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

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 Lyrics as written by Martin Gore

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  • +3
    General Comment

    I think it is about Hitler.

    SteamMachineon May 15, 2007   Link
  • +3
    General Comment

    It'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
  • +1
    General Comment

    Sounds 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

    Very 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
  • +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
  • +1
    My Opinion

    It'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
  • 0
    General Comment

    Pretty 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 Comment

    It refers to a novel in Dino Buzzati's book, Il Colombre (1966)

    denjabon June 24, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    Excuse me: SOME of the women were pregnant by selected S.S. soldiers to preserve the "arian" race.

    Armandoon March 24, 2008   Link
  • -1
    General Comment

    OK 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

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