Album: True (1983)
Charted: 1 4
  • (Ha-ha-ha, ha-ah-hi)
    (Ha-ha-ha, ha-ah-hi)

    So true
    Funny how it seems
    Always in time, but never in line for dreams
    Head over heels, went toe to toe
    This is the sound of my soul
    This is the sound

    I bought a ticket to the world
    But now I've come back again
    Why do I find it hard to write the next line?
    I want the truth to be said

    (Ha-ha-ha, ha-ah-hi)
    I know this much is true
    (Ha-ha-ha, ha-ah-hi)
    I know this much is true

    With a thrill in my head and a pill on my tongue
    Dissolve the nerves that have just begun
    Listening to Marvin all night long
    This is the sound of my soul
    This is the sound

    Always slipping from my hands
    Sand's a time of its own
    Take your seaside arms and write the next line
    I want the truth to be known

    (Ha-ha-ha, ha-ah-hi)
    I know this much is true
    (Ha-ha-ha, ha-ah-hi)
    Ooh, I know this much is true

    I know this much is true

    I bought a ticket to the world
    But now I've come back again
    Why do I find it hard to write the next line?
    I want the truth to be
    I want the truth to be said

    (Ha-ha-ha, ha-ah-hi)
    I know this much is true
    (Ha-ha-ha, ha-ah-hi)
    I know this much is true

    I know this much is true

    This much is a true

    This much is true-ooh
    This much is true-ooh-ooh
    This much is true-ooh
    This much is true-ooh-ooh

    There's a thrill in my head and a pill on my tongue
    Dissolve the nerves that have just begun
    Listening to Marvin all night long

    This much is true-ooh
    This much is true-ooh-ooh

    This is the sound

    This much is true-ooh
    This much is true-ooh-ooh

    I bought a ticket to the world

    This much is true-ooh
    This much is true-ooh-ooh

    I bought a ticket to the world

    This much is true-ooh
    This much is true-ooh-ooh Writer/s: Gary James Kemp
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Comments: 30

  • Siahara Shyne Carter from United StatesThe first line ;-)
    and

    Chorus: I know this much is Truuuueeeeee This much is true This much truueee

    I still heated this on radio
  • Max from California This song rules!
  • Bob from MichiganIt's not documented, but it sure sounds to me that the chorus begins with "I-I-I-I'm high - I know this much is true". And the line about a "pill on my tongue" reinforces this idea. I could certainly be wrong and reading into it... but that's what it sounds like to me.
  • Don from Sevierville, TnI cannot stand this song!
  • George from Vancouver, CanadaDid Tears for Fears do this song, too?
  • John from Canon City, CoOne thing many people are missing out on is the cut in the end of the song. It's original length is 6:30. This is where some of the richest sounds are found. Throughout the song TRUE, Spandau Ballet used a PROPHET-5 synthesizer to flow along with many parts of the bass track, complimenting in a piano sound. The 5 polyphonic monochrome style synthesizer enabled waveless strings-straight as an arrow, the initial atmosphere synth melody and the unique piano/bass sounds.
  • Mark from Providence, Riand tell me who, who doesn't love a little power ballad, mixed with a little techno, mixed with a little rock and roll & TO top off the cherry on the cake of it all a freaking sax. Uuuuh! What a phenominal tune! The epitome of the 1980's! Bravo! ps: song is memorialized in the film 16 candles at the HS dance.
  • Shane from Los Angeles, CaOne of my all-time favorite songs with great depth. After thinking about this song for a long time, I believe the overall point of the song is this: The author/singer wants to tell the truth but he never does. He says "I know this much is true" but never finishes his sentence, and he never gets to the truth. It's irony at its best.
  • Jennifer from Brisbane, Australiaive heard this song play at many weddings, its a true love song and the words "seaside arms" come from the most magnificent novel
  • Camille from Toronto, OhWhat is it that makes this song a classic? The perfect blend of singer's voice, lyrics, melody, and that catch phrase "I know this much is true" sung various ways throughout the song. Fabulous saxophone, too, that seems to express, perhaps, in sound, those words the writer is searching for in vain. And, by the way, this is another one of those songs that women hear and think, yeah, I'd like the man of my dreams to be singing this to me.
  • Melissa from Windsor, CanadaTo me, the lyrics, "I bought a ticket to the world ... write the next line" mean "I was going to start over and I left so that you wouldn't destract me, but I couldn't leave because I realized I don't want this to be over: now the ball is in your court - I'm leaving the next move up to you."
    To me, this song as a whole is about actually WRITING a song (or story or novel) that is essentially a CONFESSION by the author about his love for someone. The song or story can be written FOR the loved one as a revelation of his feelings OR it could be written ABOUT the couple's relationship as a sort of tell-all. I think this because of the references to Nabakov's Lolita - this novel was a tell-all that the character writes while he is in prison about the unrequited love of an under-aged girl. Because of the references to Lolita, I think the song could be interpreted as being about unrequited love, and possibly also about loving someone it would be inappropriate to be with. I also think a kind of fall from grace could be implied, as the author of Lolita writes his story after being arrested. It could be about so many things or situations, and I think that's one of the reasons this song is so great!
  • Tony Cook from London, United Kingdomspendau was a prison, and r hess was there till hes death, nuff said, just a brill song and have to agree with paul of london, sends chills down my spine and reminds me of my saled days (if you will excuse the pun) back in the 80s when everything seemed so right.
  • Siobhan from Harrogate, United KingdomWhat are sea side arms??? wrap your seaside arms around me and write the next line!!!!???
  • Travis from Grandisland, FlAlso to add is that when Steve sing "True" in Wedding Singer(which is at the end of the movie) he improvises the line "Robbie and Jullli a aa a"

