The song samples a 1943 recording of the traditional folk song "God's Gonna Cut You Down" by Bill Landford and the Landfordaires.
Moby told Rolling Stone that this, "was one of the first songs written and it was really hard to put together, because it has so many samples in it. I didn't use computers at this point, it was all done with stand-alone samplers. When it was finished, I collapsed in exhaustion."
Many artists have recorded versions of "God's Gonna Cut You Down." Moby said to Rolling Stone: " I didn't know this when I recorded it, but it's a standard. Everybody's done it. Elvis Presley did a version of it, Johnny Cash did it. If you were a gospel or country star, everyone covered that song. And I had no idea."
This was used in an advert for the Renault Kangoo car.
The song "Sadeness" by Enigma (the one with the chanting monks), got its name from the French novelist Marquis de Sade, who believed sex had to be painful in order to be pleasurable - thus the word "sadism."