RELEASE DATE
21st September 1987 (Germany), 21st September 1987 (UK), TBC 1987 (USA)

TAKEN FROM THE ALBUM
The Circus

TRACKLISTINGS

7″ SINGLES:

UK & GERMANY

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MUTE66 (UK) / INT 111.852 (DE)
A – The Circus (Single Mix) [3:50]
B – The Circus (Decay Mix) [5:32]

12″ SINGLES:

UK & GERMANY

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1MUTE66T (UK) / INT 126.871 (DE)
A1 – Victim Of Love (Live) [3:58]
A2 – If I Could (Live) [4:00]
B1 – The Circus (Live) [4:57]
B2 – Spiralling (Live) [2:30]

UK & GERMANY

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2MUTE66T (UK) / INT 126.872 (DE)
A1 – It Doesn’t Have To Be (Live) [4:04]
A2 – Who Needs Love Like That (live) [3:01]
A3 – Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (Live) [4:30]
B1 – The Circus (Bareback Rider Mix) [6:36]

UK & GERMANY

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3MUTE66T (UK) / INT 126.873 (DE)
A1 – Sometimes (Live) [3:40]
A2 – Say What (Live) [3:18]
A3 – Oh L’Amour (Live) [4:32]
B1 – The Circus (Gladiator Mix) [6:08]

USA

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Sire 20822-0 (USA)
A1 – The Circus (Gladiator Mix) [6:08]
A2 – The Circus (Decay Mix) [5:32]
B1 – The Circus (Bareback Rider Mix) [6:36]
B2 – The Circus (DJ Mix) [3:50]

CD SINGLE (1993):

UK & GERMANY

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CDMUTE66 (UK) & INT 826.772 (DE)
The Circus (Single Mix) [3:50]
The Circus (Decay Mix) [5:32]
If I Could (Live) [4:00]
It Doesn’t Have To Be (Live) [4:04]
Say What (Live) [3:18]
The Circus (Live) [4:57]


CHART POSITIONS
6 (UK) / 30 (DE)

VIDEO

Directed by Jerry Chater. Production Company: Media Lab.

NOTES
Three 12″ Vinyls were released for ‘The Circus’, comprising the ‘Live In Hamburg’ collection. The third 12″ Vinyl came with a special sleeve to house the complete set.

CREDITS
Written by Clarke/Bell.

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

‘Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!’ written by Andersson/Ulvaeus. Published by Bocu Music Ltd.

Produced by Flood.

Recorded at Worldwide International, The Garden and The Strongroom.

‘The Circus (Single Mix)’ mixed by Flood.

‘The Circus (Decay Mix)’ mixed by Paul Kendall.

Live tracks recorded at Knopf Halle, Hamburg, April 27th and April 28th 1987.

Live tracks mixed by Flood at Trident Studios. Engineered by Thomas Kukuck and Gero Von Gerlach. Live sound by Andy Whittle and Colin Callan. Additional backing vocals by Derek Ian and Steve Myers on live tracks.

‘The Circus (Bareback Rider Mix)’ mixed by Pascal Gabriel.

‘The Circus (Gladiator Mix)’ mixed by Dave Powell.


Design by Me Company.

LYRICS

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

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

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?

SAY WHAT

Say what
Make out
Say what
Make out

There’s a crazy situation keeps my body hot
What’s infatuation? Something you ain’t got
There’s fire inside
A love so bright

Say what
The hell do you think you’ve done?
Drive me higher and higher
Make out
There ain’t nothing going on
Oh you’re such a liar

Without no future what’s the use in keeping tight?
Always wrapped up in yourself, oh you’re alright
Why should I fall?
No love at all

Say what
The hell do you think you’ve done?
Drive me higher and higher
Make out
There ain’t nothing going on
Oh you’re such a liar

Momma said that you’re as good as dead
If you don’t call the shots yourself
Love don’t come easy

Say what
Love, love, love
Love don’t come easy
Make out

Why’d you try to fool me? I see, got no heart
Fool me, try to rule me, tore my head apart
Say lover, move on
See right from wrong

Say what
The hell do you think you’ve done?
Drive me higher and higher
Make out
There ain’t nothing going on
Oh you’re such a liar

Momma said that you’re as good as dead
If don’t call the shots yourself

Say what
The hell do you think you’ve done?
Drive me higher and higher
Make out
There ain’t nothing going on
Oh you’re such a liar

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

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

WHO NEEDS LOVE LIKE THAT

Who needs love like that?

There’s something going on, something not quite right
There something strange a-happening to me
There’s someone at the door, I hear voices in my head
It seems things aren’t the way they ought to be

Who needs love like that?
Who needs love like that?

It seemed so clear before I held my point of view
I kept my conversation never changed
And now it’s all gone wrong and words are kinda hard
And nothing else around me looks the same

Who needs love like that?
Who needs love like that?

Love can turn you upside-down then leave you cold
It’s plain to see you’re losing all control

Who needs love like that?
Who needs love like that?

I’d like to understand, like to find out why
I can’t remember all the lines I should say
But then I see your face and nothing really counts
Don’t tell me now this feeling will stay

Who needs love like that?
Who needs love like that?

Love can turn you upside-down then leave you cold
It’s plain to see you’re losin’ all control

Who needs love like that?
Who needs love like that?

Who needs love like that?
Who needs love like that?

Who needs love like that?

GIMME GIMME GIMME

In my dreams, I have a plan
If I got me a wealthy man
I wouldn’t have to work at all
I’d fall around and have a ball

Half past twelve, and I’m watching the late show
In my flat all alone
How I hate to spend an evening on my own
Autumn winds blowing outside the window
As I look around the room
And it makes me so depressed to see the gloom

There’s not a soul out there
No one to hear my prayer

Gimme, gimme, gimme a man after midnight
Won’t somebody help me chase the shadows away?
Gimme gimme gimme a man after midnight
Take me through the darkness till the break of the day

Movie stars, find the end of the rainbow
With that fortune to win
It’s so different from the world I’m living in
Tired of T.V., I open the window
And I gaze into the night
But there’s nothing there to see, no one in sight
There’s not a soul out there, no one to hear my prayer

Gimme, gimme, gimme a man after midnight
Won’t somebody help me chase the shadows away?
Gimme, gimme, gimme a man after midnight
Take me through the darkness till the break of the day

There’s not a soul out there, no one to hear my prayer

Gimme, gimme, gimme a man after midnight
Won’t somebody help me chase the shadows away?
Gimme, gimme, gimme a man after midnight
Take me through the darkness till the break of the day

Gimme, gimme, gimme a man after midnight
Won’t somebody help me chase the shadows away?
Gimme, gimme, gimme a man after midnight
Take me through the darkness till the break of the day

Gimme, gimme, gimme
Gimme, gimme, gimme
Gimme, gimme, gimme
Gimme, gimme, gimme