RELEASE DATE
18th April 1988 (Germany), 18th April 1988 (UK), 24th May 1988 (USA)

FORMATS
VINYL (UK – STUMM55 / Germany – INT 146.836 / USA – Reprise 25730-1), DIGITAL DOWNLOAD (ISTUMM55), CD (UK – CDSTUMM55 / Germany – INT 846.836 / USA – Reprise 25730-2), CASSETTE (UK – CSTUMM55 / Germany – INT 446.836 / USA – Reprise 25730-4), DOUBLE CASSETTE (UK – CSTUMM55D), MINIDISC (UK – MDSTUMM55), 3-DISC REISSUE BOXSET (LCDSTUMM55), 3-DISC REISSUE DOWNLOAD (ILCDSTUMM55)

SINGLES
Ship of Fools | Chains of Love | A Little Respect

CHART POSITION
1 (UK) | 10 (Germany) | 49 (USA)

VINYL TRACKLISTING
(All Regions)

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A Little Respect [3:31]
Ship Of Fools [4:01]
Phantom Bride [3:31]
Chains Of Love [3:36]
Hallowed Ground [4:00]
Sixty-Five Thousand [3:23]
Heart Of Stone [3:19]
Yahoo! [3:48]
Imagination [3:27]
Witch In The Ditch [3:43]
Weight Of The World [3:38]

CD, CASSETTE & MINIDISC TRACKLISTING
(All Regions)

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UK and European CD & North American CD

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UK and European Cassette & North American Cassette

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Minidisc (UK Only)

A Little Respect [3:31]
Ship Of Fools [4:01]
Phantom Bride [3:31]
Chains Of Love [3:36]
Hallowed Ground [4:00]
Sixty-Five Thousand [3:23]
Heart Of Stone [3:19]
Yahoo! [3:48]
Imagination [3:27]
Witch In The Ditch [3:43]
Weight Of The World [3:38]
When I Needed You (Melancholic Mix) [4:22]
River Deep Mountain High (Private Dance Mix) [7:02]

2009 3-DISC REISSUE TRACKLISTING

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CD1
(Remastered Album)
A Little Respect [3:31]
Ship Of Fools [4:01]
Phantom Bride [3:31]
Chains Of Love [3:36]
Hallowed Ground [4:00]
Sixty-Five Thousand [3:23]
Heart Of Stone [3:19]
Yahoo! [3:48]
Imagination [3:27]
Witch In The Ditch [3:43]
Weight Of The World [3:38]
When I Needed You (Melancholic Mix) [4:22]
River Deep Mountain High (Private Dance Mix) [7:02]
CD2
(Remastered B-sides, Remixes & Rarities)
Ship Of Fools (Shiver Me Timbers Mix) [7:53]
When I Needed You [4:00]
River Deep Mountain High (7″ Version) [3:20]
Chains Of Love (The Unfettered Mix) [8:28]
Don’t Suppose (Country Joe Mix) [5:58]
The Good, The Bad And The Ugly (The Dangerous Mix) [4:42]
A Little Respect (12″ House Mix) [6:44]
Like Zsa Zsa Zsa Gabor (Mark Freegard Mix) [4:56]
Love Is Colder Than Death [2:13]
Phantom Bride (live) [4:08]
Heart Of Stone (live) [3:37]
Hallowed Ground (live) [3:56]
Witch In The Ditch (live) [3:53]
DVD
(Promotional Videos + The Innocents Live + TV Performances)
The Innocents Live at the NEC 15/11/88
Chains Of Love [3:40]
A Little Respect [3:30]
The Circus [3:52]
The Hardest Part [4:18]
Push Me Shove Me [3:23]
Spiralling [4:29]
Hallowed Ground [3:20]
Oh L’Amour [3:50]
Who Needs Love Like That [3:18]
Stop! [3:26]
Victim of Love [3:18]
Ship of Fools [3:42]
Knocking On Your Door [4:02]
Sometimes [2:49]
Witch In The Ditch (previously unreleased) [4:02]
Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (previously unreleased) [4:14]
TV Performances
Ship of Fools (Going Live!) 27 Feb 1988 [3:34]
A Little Respect (Top Of The Pops) 6 Oct 1988 [3:10]
The Innocents (BBC Special) first broadcast 12/12/88 [35:46]
Promotional Videos
Ship of Fools [4:00]
Chains of Love [3:41]
A Little Respect [3:33]

NOTES
The CD, Cassette and MiniDisc formats include two bonus tracks. Early editions of the vinyl release contained a colour poster depicting the sleeve artwork. This album was also released as Limited Edition double cassette (CSTUMM55D) with ‘The Two Ring Circus’.

