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This was inspired by Priscilla Presley's book Elvis And Me, where she described their relationship. Martin Gore of Depeche Mode said: "It's a song about being a Jesus for somebody else, someone to give you hope and care. It's about how Elvis was her man and her mentor and how often that happens in love relationships - how everybody's heart is like a god in some way, and that's not a very balanced view of someone, is it?"
Johnny Cash did a stripped-down version on his 2002 album American IV, The Man Comes Around. Martin Gore revealed to The London Times that the band were unaware that Cash had covered this song. When they heard about the Country legend's recording, the threesome were naturally thrilled. Said Gore: "I think when you're somebody of Johnny Cash's caliber, you don't ask for permission."
Cash explained why he chose to cover this song (as quoted in Mojo October 2013) "I heard that as a gospel song. And if you think of it as a gospel song, it works really well. We didn't have any major disagreement over that song, I just heard that a couple of people had recorded it, the writer wanted me to try it, and I did, and I loved it. And I went for it."
This was the biggest-selling 12-inch single in Warner Brothers history to that point.
Marilyn Manson covered this on their 2004 album Lest We Forget. (thanks, Elliot - St. Louis, MO)
The 2008 Hillary Duff song "Reach Out
" is based on this track. Duff's song changes the lyrics from "Reach out and touch faith" to "Reach out and touch me
Marilyn Manson's version was used in the trailer for the 2011 movie Priest. (thanks, Charlie - Las Vegas, NV)
Lajon Witherspoon of Sevendust
The Sevendust frontman talks about the group's songwriting process, and how trips to the Murder Bar helped forge their latest album.