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Depeche Mode — Policy of Truth
Album: Violator
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Released: 1990
Length: 4:51
Plays (last 30 days): 3
You had something to hide
Should have hidden it, shouldn't you
Now you're not satisfied
With what you're being put through

It's just time to pay the price
For not listening to advice
And deciding in your youth
On the policy of truth

Things could be so different now
It used to be so civilized
You will always wonder how
It could have been if you'd only lied

It's too late to change events
It's time to face the consequence
For delivering the proof
In the policy of truth

Never again
Is what you swore
The time before
Never again
Is what you swore
The time before

Now you're standing there tongue tied
You'd better learn your lesson well
Hide what you have to hide
And tell what you have to tell
You'll see your problems multiplied
If you continually decide
To faithfully pursue
The policy of truth

Never again
Is what you swore
The time before
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"Never again
Is what you swore
The time before"

timeless
 jas1776 wrote:

"Never again
Is what you swore
The time before"

One of top 10 lyrics of all time.



And Bill plays 'Too Rolling Stoned' just before this song.

Long live RP.
"Never again
Is what you swore
The time before"

One of top 10 lyrics of all time.
Brilliant time warp back to my 20’s and living in England during “Now that’s what I call music, Vol… 1…?” Maybe later-who cares-brilliant!
 ChrisVIII wrote:

They are so repetitive... Their songs sound all the same to me and they are never-ending !!! I don't understand why they are so admired and loved... 



Have you never gone out dancing?!?
This song, almost more than any other, reminds me of something that happened to me in the fall of 1993. This song was blasted over and over again mountain biking outside of Colorado Springs on some trail skirting the edge of a mountain lake, rimmed with yellow Aspens at their peak. Finding it today rockets me back to a time just before my son was born.
From Dylan to Radiohead to the OJ's on to Depeche Mode : >
R.P you guys get an A+ for Good Taste and discernment!

This Saturday set has been SOOOOO Enjoyable!
Top!
One of the best songs of DM
I've been rediscovering this album lately.  Great production. I think it shows the 'just right' use of synthesizers. 

Very 80's (ok, it came out in 90) but also very timeless.
This album was released in Soviet Union - Russia in 1991 with greаt success.
Great Album.....Top 100 of All Time.....
 unclehud wrote:
Why do I visualize Goths whenever I hear these guys?
It's from my Goth daze... Ie when I had enough hair to do the 2 step to...
I just lost 4 minutes and 51 seconds of work time. Thanks!
I'm not the biggest fan of synth music, but these guys have an excellent portfolio of fantastic songs, love their music, hard to believe they've been producing for decades! Or maybe it's just hard to believe that I'm so much older....
Thanks for this! Have always loved Depeche Mode.
Nice bass line and repeating motifs.
 Great song, great album!!

                   
 ChrisVIII wrote:
They are so repetitive... Their songs sound all the same to me and they are never-ending !!! I don't understand why they are so admired and loved... 
 
You don't understand songs, you feel them. And if this doesn't do it for you, so be it. This band has always been at the very top throughout my life., when it comes to feeling a song.
Yeeeeeeah!  {#Dancingbanana_2}
935 Lies: The Future of Truth and the Decline of America’s Moral Integrity (2014).  Charles Lewis (journalist)

do love Depeche Mode  : )
They are so repetitive... Their songs sound all the same to me and they are never-ending !!! I don't understand why they are so admired and loved... 
Acknowledging that I mention this at every opportunity, I always urge serious DM fans to find a way to listen to the 5.1 mixes that were released as part of the European market re-releases in 2004/2005. If you think Violator and other albums kick ass in stereo, wait until you hear them well mixed in surround. It makes for a tremendously engaging listening experience. 
 meatmike wrote:
My favorite Depeche Mode song!
 
From their best record (IMO)
My favorite Depeche Mode song!
I've seen multiple ads here on NYC TV for their upcoming "Spirit" tour. An unusual big media buy.  Maybe I don't pay a lot of attention, but I seldom see that here for music acts.  
I saw them in Bercy PARIS in 1990. The greatest concert i have never seen !!!
Image result for social distortion gif
{#Bounce}
{#Dancingbanana_2}{#Crown}
 DD rabbi_phil wrote:
policies of truth don't always work out well.... as i once 'splained to a then soon to be (ex)-grlfrnd...." ok,so i like your sister better...whats the problem ?"....   still have a mean scar from the airborne ashtray

 

Oh the tales you have told sir! The wrathful passions you have bestirred in scorn-ed damsels, the ladies of song you have stalked, the permanent restraining orders festooned in heavy garlands 'round your gate! Casanova! Will you not tread lighter down the primrose path of love?