    Also I love this song a great 80's pop classic.
  • Travis from Grandisland, Fl"True" was also sung by Steve Buscemi in the movie Wedding Singer(1998) starring Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler.

    And was done again in the film 50 First Dates(2004) which then was performed by Will I Am and Fergie, but the lyrics are changed for rapping in the Will I Am parts
  • Greg from Batavia, NyThis song was popular when my daughter was less than a year old. I used to dance her to sleep to it. She's getting married in a few weeks and she dosn't know it yet but this will be our father-daughter dance.
  • Fulu Thompho from Limpopo, South Africawhat is it that is true? somebody should provide an explanation. i wanna know what is "true" in this song. But anyway i love it.
  • Dale from Santa Fe, NmThe song seems to be Kemp drawing an analogy between his life and Marvin Gaye's.
  • Russ from Richmond, VaThis song was about taking acid and expanding your horizions. It's a beautiful song but not once does it reference anything regarding "love". Thrill in my head, pill on my tounge... Sound of my soul... Seaside arms... Bought my ticket to the world (LSD)... Hard to write the next line.. This much is true! This guy is writing based on a very deep LSD inspired evening.
  • Sui from Cebu City, OtherSeems like Drew Barrymore love the song True...it's in 50 First Dates and Charlie's Angels.
  • Neal from North, NjI know this much is... TrUUUuee! hahaha
  • Stu from Fife, ScotlandYou need to be careful which sources you trust on the net! Spandau prison was in the capital, Berlin. It was built in 1876 and so existed long before WWII. It was not an Auschwitz-like death camp with gas chambers. The prisoners who were hung at Spandau were the senior Nazis found guilty at the Nuremberg trials. They were sentenced to death on 1 October 1946 and hanged on 6 October 1946. Other senior Nazis, like Rudolf Hess, were imprisoned there, too.
  • Billy Rhythm from Rockland, MeLuke, what I find on the net is that the prisoners of Spandau were gassed, not hung. Google "spandau ballet nazi," and it's easy to find.
  • Luke from Manchester, EnglandWhere my last post IS true (pardon the pun), the band changed their name after seeing some Grafiti in Berlin after being called 'the Makers'
  • Luke from Manchester, EnglandyduR, Knoxville - Stop talking out of your arse son... When inmates of the Spandau prison were hung, the corpses moved on the rope, seeming to dance as the last breath escaped, this was known as the "Spandau Ballet"
  • Adam from Poplar Bluff, MoWill.i.am and Fergie from the Black Eyed Peas did a reinterpretation of this song for the 50 First Dates Soundtrack that was decent.
  • Ydur from Knoxville, TnSpandau was a special prison built for Nazi war criminals at the end of the Nuremburg trials. A "Spandau Ballet" was a homosexual courtship/seduction between the inmates. In the end, it was solely occupied by Rudolph Hess.
  • Paul from London, EnglandThis is my Ultimate Chill-Out Summer Song of all-time and one of the few songs ever to send chills down my spine. I love this song and Tony Hadley's vocals really shine here.
  • Jammon from Jammon, EnglandHas Something to do with Marvin Gaye ('Listening to Marvin, all night long)
  • K from Leicester Uk, EnglandNelly, also used this song to sample in his song N Dey Say, which is his fifth single (in the UK off his double album SweatSuit.
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