The cover image features part of a stained glass window from St. James and Charlemagne in Chartres Cathedral.

‘The Innocents’ was reissued in 2009 in Standard CD and Limited Edition 3-Disc formats.

CREDITS
Written by Clarke/Bell.

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

‘River Deep Mountain High’ written by Barry/Greenwich/Spector, published by: Warner Bros Music Ltd.

Produced by: Stephen Hague.

Engineered by: Bob Kraushaar.

‘Ship Of Fools’ produced by Stephen Hague and Dave Jacob, and engineered by Dave Jacob.

‘When I Needed You [Melancholic Mix]’ and ‘River Deep Mountain High [Private Dance Mix]’ produced by Erasure.

Brass on ‘Heart Of Stone’ by The Kickhorns (Roddy Lorimer, Tim Sanders, Simon Clark and Steve Sidwell).

Additional backing vocals Naomi Osborne on ‘Chains Of Love’ and ‘Yahoo!’, Caron Wheeler on ‘Chains Of Love’ and ‘Yahoo!’, and Jane Ayre on ‘Yahoo!’ and ‘Weight Of The World’.

Design by Paul Khera and Slim Smith.

A LITTLE RESPECT

I try to discover a little something to make me sweeter
Oh baby refrain from breaking my heart

I’m so in love with you
I’ll be forever blue
That you gimme no reason why you make me work so hard

That you gimme no
That you gimme no
That you gimme no
That you gimme no

Soul, I hear you calling
Oh baby please
Give a little respect to me

And if I should falter would you open your arms to me?
We can make love not war and live at peace with our hearts

I’m so in love with you
I’ll be forever blue
What religion or reason could drive a man to forsake his lover?

Don’t you tell me no
Don’t you tell me no
Don’t you tell me no
Don’t you tell me no

Soul, I hear you calling
Oh baby please
Give a little respect to me

I’m so in love with you
I’ll be forever blue
That you gimme no reason, you know you make me work so hard

That you gimme no
That you gimme no
That you gimme no
That you gimme no

Soul, I hear you calling
Oh baby please (give a little respect)
Give a little respect to me

Soul, I hear you calling
Oh baby please (give a little respect)
Give a little respect to me

SHIP OF FOOLS

I can’t believe what is happening to me
My head is spinning
The flowers and the trees are encapsulating me
And I go spinning

He was the baby of the class you know
He really didn’t know that one and one was two
Two and two were four
He was the baby of the class you know
He really didn’t know that, really didn’t know that
Oh what a poor soul

Ooh, do we not sail on a ship of fools?
Ooh, why is life so precious and so cruel?

I close my eyes and I try to imagine
What you’re dreaming
Why can’t you see what you’re doing to me?
My world is spinning

You were the baby of the class you know
You really didn’t know that one and one was two
Two and two were four
You were the baby of the class
You were so young and so uncertain
Suffer little children
Oh what a poor soul

Ooh, do we not sail on a ship of fools?
Ooh, why is life so precious and so cruel?

He was the baby of the class you know
He really didn’t know that one and one was two
Two and two were four
He was the baby of the class you know
He was so young and so uncertain
Suffer little children
Oh what a poor soul

Ooh, do we not sail on a ship of fools?
Ooh, why is life so precious and so cruel?

Ooh, do we not sail on a ship of fools?
Ooh, why is life so fragile and so cruel?

Ooh, do we not sail on a ship of fools?
Ooh, why is life so precious and so cruel?