I am convinced that you are the Hunter S. Thompson of rabbis.  {#Notworthy}
 alux wrote:
Well, that's why I wasn't appreciating Depeche Mode properly.  Didn't have my headphones turned up loud enough.  Much better now.  

 
Heh, try seeing them live!!
Liked it when it came out, and I still like it. Much better than much of what was on the radio at the time. The lyrics have that inevitable feeling I associate with quality.
 
Reminds me of why I hate 90% of 80's music...........thanks {#Eh}

Edit: 1990?  I guess they managed to stretch the "yuck" factor in to the 90's barely {#Roflol}
{#Cool}
Well, that's why I wasn't appreciating Depeche Mode properly.  Didn't have my headphones turned up loud enough.  Much better now.  
 DD rabbi_phil wrote:
policies of truth don't always work out well.... as i once 'splained to a then soon to be (ex)-grlfrnd...." ok,so i like your sister better...whats the problem ?"....   still have a mean scar from the airborne ashtray

 
{#Roflol}
Such a GREAT album!
 horseplayer wrote:
You know how sometimes you don't like a song or band at first, but over time it grows on you?

This is not one of those times.

Funny
You know how sometimes you don't like a song or band at first, but over time it grows on you?

This is not one of those times.
Had a pint with them in a pub next door to the gig venue in 1982. Nice lads. 'New Life' was never bettered.
Totally fulfilling. Thank you, RP! 
Still on the DM countdown for their new album release and 2013 tour. Chills!
Absolutely love this song....and Depeche Mode :)
 
oil painting 4 sure                .......................................(not the album cover)
policies of truth don't always work out well.... as i once 'splained to a then soon to be (ex)-grlfrnd...." ok,so i like your sister better...whats the problem ?"....   still have a mean scar from the airborne ashtray
I like the instrumental breaks in this song. Rather powerful overall. Not a HUGE fan of everything...but I do like this very much!
 1wolfy wrote:
And we're still waiting for some Truth..  sorry, no pictures of Bomber and Biden a_genuine_find wrote:
 
It's an Obama Nation.

Say it aloud fast 3 times.
(I support Barry.  It is a funny right-wing joke though.)


And we're still waiting for some Truth..  sorry, no pictures of Bomber and Biden a_genuine_find wrote:
Policy of Truth

Never again
is what you swore
the time before
(2004?)
 



Just to reach the magic 96....

:)


This song + coffee = good morning!
 unclehud wrote:
Why do I visualize Goths whenever I hear these guys?
 
Because, strangely enough, DM are exponents of Goth, or rather electro-goth. Their depressive, agonised lyrics replete with religious imagery and themes are distinctively Goth, as Goth as the Sisters or the Neph but with a poppy danceable beat. To my shame I dismissed them in the 80s as disposable electro-pop and have only got into them properly in recent years, not uncoincidentally when I started listening to RP. So thanks to RP for helping me rediscover this group. An easy 9 from the (closet Goth) Nottingham jury.


I have to say that I'm always sort of amazed at the love Depeche Mode gets around RP. Though I'm not a fan, well, more power to 'em.{#Whistle}

 DaveInVA wrote:
Depressed Mode, yetch
Well go listen to something happy then. Maybe something by Barney the Dinosaur...

 That_SOB wrote:

So these are the writers for Depeche Mode . Wow, I'd swear they look like someone's
perverted uncle(s). That guy on the left ? He sure looks like he just went through a sex change (not that that's bad.) So, did they have the same mother, or father ? Is it just a rumor that they were attached at the head prior to a surgical separation? Was it successful ? Are they signifying how many times in their life the got laid ? So, what do they have to smile about ?
 Neither has a father

Good tune.


Woo Hoo!  Depeche Mode! 

{#High-five}

Depressed Mode, yetch
 a_genuine_find wrote:
Policy of Truth

Never again
is what you swore
the time before
(2004?)
 
