"Everything Counts" as written by and Martin Gore....
The handshake
Seals the contract
From the contracts
There's no turning back
The turning point
Of a career
In career, being insincere
The holiday
Was fun packed
The contract
Still intact
The grabbing hands
Grab all they can
All for themselves
After all
It's a competitive world
Everything counts in large amounts
The graph
On the wall
Tells the story
Of it all
Picture it now
See just how
The lies and deceit
Gained a little more power
Taken in
By a sun tan
And a grin
The grabbing hands
Grab all they can
All for themselves
After all
It's a competitive world
Everything counts in large amounts
The grabbing hands
Grab all they can
Everything counts in large amounts

Lyrics submitted by gasmask, edited by Apikaila1018

"Everything Counts" as written by Martin Gore

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  • +5
    Song MeaningYou people are reading too much into it. I have read many places that this song was their summary of the recording industry, exemplifying all the greed, insincerity and unwarranted self-reverence major labels have for themselves. The Korea line was simply because they were wined and dined especially well (c/o the record company of course) while a world tour of theirs had a few stops over there.
    MrSteve1337on October 08, 2010   Link
  • +4
    Song MeaningThis song is simply about corporate greed and corruption. A popular theme in the money grabbing 1980s.
    DJDiscoon April 23, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General Commentit's about gluttony and indulgence, you greedy bastards!!
    roger wilcoon June 06, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think they used "Korea" just for the rhyme. However, a great song.
    phlegmaton February 27, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentEasily Depeche Mode's best song.
    Cam-winon December 29, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhat about Enjoy The Silence?
    drowninyoursleepon May 26, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYou have to listen to this track from the Mode101 live album. Especially, the last part of the song when the whole stadium sings "the grabbing hands grab all they can, everything counts in large amounts." AWESOME! Wish I was there...
    Mode000on June 30, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe video for this song is crazy .. martin gore gets all funky with his dance style
    numbon March 31, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think they used Korea because this song is about the greedy, back-stabbing nature of capitalism, and Korea is where a lot of mass-produced products are manufactured, with little regard to the well-being of the proletariat manufacturing those products.
    This song was written in the early 80's when the yuppie infestation was at it's peak...
    Nexus7on March 06, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song is pretty self explanatory--I must say, it's always fun to watch my UChicago economic major friends act it out.
    anghockeyon December 29, 2005   Link

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