PHANTOM BRIDE

She was a shy girl from the lonely streets
She had no job to do, no friends to meet
She’d sit in silence in her empty room
Dream of her childhood and invented truths

And in her mind she’d drift away
A secret place to steal away

Don’t you cry, don’t you cry
Let me wipe away the tears from your eyes
Don’t you cry, don’t you cry
Let me wipe away the tears from your eyes

He was a good boy from the other side of town
Said he could treat her right, said he could win her ’round
Her morning sickness and the kick inside
The phantom kisses of the phantom bride

And in her mind she’d drift away
A secret place to steal away

Don’t you cry, don’t you cry
Let me wipe away the tears from your eyes
Don’t you cry, don’t you cry
Let me wipe away the teardrops from your eyes

And in her mind she’d drift away
A secret place to steal away

Don’t you cry, don’t you cry
Let me wipe away the tears from your eyes
Don’t you cry, don’t you cry
Let me wipe away the tears
No more, no more lies

Don’t you cry, don’t you cry
Let me wipe away the tears from your eyes
Don’t you cry, don’t you cry
Let me wipe away the tears
No more, no more lies

Don’t you cry, don’t you cry
Let me wipe away the tears from your eyes
Don’t you cry, don’t you cry
Let me wipe away the tears
Let me wipe away the tears

CHAINS OF LOVE

How can I explain when there a few words I can choose?
How can I explain when words get broken?

Do you remember there was a time when people on the street were walking hand in hand in hand?
They used to talk about the weather, making plans together, days would last forever

Come to me, cover me, hold me
Together we’ll break these chains of love
Don’t give up, don’t give up
Together with me and my baby, break the chains of love

Do you remember once upon a time when there were open doors?
An invitation to the world
We were falling in and out with lovers, looking out for others, our sisters and our brothers

Come to me, cover me, hold me
Together we’ll break these chains of love
Don’t give up, don’t give up
Together with me and my baby, break the chains of love
Together we’ll break these chains of love

How can I explain when there a few words I can choose?
How can I explain when words get broken?

We used to talk about the weather, making plans together, days would last forever

Come to me, cover me, hold me
Together we’ll break these chains of love
Don’t give up, don’t give up
Together with me and my baby, break the chains of love
Together we’ll break these chains of love

Don’t give up, don’t give up
Together with me and my baby, break the chains of love
Together we’ll break these chains of love

HALLOWED GROUND

Everybody’s intent on killing someone
The streets are closed and there’s a kid on the run
The bullets scream out from gun to gun
Everybody’s intent on being someone

The cold and darkness of the criminal dawn
Wrapped in blankets, gotta keep themselves warm
A child in the arms of a teenage mom
Who will be there, who will be the next victim of the criminal dawn?

Old friends meet on the edge of town
Sharing conversation, hoping things’ll soon get better
While the children meet, got the world at their feet
Not knowing what’s around the corner
Are we living for an uncertain future?

Down by the corner sits a broken man
Lives by the bottle, swears never again
Lost his money on the dogs and gin
He looks for his supper in garbage can

The kids hang around by the old school ground
Right by the river where the body was found
Throwing stones on hallowed ground
Who will be there, who will be the next victim of the criminal dawn?

Old friends meet on the edge of town
Sharing conversation, hoping things’ll soon get better
While the children meet, got the world at their feet
Not knowing what’s around the corner
Are we living for an uncertain future?
Can you hear them calling?

In the cold and darkness of the criminal dawn
Wrapped in blankets, gotta keep ourselves warm
A child in the arms of a teenage mom
Who will be there, who will be the last victim of the criminal dawn?

Old friends meet on the edge of town
Sharing conversation, hoping things’ll soon get better
While the children meet, got the world at their feet
Not knowing what’s around the corner
Are we living for an uncertain future?

Old friends meet on the edge of town
Sharing conversation, hoping things’ll soon get better
While the children meet, got the world at their feet
Not knowing what’s around the corner
Are we living for an uncertain future?

HEART OF STONE

I cry for your heart of stone
I’m gonna wait until you come home
Why am I all alone?
I’m as good as dead, yeah

Ooh, I lost my sense of passion and direction
To protect myself from hurting and despair
Listen to my heart, my soul is aching
Fool or saint? ‘Cause you went and left me and you so upset me

I can’t believe that you would ever find it easy
To walk away as if you’d never really cared
Did you expect that I’d give in a beg for mercy
Out in the gutter? Out in the gutter?

I cry for your heart of stone
I’m gonna wait until you come home
Why am I all alone?
I’m as good as dead, yeah

Ooh, I look back on the first night with affection
And if you had a heart, you’d remember too
The way we used to run around like little children
Fool or saint? My mother told me you’d be no good for me

I cry for your heart of stone
I’m gonna wait until you come home
Why am I all alone?
I’m as good as dead, yeah

Listen to my heart, my soul is aching
Out in the gutter
I’ve got to break that heart of stone

I cry for your heart of stone
I’m gonna wait until you come home
Why am I all alone?
I’m as good as dead, yeah

YAHOO!

Better that the devil should not be called
If you wanna wed the devil’s daughter
I pray to the lord on high to set you free
Better you decide to cut him loose
Than to ride on the cunning line
I pray to the lord on high to rescue me

No one should go through hard times
No one should live in sorrow
Gotta face the darker sky
Gotta lift your head up high

Yahoo! Aah
Higher, higher, higher
Yahoo! Aah
Find your way unto the lord, aah
Higher, higher, higher
Yahoo! Aah
Find your way unto the lord

To run where the devil would fear to tread
Got to put your money where your heart is
I pray to the lord on high to set you free
Whether you decide to trade your soul
For a little of the devil’s gold
I pray to the lord on high to rescue me

No one should feel so low down
And give in to sweet temptation
Gotta lift you head up high
Gotta face the darker skies

Yahoo! Aah
Higher, higher, higher
Yahoo! Aah
Find your way unto the lord, aah
Higher, higher, higher
Yahoo! Aah
Find your way unto the lord

Yahoo! Aah
Higher, higher, higher
Yahoo! Aah
Find your way unto the lord

When you look around and find yourself
Between the devil and deep blue sea
I pray to the lord on high to set you free
If there’s trouble on your mind when you sleep at night
Would you come and put your trust in me?
I pray to the lord on high to rescue me

No one should go through hard times
No one should live in sorrow
Gotta face the darker sky
Gotta lift your head up high

Yahoo! Aah
Higher, higher, higher
Yahoo! Aah
Find your way unto the lord, aah
Higher, higher, higher
Yahoo! Aah
Find your way unto the lord, aah
Higher, higher, higher
Yahoo! Aah
Find your way unto the lord, aah
Higher, higher, higher
Yahoo! Aah
Find your way unto the lord

IMAGINATION

What do you with yourself when you see the storm clouds rising?
Feeling alone with yourself as the sun fades away

The memories come to and fro
The trouble is they never want to go
They come never go

Imagination

It’s just your imagination rolling over the past
It can change your mind completely
It’s just my imagination running wild and too fast
But I know it won’t defeat me

Look into the eyes of Medusa and she’ll turn your world to stone
She’ll tear at your eyes and seduce you and your soul will be gone

The messages and hidden dreams
Of former lives and lovers never seen
A love never seen

Imagination

It’s just your imagination rolling over the past
It can change your mind completely
It’s just my imagination running wild and too fast
But I know it won’t defeat me

What do you with yourself when you’re lost on some horizon?
Taking a hold of yourself when you know the timing’s wrong

The memories come to and fro
The trouble is they never want to go

Imagination

It’s just your imagination rolling over the past
It can change your mind completely
It’s just my imagination running wild and too fast
But I know it won’t defeat me

It’s just your imagination rolling over the past
It can change your mind completely
It’s just my imagination running wild and too fast
But I know it won’t defeat me
And I know that it won’t defeat me

WITCH IN THE DITCH

No I would never step into your shoes
I’ll dance in my chamber without you
I’m looking, I’m praying for a place I can dwell in
A place where our love can be true

Yes it was you my love
That made me turn around
Yes it was you mein herr
That turned me upside-down

Were we never to be forgotten?
Lay down your sweet head and cry
We’ll live in dreamland tonight
Oh come all ye who are faithful
Lay down your sweet head and cry
Enter the valley of light

Just watch this witch dig her heels in the ditch
As the ministry waves her goodbye
Wake from the dream with a start and a scream
And the prisoner gives out a sigh

