"People Are People" as written by and Martin Lee Gore....
People are people so why should it be
You and I should get along so awfully
So we're different colours
And we're different creeds
And different people have different needs
It's obvious you hate me
Though I've done nothing wrong
I never even met you
So what could I have done
I can't understand
What makes a man
Hate another man
Help me understand
People are people so why should it be
You and I should get along so awfully
Help me understand
Now you're punching and you're kicking
And you're shouting at me
I'm relying on your common decency
So far it hasn't surfaced
But I'm sure it exists
It just takes a while to travel
From your head to your fist
I can't understand
What makes a man
Hate another man
Help me understand


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"People Are People" as written by Martin Gore

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  • +2
    General Comment"Don't judge a Book by it's cover"
    Qsqawon July 06, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis is a really good song.
    lordguatamaon October 23, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song is awesome because it gets its point across.
    devakion November 14, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General Commentbest lesson wrapped-up in a song ever.
    dark_eyez_666on June 10, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI may only be 14 but i love this music and i think it means like most people think it does. dont judge by looks but by the inside.
    Silverdragon747on August 30, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI don't think it lacks depth, it just puts a complex and sensitive issue-discrimination/racism in a simple way that everyone can understand and relate to. It has a positive message, I like it.
    musicappreciation66on February 23, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti think the reason this song is so simple is because this is a complicated issue. even though nearly everyone agrees with the message of the song, no one can seem to make this stop. racism is still strong and so is hate and this song is asking why it's so hard to stop in a simple way. also, the way this song sounds makes it sound as though it's through the eyes of a simple minded child, asking important questions that people don't ask themselves enough these days.
    demeteron August 03, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis songs about racism. So we're different colours
    And we're different creeds It's still such a cool and relevant song. Stop stupid violence over superficial differences.
    Helixion June 12, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentin the music video the singer looks like hes 12 when he sings the verse:

    So we're different colours
    And we're different creeds
    And different people have different needs
    It's obvious you hate me
    Though I've done nothing wrong
    I never even met you
    So what could I have done

    its actually kinda funny.
    kingboy18on April 24, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe lack of depth makes the meaning of the song irrefutable. If the song was any more abstract the meaning of it would probably be lost on easy listeners.
    monkeymoogleon December 21, 2004   Link

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