RELEASE DATE
30th March 1987 (Germany), 30th March 1987 (UK), 7th July 1987 (USA)

FORMATS
VINYL (UK – STUMM35 / GERMANY – INT146.831 / USA – Sire 25554-1), DIGITAL DOWNLOAD (iSTUMM25), CD (UK – CDSTUMM35 / GERMANY – INT846.831 / USA – Sire 25554-2), CASSETTE (UK – CSTUMM35 / GERMANY – INT446.831 / USA – Sire 25554-4), 3-DISC REISSUE BOXSET (LCDSTUMM35), 3-DISC REISSUE DOWNLOAD (iLCDSTUMM35)

SINGLES
Sometimes | It Doesn’t Have To Be | Victim of Love | The Circus

CHART POSITION
6 (UK) | 20 (Germany) | 190 (USA)

CD TRACKLISTING (All regions)

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It Doesn’t Have To Be [3:53]
Hideaway [3:48]
Don’t Dance [3:36]
If I Could [3:52]
Sexuality [3:55]
Victim of Love [3:40]
Leave Me To Bleed [3:21]
Sometimes [3:37]
The Circus [5:30]
Spiralling [3:10]
In The Hall Of The Mountain King (New Version) [2:58]
Sometimes (12″ Remix) [5:22]
It Doesn’t Have To Be (Boop Oppa Doo Mix) [7:12]

VINYL & CASSETTE TRACKLISTING (All regions)

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It Doesn’t Have To Be [3:53]
Hideaway [3:48]
Don’t Dance [3:36]
If I Could [3:52]
Sexuality [3:55]
Victim of Love [3:40]
Leave Me To Bleed [3:21]
Sometimes [3:37]
The Circus [5:30]
Spiralling [3:10]

2011 3-DISC REISSUE TRACKLISTING

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CD1 (Remastered Album)
It Doesn’t Have To Be [3:53]
Hideaway [3:48]
Don’t Dance [3:36]
If I Could [3:52]
Sexuality [3:55]
Victim of Love [3:40]
Leave Me To Bleed [3:21]
Sometimes [3:37]
The Circus [5:30]
Spiralling [3:10]
In The Hall Of The Mountain King (New Version) [2:58]
Sometimes (12″ Remix) [5:22]
It Doesn’t Have To Be (Boop Oppa Doo Mix) [7:12]
CD2 (Remastered B-sides, Remixes & Rarities)
Sexuality (12″ Mix)
Sometimes (Shiver Mix)
The Circus (Bareback Rider Mix)
Who Needs Love Like That (Betty Boop Mix)
It Doesn’t Have To Be (Cement Mix)
The Soldier’s Return (The Return of the Radical Radcliffe Mix))
Victim of Love (Vixen Vitesse Mix)
If I Could (Japanese Mix)
The Circus – BBC Radio One Session, 10th March 1987
Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! – Radio One Session, 10th March 1987
Spiralling – Radio One Session, 10th March 1987
Phantom Bride – Radio One Session, 10th March 1987
DVD
Promotional Videos
Sometimes
It Doesn’t Have To Be
Victim of Love
The Circus
Top of the Pops Performances
Sometimes (20/11/86)
It Doesn’t Have To Be (19/3/87)
Victim of Love (5/6/87)
The Circus (22/10/87)
Live at The Seaside – Brighton Dome 14th April 1987
Safety In Numbers
Victim of Love
It Doesn’t Have To Be
Don’t Dance
Who Needs Love (Like That)
Leave Me To Bleed
If I Could
Oh L’Amour
The Circus
Say What
Sometimes
Spiralling
Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!

NOTES
The CD edition of this album contains 3 bonus tracks. This album was also released as a Limited Edition double cassette with ‘Wonderland’ below (CDSTUMM35D).

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The three disc (2CD and DVD) reissue of ‘The Circus’ was released on July 4th 2011 and was available with a limited edition Erasure Information Service slipcase via the official Erasure shop. This release is also available for audio download although the DVD elements are not available digitally. Due to licensing restrictions this edition was not available domestically in the USA.

CREDITS
Written by Clarke/Bell

Published by Musical Moments Ltd/Minotaur Music Ltd/Sony/ATV Music Publishing (UK) Ltd.
‘In The Hall of the Mountain King’ written by Greig, arranged by Erasure.

Produced by Flood
Recorded at Worldwide International, The Garden, The Strongroom and The Powerplant.
Mixed by Phil Harding.
‘Sometimes’ mixed by Flood and Daniel Miller.
‘In The Hall of the Mountain King (New Version)’ mixed by Vince Clarke.
Engineered by Peter Griffiths.
‘Sometimes (12″ Mix)’ mixed by Erasure.
‘It Doesn’t Have To Be (Boop Oppa Doo Mix)’ mixed by Phil Harding.
Trumpet on ‘Sometimes’ by Guy Barker.

Design by Me Company.

IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE

You are on one side and I am on the other
Are we divided?

You are on one side and I am on the other
Are we divided?
Why can’t we live together?

