RELEASE DATE
28th November 1988 (Germany), 28th November 1988 (UK), TBC 1988 (USA)

CHART POSITIONS
2 (UK) / 18 (DE) / 73 (USA)

TRACKLISTINGS

7″ SINGLES:

UK & GERMANY

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MUTE93 (UK) / INT 111.870 (DE)
A – Stop! (Fade Ending) [2:55]
B – Knocking On Your Door [2:57]

UK & GERMANY

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EMUTE93 (UK) / INT 111.871 (DE)
A1 – Stop! (Fade Ending) [2:55]
A2 – The Hardest Part [3:40]
B1 – Knocking On Your Door [2:57]
B2 – She Won’t Be Home [3:28]

USA
This single was packaged in a plain bag.
Sire 22879-7 (USA)
A – Stop! (Fade Ending) [2:55]
B – Ship of Fools (LP Version) [4:01]

12″ SINGLES:

UK & GERMANY

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12MUTE93 (UK) / INT 126.901 (DE)
Stop! (Cold Ending) [3:03]
The Hardest Part (12″ Mix) [5:07]
Knocking On Your Door (12″ Mix) [3:59]
She Won’t Be Home [3:28]

UK & GERMANY

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L12MUTE93 (UK) / INT 126.902 (DE)
Stop! (12″ Remix) [5:47]
Knocking On Your Door (12″ Remix) [6:07]
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen [3:12]

USA

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Sire 25904-1 (USA)
Stop! (Fade Ending) [2:55]
The Hardest Part [3:40]
Stop! (12″ Remix) [5:47]
Knocking On Your Door [2:57]
She Won’t Be Home [3:28]
Knocking On Your Door (12″ Remix) [6:07]

CASSETTE SINGLES:

USA

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Sire 22879-4 (USA)
Stop! (7″ Version) [2:55]
Ship of Fools (LP Version) [4:01]

USA

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Sire 25904-4 (USA)
Stop! (Fade Ending) [2:55]
The Hardest Part [3:40]
Stop! (12″ Remix) [5:47]
Knocking On Your Door [2:57]
She Won’t Be Home [3:28]
Knocking On Your Door (12″ Remix) [6:07]

CD SINGLE:

UK & GERMANY

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CDMUTE93 (UK) & INT 826.901 (DE)
Stop! (Cold Ending) [3:03]
The Hardest Part (12″ Mix) [5:07]
Knocking On Your Door (12″ Remix) [6:07]
She Won’t Be Home [3:28]

UK & GERMANY

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LCDMUTE93 (UK) & INT 826.902 (DE)
Stop! (12″ Remix) [5:47]
Knocking On Your Door (12″ Remix) [6:07]
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen [3:12]

USA

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Sire 25904-2 (USA)
Stop! (Fade Ending) [2:55]
The Hardest Part [3:40]
Stop! (12″ Remix) [5:47]
Knocking On Your Door [2:57]
She Won’t Be Home [3:28]
Knocking On Your Door (12″ Remix) [6:07]


VIDEO

Directed by Peter Christopherson for Aubrey Powell Productions.

NOTES
The Limited Edition CD (LCDMUTE93) was released in a special envelope, containing the CD, a postcard and an address sticker. A mispressing of LCDMUTE93 – featuring ‘Stop! (Cold Ending)’, ‘Knocking On Your Door’ and ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen’ was later made available from the Erasure Information Service.

CREDITS
Written by Clarke/Bell.

Published by Musical Moments Ltd/Minotaur Music Ltd/Sony/ATV Music Publishing (UK) Ltd.

‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen’ arranged by Erasure.

Produced by Erasure.

Recorded at Powerplant Studios.

Engineered by Alan Moulder, assisted by Cameron Jenkins and Jack Loveband.

‘Stop!’ mixed by Mark Saunders and Phil Legg.

‘She Won’t Be Home’ mixed by Phil Legg.

‘The Hardest Part’ and ‘Knocking On Your Door’ mixed by Mark Saunders.

‘The Hardest Part (12″ Mix)’ mixed by Phil Legg.

‘Knocking On Your Door (12″ Mix)’ mixed by Mark Saunders.

‘Stop! (12″ Remix)’ mixed by Mark Saunders.

‘Knocking On Your Door (12″ Remix)’ mixed by Mark Saunders.

‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen’ mixed by Mark Saunders.

‘Stop! (Fade ending)’ mixed by Phil Legg.


Design by Me Company. Cover Image by James Marsh.

LYRICS

STOP!

