Song Lyric Sunday #33

What do I have in my archives in response to Jim Adams’ prompt for this week’s Song Lyric Sunday Challenge which is Hop/Jump/Leap/ Pounce/Spring? I know, what about Heaven by Depeche Mode, an English electronic music band formed in Basildon in 1980 consisting of Dave Gahan (lead vocals and co-songwriting), Martin Gore (keyboards, guitar, co-lead vocals and main songwriting) and Andy Fletcher (keyboards).

Depeche Mode released their debut album, Speak & Spell, in 1981, bringing the band onto the British new wave scene. The band’s last albums of the 1980s, Black Celebration and Music for the Masses, established them as a dominant force within the electronic music scene.

In early 1990, they released Violator, an international mainstream success. The following album Songs of Faith and Devotion, released in 1993, was also a success, though the band’s internal struggles during recording and touring resulted in Wilder’s departure in 1995.

Depeche Mode have had 54 songs in the UK Singles Chart and 17 Top 10 albums in the UK chart; they have sold more than 100 million records worldwide. They were were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2020.

Heaven was released in early 2013 bas the lead single from the band’s 13th studio album, Delta Machine (2013) and their 50th UK single. Gahan said that it was released as a digital download worldwide on iTunes and Amazon because:

Being an electronic band, primarily, you can really experiment a lot and the songs take on different arrangements, tempos, feels, before we find something. The song we found to drive this record was the single ‘Heaven’. It was like a shot in the arm. I was like, ‘Ahh, I can’t wait to sing that song.

Written by Martin L. Gore and produced by Ben Hillier. In June 2013, the single was certified gold by the Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana, denoting downloads exceeding 15,000 units in Italy. In the UK, by contrast, the single reached #60, the first initial single from a Depeche Mode album to fail to reach the UK Top 40.

The music video sees Depeche Mode performing the track, while a tree and a masked couple appear before them. The clip was directed by Timothy Saccenti and shot at The Marigny Opera House, a former Catholic Church in the Faubourg Marigny in New Orleans in November 2012. The video’s look was inspired by Terence Malick’s 2011 film The Tree of Life.

Lyrics: Heaven

Sometimes I slide away
I slowly lose myself
Over and over
Take comfort in my skin
Surrender to my will
Forever and ever
I dissolve in trust
I will sing with joy
I will end up dust
I’m in heaven
I stand in golden rays
I burn a fire of love
Over and over
Reflecting endless light
I have embraced the flame
Forever and ever
I will scream The Word
Jump into the void
I will guide the world
Up to heaven
Songwriters: Martin Gore
Heaven lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group

Challenge Rules

  • Post the lyrics to the song of your choice, whether it fits the theme or not. If it does not fit, then please explain why you chose this song.
  • Please try to include the songwriter(s) – it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due.
  • Make sure you also credit the singer/band and if you desire you can provide a link to where you found the lyrics.
  • Link to the YouTube video, or pull it into your post so others can listen to the song.
  • Ping back to Jim’s post or place your link in his comments section.
  • Read at least one other person’s blog, so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process.
  • Feel free to suggest future prompts.
  • Most of all, have fun and enjoy the music.

5 Comments on “Song Lyric Sunday #33

  1. Pingback: Musical Monday: Depeche Mode – View from the Back

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