So these are the writers for Depeche Mode . Wow, I'd swear they look like someone's
perverted uncle(s). That guy on the left ? He sure looks like he just went through a sex change (not that that's bad.) So, did they have the same mother, or father ? Is it just a rumor that they were attached at the head prior to a surgical separation? Was it successful ? Are they signifying how many times in their life the got laid ? So, what do they have to smile about ?
Here in Canada we have a federal government that lies constantly. They don't follow the Policy of Truth. {#Sad}

This is one of Depeche Modes better songs, I hate it!{#Puke}
 unclehud wrote:
Why do I visualize Goths whenever I hear these guys?
 

Because you wasted your youth playing dungeons and dragons when you should have been studying piano so you could front your own band and make millions?

Just guessing.  I could be wrong.
Why do I visualize Goths whenever I hear these guys?
 On_The_Beach wrote:
Duran Pet Shop Boys Duran
 
Moron Listen Closer Moron

MUTE. Ah, sounds so much better now.
 1wolfy wrote:
provocative lyrics
 
Never again
Is what you swore
The time before
Never again
Is what you swore
The time before

{#Yes}

This song reminds me of a girl I used to date in HS.
Policy of Truth Never again is what you swore the time before (2004?)
There is a song in this album that is absolutely great. It is "Clean". Check it out!
On_The_Beach wrote:
Duran Pet Shop Boys Duran
:stupid: Ridiculous.
On_The_Beach wrote:
Duran Pet Shop Boys Duran
Not even close.
vandal wrote:
:think: Hmmm. . . I think you have that backwards. . .
Oh, you mean his real name is Petty Tom? Got it... :wink:
provocative lyrics
I was playing this disk in my car on the way to the office this morning. On the freeway at 85 (eat your hearts out all you guys in L.A., Texas has better and faster freeway traffic) ... sunglasses on heading into the sun ..... sipping coffee tapping your foot on the floorboards ..... THIS is driving music ........... :cool:
Duran Pet Shop Boys Duran
It is so nice to hear these guys on the radio :)
I used to love this album. Almost forgot about it...great stuff
Nice segue from PF, Bill. I do love this song... and Depeche. I don't get all the hate aimed toward them. :angel:
I'm always surprised how well Depeche Mode holds up over time compared to other music that I liked at that time. You can't deny that it's great stuff. I like it almost as much now as I did back then.
I was about to say that it was rather cruel of Bill to place Depeche Mode after Pink Floyd, but this song has more legs than I originally gave it credit for.
what does tom petty have to do with anything? I read back in all the posts and I don't get it?
10
I don't understand why someone would care what Tom Petty likes or doesn't like.
a little over played but still good,but there are other tracks id like better.... peace out :nyah:
Fade spacey PF-Empty Spaces-enter DM big drum intro. dramatic.
mattt wrote:
He can't sing more than three notes, but he can hear them. Heh. Cheap shot. There's actually a lot of Petty stuff I like.
funny . . . :lol:
Pipes wrote:
Maybe it's because Tom Petty can hear more than just 3 notes.
He can't sing more than three notes, but he can hear them. Heh. Cheap shot. There's actually a lot of Petty stuff I like.
How to "Depeche"? Please say true how? Is song fly for?
a favorite D.M. song. love it. and love them.
Pipes wrote:
Maybe it's because Tom Petty can hear more than just 3 notes.
:think: Hmmm. . . I think you have that backwards. . .
snarf wrote:
Depeche Mode can't understand what makes Tom Petty hate Depeche Mode. Help them understand.
Maybe it's because Tom Petty can hear more than just 3 notes.
PURE GOLD
MrsAustin wrote:
This song intro is one of my favorites ever. It sounds so incredible cranked on the stereo. I really love the song, but I think that the beginning is so much stronger than the bridge, that seems to fall off into the abyss.
The intro is nice but I think the bridge is actually the defining part of the song.
Orgasmic! Seriously, that's what I call that fade! To go from PF's Young Lust to DM's Policy of Truth. That was simply... :music: orgasmic. BIll, I worship at the feet of your statue. :notworthy: I am not worthy! :notworthy:
snarf wrote:
Depeche Mode can't understand what makes Tom Petty hate Depeche Mode. Help them understand.
I don't understand :stupid: I love this...and hate Tom Petty
