RELEASE DATE
18th May 1987 (Germany), 18th May 1987 (UK), TBC 1987 (USA)

TAKEN FROM THE ALBUM
The Circus

TRACKLISTINGS

7″ SINGLES:

UK, GERMANY & USA

victimoflove_mute61

MUTE61 (UK) / INT 111.849 (DE) / Sire 7-28238 (USA)
A – Victim of Love (Single Mix) [3:38]
B – The Soldier’s Return [3:05]

12″ SINGLES:

UK & GERMANY

victimoflove_12mute61

12MUTE61 (UK) / INT 126.865 (DE)
A1 – Victim of Love (Extended Mix) [6:59]
B1 – The Soldier’s Return (The Return Of The Radical Radcliffe Mix) [5:00]
B2 – Victim of Love (Dub Mix) [3:29]

UK & GERMANY

victimoflove_L12mute61

L12MUTE61 (UK) / INT 126.867 (DE)
A1 – Victim of Love (Vixen Vitesse Mix) [5:42]
B1 – The Soldier’s Return (The Machinery Mix) [4:16]
B2 – If I Could (Japanese Mix) [3:40]

USA

victimoflove_L12mute61

Sire 20740-0 (USA)
A1 – Victim of Love (Vixen Vitesse Mix) [5:42]
B1 – The Soldier’s Return (The Machinery Mix) [4:16]
B2 – Victim of Love (Extended Mix) [6:59]
B3 – Victim of Love (Dub Mix) [3:29]

CD SINGLE:

UK & GERMANY

victimoflove_CDmute61_original

CDMUTE61 (UK) & INT 826.867 (DE)
Safety In Numbers (Live) [1:26]
Victim of Love [3:24]
The Soldier’s Return (The Return Of The Radical Radcliffe Mix) [5:00]
Victim of Love (Dub Mix) [3:29]
Don’t Dance (Live) [3:53]
Leave Me To Bleed (Live) [3:42]

CD SINGLE (1993):

UK & GERMANY

victimoflove_CDmute61_reissue

CDMUTE61 (UK) & INT 826.776 (DE)
Safety In Numbers (Live) [1:26]
Victim of Love [3:24]
The Soldier’s Return (The Return Of The Radical Radcliffe Mix) [5:00]
Victim of Love (Dub Mix) [3:29]
Don’t Dance (Live) [3:53]
Leave Me To Bleed (Live) [3:42]


CHART POSITIONS
7 (UK)

VIDEO

Directed by Peter Scammell. Production Company: State.

NOTES
The CD was originally released in a card sleeve. ‘Safety In Numbers’ is the end waltz section of ‘Spiralling’, although here it is presented separately. The end of ‘Safety In Numbers’ segues between a live version of ‘Victim Of Love’ and the album version.

CREDITS
Written by Clarke/Bell.

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

Produced by Flood.

Recorded at Worldwide International, The Garden and The Strongroom.

Mixed by Phil Harding.
‘The Soldier’s Return’ produced by Eric Radcliffe & Erasure. Recorded at Blackwing and Splendid Studios.

‘Safety In Numbers (Live)’ recorded at Knopf Halle, Hamburg, April 27th 1987. Mixed by Flood at Trident Studios. Engineered by Thomas Kukuck and Gero Von Gerlach.

‘The Soldier’s Return (The Return Of The Radical Radcliffe Mix)’ mixed by Eric Radcliffe.

‘Victim Of Love (Dub Mix)’ mixed by Phil Harding.

‘Don’t Dance (Live)’ and ‘Leave Me To Bleed (Live)’ recorded at The Brighton Dome, April 17th 1987. Produced by Pete Dauncey and Daniel Miller. Engineered by Paul Nixson.

‘Victim Of Love (Extended Mix)’ mixed by Phil Harding.

‘Victim Of Love (Vixen Vitesse Mix)’ mixed by Daniel Miller and Rico Conning.

‘The Soldier’s Return (The Machinery Mix)’ mixed by Eric Radcliffe.

‘If I Could (Japanese Mix)’ mixed by Eric Radcliffe.


Design by Me Company.

LYRICS

SAFETY IN NUMBERS

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

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

THE SOLDIER’S RETURN

Slow the years go by
They stole your man off to war
Will you see the child
As you sing battle songs?

And it pains me
To think of the soldier’s plight
I will pray
For your god to guide you home

And she cries for the soldier’s return
Despair at feeling alone for so long
By the light of the candle that burns
For his life for the day of the soldier’s return

Hear the cannon fire
Lost voices echo in the night
See the spoils of war
Young men are falling, ooh

Hear the drummer
Marching over the hill
Love returning
And the graves of the battle lie still

And she cries for the soldier’s return
Despair at feeling alone for so long
By the light of the candle that burns
For his life for the day of the soldier’s return

Hear the drummer
Marching over the hill
Love returning
And the graves of the battle lie still

And she cries for the soldier’s return
Despair at feeling alone for so long
By the light of the candle that burns
For his life for the day of the soldier’s return
Young men are falling

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

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

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