There are no rights
This isn’t your decision
We need to talk of changing things
But no one wants to listen

It doesn’t have to be like that
It doesn’t have to be like that
It doesn’t have to be like that

A heart on the inside the same as any other
Are we divided?
Someone always has to suffer

We are broken
There’s no one left to change it
Is that the way it has to be?
Why can’t we rearrange it?

It doesn’t have to be like that (one against one)
It doesn’t have to be like that (one against one)
It doesn’t have to be like that

Alava mo ja na me me limbaniango limbaniago
Zimbabwe abo naga na me me limbaniango limbaniago
Alava mo ja na me me limbaniango limbaniago
Zimbabwe abo naga na me me limbaniango limbaniago

What is the secret in calling me a brother?
Are we divided?
Always one against the other

We are strong now
Put down the ammunition
For what we know is right
Is gonna break down this division

It doesn’t have to be like that (one against one)
It doesn’t have to be like that (one against one)
It doesn’t have to be like that (one against one, one against one)
It doesn’t have to be like that (one against one, one against one)
It doesn’t have to be like that

You are on one side and I am on the other
Are we divided?

HIDEAWAY

One day the boy decided to let them know the way he felt inside
He could not stand to hide it, his mother she broke down and cried

Oh my father
Why don’t you talk to me now?
Oh my mother
Do you still cry yourself to sleep?
Are you still proud of your little boy?

Don’t be afraid (be afraid)
You don’t have to hideaway

The boy he was rejected by the people that he cared for
It’s not what they expected but he could not keep it secret anymore

Far from home now
Waiting by the telephone
There’s a new world
You can’t make it on your own
Are you still proud of your little boy?

Don’t be afraid (be afraid)
You don’t have to hideaway
No

Don’t be afraid
Love will mend your broken wings
Time will slip away
Learn to be brave

Oh my father
Why don’t you talk to me now?
Oh my mother
Do you still cry yourself to sleep?
Are you still proud of your little boy?

Don’t be afraid (be afraid)
You don’t have to hideaway
No

Don’t be afraid
Love will mend your broken wings
Time will slip away
Learn to be brave

DON’T DANCE

Anything you want, everything you need
Every time you take what’s on offer
You can step on out, you can do without
You don’t have to me like every other

Don’t dance to the rhythm
Do something about it
Don’t dance to the rhythm
You can do without it
Don’t dance to the rhythm
Do something about it
Don’t dance to the rhythm
You can do without it

Always stay in line, fool you every time
Wonder why it ends up in sorrow
You don’t have to go, all you say is no
There’s no rhythm that you have to follow

Don’t dance to the rhythm
Do something about it
Don’t dance to the rhythm
You can do without it
Don’t dance to the rhythm
Do something about it
Don’t dance to the rhythm
You can do without it

Don’t dance to the rhythm
Do something about it
Don’t dance to the rhythm
You can do without it

Everywhere you go, everything you do
Got to make the best just that bit better
You can step on out, you can do without
You don’t have to be like every other

Don’t dance to the rhythm
Do something about it
Don’t dance to the rhythm
You can do without it
Don’t dance to the rhythm
Do something about it
Don’t dance to the rhythm
You can do without it

IF I COULD

Make the world a little better

I don’t believe you know what you’re talking about
I don’t believe you go and ever find out for yourself
Always got a lot to say
Well I’m not listening anyway
I’m not listening anyway

If I could make the world a little better
You know I would make the world a little better
If I could make the world a little better

I don’t believe you care about the consequences
I don’t believe you share in what you know we know is true
Turning keys and locking doors
I won’t accept that anymore
Won’t accept that anymore

If I could make the world a little better
You know I would make the world a little better
If I could make the world a little better

I don’t believe you know about the hearts you’ve broken
I don’t believe you show what your intentions really are
Can you hear? What have you done?
There’s not enough for everyone
Not enough for anyone

If I could make the world a little better
You know I would make the world a little better
If I could make the world a little better

If I could make the world a little better
You know I would make the world a little better
If I could make the world a little better

If I could, you know I would

SEXUALITY

Do it
Any way you like it
Give it
Everything you’ve got
Shake it
Move your body
Love it
If you like it or not

Sexuality, sensuality

Come up to my room
Let’s not pretend you’re shy about it
Sexuality
Come up to my room
Let’s make amends, can’t do without it
Sensuality

Lose it
One step in the right direction
Use it
In every possible way

Sexuality, sensuality

Come up to my room
Let’s not pretend you’re shy about it
Sexuality
Come up to my room
Let’s make amends, can’t do without it
Sensuality

Sensuality

Strip it
We’ve got obvious intentions
Show it
Let’s tell the world about it
Play it
We’ve got no rules or regulations
Do it

Sexuality, sensuality

Come up to my room
Let’s not pretend you’re shy about it
Sexuality
Come up to my room
Let’s make amends, can’t do without it
Sensuality

Come up to my room
Let’s not pretend you’re shy about it
Come up to my room
Let’s make amends, can’t do without it
Sensuality

Come up to my room
Let’s not pretend you’re shy about it
Sexuality
Come up to my room
Let’s make amends, can’t do without it
Sensuality