We’ll be together again
I’ve been waiting for a long time
We’re gonna be, we’re gonna be together again
I’ll be connected to the right line

We’ll be together
And nobody ain’t never gonna disconnect us
Or ever separate us
Or say to us you’ve got to

Stop!
Stand there where you are
Before you go too far
Before you make a fool out of love
Stop!
Don’t jump before you look
Get hung upon a hook
Before you make a fool out of love

We’ll be together again
I’ve been waiting for a long time
We’re gonna be, we’re gonna be together again
I’ll be connected to the right line

We’ll be together
And nobody ain’t never gonna disconnect us
Or ever separate us
Or say to us you’ve got to

Stop!
Stand there where you are
Before you go too far
Before you make a fool out of love
Stop!
Don’t jump before you look
Get hung upon a hook
Before you make a fool out of love

We’ll be together
And nobody ain’t never gonna disconnect us
Or ever separate us
Or say to us you’ve got to

Stop!
Stand there where you are
Before you go too far
Before you make a fool out of love
Stop!
Don’t jump before you look
Get hung upon a hook
Before you make a fool out of love
Stop!

THE HARDEST PART

Let it fill your heart
And throw it all over
Like a flower into the water
Let it fill your heart
Let it blow you all over
When you tumble under the water

What’s to come of my life
Dreaming days away?

And that’s the hardest part of it all
For you to live your life
With nothing at all
And that’s the hardest part of it all
For you to live your life
With nothing at all

Let me fill your heart
Let me warm you all over
Let me hear your laughter run through the water
Let me fill your heart
Let it blossom all over
Like a petal burning the water

I’ll spend the rest of my life
Walking through the rain

And that’s the hardest part of it all
For you to live your life
With nothing at all
And that’s the hardest part of it all
For you to live your life
With nothing at all

I’ll spend the rest of my life
And my waking days

And that’s the hardest part of it all
For you to live your life
With nothing at all
And that’s the hardest part of it all
For you to live your life
With nothing at all

And that’s the hardest part of it all
For you to live your life
With nothing at all
And that’s the hardest part of it all
For you to live your life
With nothing at all

KNOCKING ON YOUR DOOR

Send me cross the river
Take me cross the ocean
I just need to be somewhere
To sort out my emotions

You know it’s up to you
You know exactly what to do
I can’t take it anymore
I don’t want to come back

Knocking on your door
Down there on the floor
I don’t want to come back
Knocking on your door
Breaking every law
I don’t want to come back
Knocking on your door

Love to see me shiver
You’d like to see me break down
I’ve just got to hide my face
Won’t see your satisfaction

You know it’s down to you
You know this thing I’m going through
I can’t take it anymore
I don’t want to come back

Knocking on your door
Down there on the floor
I don’t want to come back
Knocking on your door
Breaking every law
I don’t want to come back
Knocking on your door

You know it’s up to you
You know exactly what to do
I can’t take it anymore
I don’t want to come back

Knocking on your door
Down there on the floor
I don’t want to come back
Knocking on your door
Breaking every law
I don’t want to come back
Knocking on your door

Down there on the floor
I don’t want to come back
Knocking on your door
Breaking every law
I don’t want to come back
Knocking on your door

Down there on the floor
I don’t want to come back
Knocking on your door
Breaking every law
I don’t want to come back
Knocking on your door

SHE WON’T BE HOME

She looks around
There are snowflakes on the ground
Here comes another lonely Christmas
Stars in the night
There is one there shining bright
Shine bright for me this lonely Christmas

And I wanted to say to you
How much I want to be with you
I wanted to say to you
How much I need to be with you

Christmas time comes once a year
She knows this time he won’t be near

She phones her mum
Says this time she cannot come
Don’t worry I’m with friends this Christmas
Dad gets upset
But in time he soon forgets
Here comes another lonely Christmas

And I wanted to say to you
How much I want to be with you
I wanted to say to you
How much I need to be with you

Christmas time comes once a year
She knows this time he won’t be near

And I wanted to say to you
How much I want to be with you
And I wanted to say to you
How much I need to be with you

And I wanted to say to you
How much I want to be with you
And I wanted to say to you
How much I need to be with you

GOD REST YE MERRY GENTLEMEN

God rest ye merry gentlemen
Let nothing you dismay
For Jesus Christ our Saviour
Was born upon this day
To save us all from Satan’s power
When we were gone astray

O tidings of comfort and joy
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

From God our Heavenly Father
A blessed Angel came
And unto certain Shepherds
Brought tidings of the same
How that in Bethlehem was born
The Son of God by Name

O tidings of comfort and joy
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

Now to the Lord sing praises
All you within this place
And with true love and brotherhood
Each other now embrace
This holy tide of Christmas
All other doth deface

O tidings of comfort and joy
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy