RELEASE DATE
16th November 1987 (Germany), 16th November 1987 (UK), 1st December 1987 (USA)

FORMATS
VINYL (UK – LSTUMM35 / Germany – INT 192.622 / USA – Reprise 25667-1), CD (UK – LCDSTUMM35 / Germany – INT 892.622 / USA – Reprise 25667-2), CASSETTE (UK – CSTUMM35 / Germany – INT446.831 / USA – 25554-4), DIGITAL DOWNLOAD (ISTUMM35)

SINGLES
None

CHART POSITION
Not Eligible (UK) | 26 (Germany) | 186 (USA)

CD & CASSETTE TRACKLISTING (UK & Germany)

tworingcircus_CD tworingcircus_cassette

UK – LCDSTUMM35 (CD) & LCSTUMM35 (Cassette) / Germany – INT 892.622 (CD) / / INT 492.622 (Cassette)

Sometimes (Erasure & Flood Mix) [4:54]
It Doesn’t Have To Be (Mix By Pascal Gabriel) [6:55]
Victim Of Love (Little Louie Vega Mix) [5:22]
Leave Me To Bleed (Vince Clarke/Eric Radcliffe Mix) [5:09]
Hideaway (Little Louie Vega Mix) [7:14]
Don’t Dance (Daniel Miller & Flood Mix) [3:51]
If I Could (Orchestral Arrangement & Thanks To Andrew Poppy) [3:50]
Spiralling (Orchestral Arrangement & Thanks To Andrew Poppy) [3:32]
My Heart… So Blue (Orchestral Arrangement & Thanks To Andrew Poppy) [4:07]
Victim Of Love (Live) [3:58]
The Circus (Live) [4:57]
Spiralling (Live) [2:30]
Sometimes (Live) [3:40]
Oh L’Amour (Live) [4:32]
Who Needs Love Like That (Live) [3:01]
Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (Live) [4:30]

CD & CASSETTE TRACKLISTING (USA)

tworingcircus_vinyl_USA tworingcircus_cassette_USA

Reprise 25667-2 (USA – CD) / Reprise 25667-4 (USA – Cassette)

Sometimes (Erasure & Flood Mix) [4:54]
It Doesn’t Have To Be (Mix By Pascal Gabriel) [6:55]
Victim Of Love (Little Louie Vega Mix) [5:22]
Leave Me To Bleed (Vince Clarke/Eric Radcliffe Mix) [5:09]
Hideaway (Little Louie Vega Mix) [7:14]
Don’t Dance (Daniel Miller & Flood Mix) [3:51]
If I Could (Orchestral Arrangement & Thanks To Andrew Poppy) [3:50]
Spiralling (Orchestral Arrangement & Thanks To Andrew Poppy) [3:32]
My Heart… So Blue (Orchestral Arrangement & Thanks To Andrew Poppy) [4:07]
Victim Of Love (Live) [3:58]
The Circus (Dave Powell Mix) [4:57]
Spiralling (Live) [2:30]
Sometimes (Live) [3:40]
Oh L’Amour (Live) [4:32]
Who Needs Love Like That (Live) [3:01]
Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (Live) [4:30]

VINYL TRACKLISTING (All regions)

tworingcircus_vinyl tworingcircus_vinyl_USA

LSTUMM35 (UK) / INT 192.622 (DE) / Reprise 25667-1 (USA)

Sometimes (Erasure & Flood Mix) [4:54]
It Doesn’t Have To Be (Mix By Pascal Gabriel) [6:55]
Victim Of Love (Little Louie Vega Mix) [5:22]
Leave Me To Bleed (Vince Clarke/Eric Radcliffe Mix) [5:09]
Hideaway (Little Louie Vega Mix) [7:14]
Don’t Dance (Daniel Miller & Flood Mix) [3:51]
If I Could (Orchestral Arrangement & Thanks To Andrew Poppy) [3:50]
Spiralling (Orchestral Arrangement & Thanks To Andrew Poppy) [3:32]
My Heart… So Blue (Orchestral Arrangement & Thanks To Andrew Poppy) [4:07]
Victim Of Love (Live) [3:58]
The Circus (Live) [4:57]
Spiralling (Live) [2:30]
Sometimes (Live) [3:40]
Oh L’Amour (Live) [4:32]
Who Needs Love Like That (Live) [3:01]
Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (Live) [4:30]

NOTES
The CD and Cassette editions include 7 bonus tracks, entitled ‘The Touring Circus’, taken from The Circus ‘Live In Hamburg’ collection.

The album was released in the USA with a different tracklisting; it omits ‘The Circus (Live)’ but includes ‘The Circus (Gladiator Mix Edit)’ (labelled as ‘The Circus (Dave Powell Mix)’).

‘The Two Ring Circus’ album was later re-released as a limited-edition double cassette with The Innocents (CSTUMM55D).

CREDITS
Written by Clarke/Bell

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

‘Who Needs Love Like That’ and ‘My Heart… So Blue’ written by Clarke. Published by Musical Moments Ltd/Sony/ATV Music Publishing (UK) Ltd.

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

Produced by Flood.

‘Sometimes [Erasure & Flood Mix]’ mixed by Erasure and Flood.

‘It Doesn’t Have To Be [Mix By Pascal Gabriel]’ mixed by Pascal Gabriel.

‘Victim Of Love [Little Louie Vega Mix]’ mixed by Little Louie Vega.

‘Leave Me To Bleed [Vince Clarke/Eric Radcliffe Mix]’ mixed by Vince Clarke and Eric Radcliffe.

‘Hideaway [Little Louie Vega Mix]’ mixed by Little Louie Vega.

‘Don’t Dance [Daniel Miller/Flood Mix]’ mixed by Daniel Miller and Flood.

‘The Circus [Gladiator Mix Edit]’ mixed by Dave Powell.

Orchestral Arrangement & Thanks To Andrew Poppy arrangements by Andrew Poppy.

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.

Design by Me Company.

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 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

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

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

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
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 ado naga na me me
Limbaniango limbaniago
Alava mo ja na me me
Limbaniango limbaniago
Zimbabwe ado 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 breakdown 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

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

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 affection untrue

I’m gonna find you out
If you 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 complications

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 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, your love can be fatal
Leave me to bleed
Your love, your 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 been suspecting
Done my own detecting

Leave me to bleed
Your love, your love can be fatal
Leave me to bleed
Your love, your 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, your love can be fatal
Leave me to bleed
Your love, your love can be fatal

Leave me to bleed
Your love, your love can be fatal
Leave me to bleed
Your love, your love can be fatal

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
You don’t have to hide away

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 make it on your own
Are you still proud of your little boy?

Don’t be afraid
You don’t have to hide away, no

Don’t be afraid
Love will mend your broken wing
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
You don’t have to hide away, no

Don’t be afraid
Love will mend your broken wing
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 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

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
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 [Orchestral]
Written by Clarke / Bell
I don’t believe you know
What you’re talking ’bout
I don’t believe you’d go
And ever find out for yourself
Always got a lot to say
But I’m not listening anyway
I’m not listening anyway

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

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

SPIRALLING

I try hard
To put you out of mind
Every night alone
I’m thinking ’bout 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
It’s just 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 you seen you

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

It’s just a matter of time
It’s just a matter of time
It’s just a matter of time
It’s just 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
That give the me 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

MY HEART… SO BLUE
I’ve got her picture
It’s there on the wall
I can’t remember why
I keep it at all
The doors are cold and
All the windows seem grey
I write the book
There’s so much more I should say

Wave goodbye
See my heart…so blue
Wave goodbye
Lost for you

And now it’s over
I write it all down
No one to notice
One less face in the crowd
Our eyes are open
When it suits us to see
Dear God in heaven
Show no mercy to me

Wave goodbye
See my heart…so blue
Wave goodbye
Lost for you

I shed no tears
And there’s no reason for shame
A small consolation
Hides a stone with her name
Just a victim
Still the light shines all bright
I’ve got her picture
Think I’ll hold it tonight

Wave goodbye
See my heart…so blue
Wave goodbye
Lost for you

Wave goodbye
See my heart…so blue
Wave goodbye
Lost for you

Wave goodbye
See my heart…so blue
Wave goodbye
Lost for you

Wave goodbye
See my heart…so blue
Wave goodbye
Lost for you

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

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
Putting back the pieces
Of a broken dream
Of a broken, of a broken dream

SPIRALLING

I try hard
To put you out of mind
Every night alone
I’m thinking ’bout 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
It’s just 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 you seen you

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

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

Sometimes [Live]
Written by Clarke / Bell
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 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

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

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

OH L’AMOUR

Oh L’amour
Broke my heart
Now I’m aching for you
Mon amour
What’s a boy in love
Supposed to do?

Looking for you
You were looking for me
Always reaching for you
You were too blind to see
Oh love of my heart
Why leave me alone?
I’m falling apart
No good on my own

Oh L’amour
Broke my heart
Now I’m aching for you
Mon amour
What’s a boy in love
Supposed to do?

Why throw it away?
Why walk out on me?
I just live for the day
For the way it should be
There once was a time
Had you here by my side
You said I wasn’t your kind
Only here for the ride

Oh L’amour
Broke my heart
Now I’m aching for you
Mon amour
What’s a boy in love
Supposed to do?

No emotional ties
You don’t remember my name
I lay down and die
I’m only to blame
Oh love of my heart
It’s up to you now
You tore me apart
I hurt inside-out

Oh L’amour
Broke my heart
Now I’m aching for you
Mon amour
What’s a boy in love
Supposed to do?

Oh L’amour
Broke my heart
Now I’m aching for you
Mon amour
What’s a boy in love
Supposed to do?

WHO NEEDS LOVE LIKE THAT

Who needs love like that?

There’s something going on
Something not quite right
There’s something strange
That’s happening to me
There’s someone at the door
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
Now it’s all gone wrong
And words are kind of 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
And 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 her 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 losing all control

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