"Shouldn't Have Done That" as written by and Martin Lee Gore....
Plans made in the nursery
Can change the course of history
Remember that

Mummy's annoyed, says go and play
Don't show your face
Stay away all day
Shouldn't have done that

A small boy and his infantry
Marching around so naturally
Shouldn't have done that

Grows up and goes to school
Such a nice boy
Obeys all the rules
Mummy's proud of that

Leaves school to follow his ambition
Knows what he wants
To be a politician
Shouldn't have done that!


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"Shouldn't Have Done That" as written by Martin Gore

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  • +2
    General CommentI think it is about Hitler.
    SteamMachineon May 15, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSounds like this boy's mother, by her indifferent, detatched style of parenting would turn any kid into a fine soldier--"I was just following orders." I could hear this man say during his testimony at the Nuremburg Trials!
    pharmageekon September 15, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"Plans made in the nursery..." I think it's about Lebensborn, some kind of Institute in the Nazi Germany where the pregnant women had "to donate" their children to the country. Those babies didn't grow with their mothers.
    Armandoon March 24, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPretty simple view on how someone can evolve into a dictator. Definitly not about Adolf Hitler then, though the sound of an army marching perfectly in steps appears in the song.
    greyfoxon June 04, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt refers to a novel in Dino Buzzati's book, Il Colombre (1966)
    denjabon June 24, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentVery interesting is reversed second part of the song. It's a story about a bird told by Martin:

    The big bird is pecking
    The little bird is pecking as well
    The big bird has got more worms than the little bird
    So the little bird doesn’t like this
    He’s after the worms that are really owned by the big bird
    He flies over to the big birds worms
    Oh and what joy it was when he got those worms
    And he flew away
    He flew onto the top of the mountain
    The big bird was too fat
    He couldn't fly
    Radekon January 29, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentExcuse me: SOME of the women were pregnant by selected S.S. soldiers to preserve the "arian" race.
    Armandoon March 24, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOK GUYS, I see You have a problem to solve it out. HERE IS SOLUTION.
    Basecillly is about cover your descending.
    Martin as a clever and well-read person knew that jewish people are hiding betweeen us and plenty of them want to become polititians and bosses of big companys. (If you believe in it or not it's happening every day in all of the european countrys and Martin was telling abut this not only in this song). Martin knew that couse he liked read books.
    So beasicly jewish people are learned from young age to hide thier jewish heritage. And then after grew-up they taking big jobs. It's all set up from beggining. But when they small they're parents are keep telling them to never say that they jewish. Even if someone will tell some stupied joke about jews. YOU HAVE to keep laugh with them!. Couse your mission is to pretend european, and when you grow up you'll be prime minister. (I HOPE THEY DON'T REMOVE MY COMMENT ONLY BECAUSE
    I USED WORD WITH j.)
    albertdropon April 13, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's all about the rise of Adolf Hitler! I went back stage, questioned M. Gore about it, he said, "Correct in your assumption". End of story(stories)!
    lakerkenon September 16, 2014   Link
  • 0
    My OpinionIt's similar to other songs alluding to World War II in Europe, as people feared nationalism. Historically, Britain was fiercely brainwashing their youth, then the youth began rebelling (rock and roll). I believe this song is calling out the mistake of letting the government raise your children instead of raising your children yourself.
    thomas1122on March 18, 2017   Link

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