“Only Jesus” is the new version of “Personal Jesus” (Martin L.Gore).Published by EMI Music Publishing Ltd.
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“There have been a few covers of “Personal Jesus”, of which two stand out, both released in the early 2000s by very divergent artists: the freakishly dressed hard-rock provocateur Marilyn Manson, and septuagenarian country singer and devout Christian Johnny Cash”, says Financial Times article when speaking about on how the hit vaulted Depeche Mode to lasting legitimacy!
“That’s probably the most evangelical song [I’ve] ever recorded,” said Cash, who had released versions of countless gospel songs. “I don’t know that the writer ever meant it to be that, but that’s what it is.”
In 1989, the band set up in Milan to work on their new 7th album, Violator. “Personal Jesus” was inspired by Elvis and Me, Priscilla Presley’s memoir, released four years earlier. “It’s about how Elvis was her man and mentor,” songwriter Martin Lee Gore told Rolling Stone, “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?”