This song intro is one of my favorites ever. It sounds so incredible cranked on the stereo. I really love the song, but I think that the beginning is so much stronger than the bridge, that seems to fall off into the abyss.
ONE OF THE BEST DM SONGS FOR PROBABLY THE BEST DM ALBUM!!!
bajafisher wrote:
we want some KMFDM,
:yes:
snarf wrote:
Depeche Mode can't understand what makes Tom Petty hate Depeche Mode. Help them understand.
OK, I'll bite: People are People.
I have always really liked this one!!! :bounce:
snarf wrote:
Depeche Mode can't understand what makes Tom Petty hate Depeche Mode. Help them understand.
So do I. Hate them. Petty is right.
great_one wrote:
Tom Petty hates Depeche Mode! :evil:
Depeche Mode can't understand what makes Tom Petty hate Depeche Mode. Help them understand.
One of the best DM albums to date. All the tracks are great. But this one make the listener think about actions and consequences. Awesome.
This is one of this overrated band's VERY good songs.
Pumpin' track this! This isn't going to convert the DM haters, though. As much as I love this song, I must say that the synth line sounds a bit dated and cheesy now. Possibly the only sound effect from Violator that hasn't aged very well. There was also a great cover of this by some rock band (can't recall their name) in the early 90s. (I don't mean the cover by Dishwalla on the DM tribute album.)
masters of synth pop. their stuff has actually aged really well, and ya know what that means. they were ahead of their time.
Always thought this song was incredible....
So in a mere two songs we go from pretentious '70s prog rock to plain old bad '80s crap that can't even be bothered to be pretentious. Uggh!
ksb wrote:
The monotone vocals, rhythms devoid of feeling (aka drum machines), cheezy synth sounds. This one is the best of a very bad lot, I give it a 2.
Oh, come on, don't say you didn't wear balloon pants in the late 80's/early 90's, I've seen the pictures! LOL I love DM despite them sounding like "techno pop disco" -- I like them because their music's sexy!
we want some KMFDM,
Pipes wrote:
:lol: Glad you're back, Pipes..... have missed your DM slams!
mojoman wrote:
Exhibit A from the "What Were We Thinking?" Decade.
beelzebubba wrote:
INSTANT CLUB HIT (YOU'LL DANCE TO ANYTHING) -Dead Milkmen, Bucky Fellini
Beelzebubba, this is hands-down the most inspired post you've ever done. No sarcasm, no flippancy, just well-deserved applause.
We need some Depeche Mode-B-Gone.
Nikk0 wrote:
Hey, I like Tom Petty, DM's 'Violator' is one of my all-time favorite albums, and I listen to a lot of "Lilith Fair crap". I wonder what's wrong with me. :D
QUARANTINE THIS VILLAIN (unless she's kidding...)
INSTANT CLUB HIT (YOU'LL DANCE TO ANYTHING) you'll dance to anything you'll dance to anything you'll dance to anything you'll dance to anything oh, baby, look at you don't you look like siouxsie sioux? how long'd it take to get that way what a terrible waste of energy you wear black clothes say you're poetic the sad truth is you're just pathetic get into the groove stay out of my way i came here to drink not to get laid so why don't you just go on home if you want to moan you'll have to moan alone you'll dance to anything you'll dance to anything don't try to tell me that you're an intellectual cause you're just another boring bisexual "i met andy warhol at a really chic party" blow it out your hair-do 'cause you work at hardees eighty pounds of make up on your art school skin eighty points of i.q. located within know what you are? you're a bunch of ... artfags! artfags! artfags! artfags! artfags! artfags! artfags! artfags! choke on this you dance-a-teria types! you'll dance to anything by the communards you'll dance to anything by book of love you'll dance to anything by the smiths you'll dance to anything by depeche commode you'll dance to anything by public image limited you'll dance to anything by naked truth you'll dance to anything by any bunch of stupid europeans who come over here with their big hairdos intent on taking our money instead of giving your cash, where it belongs, to a decent american artist like myself! you'll dance to anything! -Dead Milkmen, Bucky Fellini
OUCH!
Exhibit A from the "What Were We Thinking?" Decade.
Broken_Ear wrote:
Ja, wir Deutschen lieben nun mal diese Band! Kritik ist ein Sakrileg! means: Germans love this band, doesn't matter what you play
Oh maybe that explains why I like a song that so many others seem to hate. It must be my German heritage :lol: