Your lips close to my lips

All the islands in the ocean

All the heaven's in motion

Let me show you the world in my eyes

That's all there is

Nothing more than you can touch now

That's all there is

Let me show you the world in my eyes

Songwriter: Martin L. Gore
Publishing Information: ©1990 Grabbing Hands Music Ltd/EMI Music Publishing Ltd. All rights reserved.

Music video

Live performances

Main article: Available recordings of "World In My Eyes"
Main article: List of dates where "World In My Eyes" was played


  • The arrangement used for "World In My Eyes" as it was performed on the first half of the World Violation tour was dropped in favour of a new arrangement, which saw use from 1990-10-14 Festhalle, Frankfurt, Germany til the end of the tour.
  • "World In My Eyes" has been sampled in the following songs by other artists:
    • "Don't You Wanna Come?" - Kyper (1992)
    • "Versatylin' Stylin" - The Next School (1990)
  • "World In My Eyes" has been covered by Simbolo, The Cure, China-Touch, Inscape feat. DJ Worlock, Ákos, Sonata Artica, Running With Scissors, Mikro, Insular, Acylum, Rockabye Baby!, and Chateau Pop.

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1986-1989: StrippedBut Not TonightA Question Of LustA Question Of TimeStrangeloveNever Let Me Down AgainBehind The WheelLittle 15Route 66Personal Jesus
1990-1999: Enjoy The SilencePolicy of TruthWorld In My EyesI Feel YouWalking In My ShoesCondemnationIn Your RoomBarrel Of A GunIt's No GoodHomeUselessOnly When I Lose Myself
2000-2009: Dream OnI Feel LovedFreeloveGoodnight LoversPreciousA Pain That I'm Used ToSuffer WellJohn the RevelatorLilianMartyrWrongPeaceFragile TensionHole To Feed
2010-2017: HeavenSoothe My SoulShould Be HigherWhere's The RevolutionGoing BackwardsCover Me
1992-1998: Faith HealerDriftingStalkerMissing Piece
2000-2008: Strange HoursJezebelPreyAllelujah
2003-2008: Dirty Sticky FloorsI Need YouBottle LivingHold OnA Little PieceKingdomSaw SomethingDeeper And Deeper
2012-2015: Longest DayTake Me Back HomeAll Of This And NothingShine
1989-2003: CompulsionStardustLoverman
2012: SpockSingle BlipAftermaths


  1. BONG - issue 37, pg. 19.
  2. Source: A Recoil Retrospective > Violator - Shunt
  3. Source: Remixing Depeche Mode In Surround - Sound On Sound - November 2007
  4. Source: Les Instants Privilégiés - Hotmix Radio.