VICTIM OF LOVE

I don’t wanna look like some kind of fool
I don’t wanna break my heart over you
I’m building a wall
Everyday it’s getting higher
This time I won’t end up another victim of love

You say that I could show some emotion
That I’ve been keeping secrets from you
But I can see through all your sweet talk
And all of your affections untrue

I’m gonna find you out
If I scream and I shout
You won’t break down my protection

I don’t wanna look like some kind of fool
I don’t wanna break my heart over you
I’m building a wall
Everyday it’s getting higher
This time I won’t end up another victim of love

I’m gonna lock up what I’m feeling inside
Ain’t no way you can break down the door
‘Cause this time I’ve learned my lesson
You can take this declaration of war

Step right back
Put on your coat and your hat
Gonna avoid all complication

I don’t wanna look like some kind of fool
I don’t wanna break my heart over you
I’m building a wall
Everyday it’s getting higher
This time I won’t end up another victim of love

LEAVE ME TO BLEED

It wasn’t me that saw you standing by the neon-lit door
It wasn’t me that saw you clinging to somebody I deplore

Baby, don’t show your face, don’t move in my direction
Leave me to bleed
Your love, love can be fatal
Leave me to bleed
Your love, love can be fatal

It wasn’t me that heard you whisper a name I’d never heard before
It wasn’t me that heard you steal out to meet behind a secret door

I’ve been suspecting, I’ve done my own detecting
Leave me to bleed
Your love, love can be fatal
Leave me to bleed
Your love, love can be fatal

It wasn’t me that saw you pick up a letter fallen on the floor
It wasn’t me that heard you say you couldn’t love me anymore

There’s no mistaking, I guess I’ll just be waiting
Leave me to bleed
Your love, love can be fatal
Leave me to bleed
Your love, love can be fatal
Leave me to bleed
Your love, love can be fatal

SOMETIMES

It’s not the way you lead me by the hand into the bedroom
It’s not the way you throw your clothes upon the bathroom floor

Been thinking about you, I just couldn’t wait to see
Fling my arms around you as we fall in ecstasy

Ooh, sometimes
The truth is harder than the pain inside, yeah
Ooh, sometimes
It’s the broken heart that decides

It’s not the way that you caress me, toy with my affection
It’s not my sense of emptiness you fill with your desire

Climb in bed beside me, we can lock the world outside
Touch me, satisfy me, warm your body next to mine

Ooh, sometimes
The truth is harder than the pain inside, yeah
Ooh, sometimes
It’s the broken heart that decides

Woah

Ooh, sometimes
The truth is harder than the pain inside, yeah
Ooh, sometimes
It’s the broken heart that decides

THE CIRCUS

Call it new technology and they use it to burn and they show no concern
Work for their prosperity while the big wheels turn, now it’s too late to learn

Don’t upset the teacher
Though we know he lied to you
Don’t upset the preacher
He’s gonna close his eyes for you

And it’s a shame
That you’re so afraid
Just a worker waiting in the pouring rain
Putting back the pieces of a broken dream
Putting back the pieces of a broken dream

Father worked in industry, now the work has moved on and the factory’s gone
See them sell your history where once you were strong and you used to belong

There was once a future
For a working man
There was once a lifetime
For a skillful hand
Yesterday

And it’s a shame
That you’re so afraid
Just a worker waiting in the pouring rain
Putting back the pieces of a broken dream
Putting back the pieces of a broken dream

Don’t upset the teacher
Though we know he lied to you
Don’t upset the preacher
He’s gonna close his eyes for you

And it’s a shame
That you’re so afraid
Just a worker waiting in the pouring rain
Putting back the pieces of a broken dream
Putting back the pieces of a broken dream

Tempers fray so easily in desperate despair, is there anyone who cares?
Just another tragedy, just a personal affair in a room somewhere

There was once a future
For a working man
There was once a lifetime
For a skillful hand
Yesterday

And it’s a shame
That you’re so afraid
Just a worker waiting in the pouring rain
Putting back the pieces of a broken dream
Putting back the pieces of a broken dream (broken dream)
Putting back the pieces of a broken dream

Of a broken, of a broken dream

Putting back the pieces of a broken dream (broken dream)
Putting back the pieces of a broken dream

SPIRALLING

I try hard to put you out of my mind
Every night alone I’m thinking about you
How can I avoid this pain without you?

I won’t cry, I won’t be sorry no more
I know that this is something I’ll get over
Maybe I can learn to love another

It’s just a matter of time
A matter of time

Just because I lock myself in my room
It doesn’t mean that I’m afraid to talk to
Those people I know that might have seen you

No return, I keep reminding myself
I won’t look back, won’t regret a single moment
I’m gonna mend this heart inside you’ve broken

It’s just a matter of time
A matter of time
It’s just a matter of time
A matter of time

Show me the way, they say safety in numbers
I lift up my eyes to the sky
And imagine a crowd of hearts that surround me
And give me the courage to die

Were you to weep and lie soft at my feet
Then you’d wash all my troubles away
And imagine the host of angels around me
That give me the courage to die