Yes it was you mein schatz
That made me turn around

Were we never to be forgotten?
Lay down your sweet head and cry
We’ll live in dreamland tonight
Oh come all ye who are faithful
Lay down your sweet head and cry
Enter the valley of light

Yes it was you my love
That made me turn around
Yes it was you mein herr
That turned me upside-down

Were we never to be forgotten?
Lay down your sweet head and cry
We’ll live in dreamland tonight
Oh come all ye who are faithful
Lay down your sweet head and cry
Enter the valley of light

WEIGHT OF THE WORLD

Hey little wise man, you’ve got the sweetest notion
Ooh the sweetest thing
Just once in a lifetime you need a helping hand
Ooh a helping hand

You keep it wrapped up inside
It’s like a lethal potion
Gonna find it soul-destroying

Woah, don’t take it any further now baby
Woah, won’t lead you anywhere
Woah, it’s pushing and a-hurting you baby
Woah, I’ll say a little prayer

No other wise man can take the pain like you do
Ooh the pain like you
You’re putting on brave face but it gets to you somehow
Ooh gets through somehow

You hold your head in your hands
And the weight of the world on your shoulders
Come and pour your heart out to me

Woah, don’t take it any further now baby
Woah, won’t lead you anywhere
Woah, it’s pushing and a-hurting you baby
Woah, I’ll say a little prayer

You keeped it wrapped up inside
It’s like a lethal potion
Gonna find it soul-destroying

Woah, don’t take it any further now baby
Woah, won’t lead you anywhere
Woah, it’s pushing and a-hurting you baby
Woah, I’ll say a little prayer

WHEN I NEEDED YOU

I’d like to be a child again, so many things to do
Playground noise and coloured toys and everything brand new

I’d like to be a pirate ship in search of hidden gold
On ocean waves I’d swim away and sail around the world

Where, where were you when I needed you most, when I needed a friend?
Where, where were you when I needed you most, when I needed a friend?

I’d like to be a soldier, a general I would be
In battle and in glory with ten thousand men to lead

I could be almost anything, there is so much to see
I’d live a different story if you were next to me

Where, where were you when I needed you most, when I needed a friend?
Where, where were you when I needed you most, when I needed a friend?

Where, where were you when I needed you most, when I needed a friend?
Where, where were you when I needed you most, when I needed a friend?

I could be almost anything, there is so much to see
I’d live a different story if you were next to me

Where, where were you when I needed you most, when I needed a friend?
Where, where were you when I needed you most, when I needed a friend?

RIVER DEEP, MOUNTAIN HIGH

When I was a little girl
I had a rag doll
The only doll I ever owned
Now I love you just the way
I loved that rag doll
But only now my love has grown

And it gets stronger in every way
And it gets deeper, love it stays
It gets higher day by day

And, do I love you my oh my?
Yeah, river deep, mountain high (yeah, yeah, yeah)
If I lost you would I cry?
Oh how I love you baby, baby, baby, baby

When you were a young boy
Did you have a puppy
That always followed you around?
Well I’m gonna be as faithful as that puppy
No I’ll never let you down

‘Cause it goes on and on like a river flows
It gets bigger baby heaven knows
It gets sweeter baby as it grows

And, do I love you my oh my?
River deep, mountain high (yeah, yeah, yeah)
If I lost you would I cry?
Oh how I love you baby, baby, baby, baby

And, do I love you my oh my?
River deep, mountain high (yeah, yeah, yeah)
If I lost you would I cry?
Oh how I love you baby, baby, baby, baby

When I was a little girl
I had a rag doll
The only doll I ever owned
Now I love you just the way
I loved that rag doll
But only now my love has grown

And it gets stronger in every way
And it gets deeper, love it stays
It gets higher day by day

And, do I love you my oh my
Yeah, river deep, mountain high (yeah, yeah, yeah)
If I lost you would I cry
Oh how I love you baby, baby, baby, baby

I love you baby like a flower loves the spring
I love you baby like a robin loves to sing
I love you baby like a schoolboy loves his bag
I love you baby river deep, mountain high

Ah river deep
Ah river deep
Ah river deep
Ah river deep

And, do I love you my oh my
Yeah, river deep, mountain high (yeah, yeah, yeah)
If I lost you would I cry
Oh how I love you baby, baby, baby, baby