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"To Cut a Long Story Short" is a 1980 song by Spandau Ballet. It was their first single and reached number 5 on the UK singles chart. It appeared on the album Journeys to Glory.


Inspiration, meaning and use as sample[edit source | editbeta]Edit

The song has been speculated to be about a veteran, perhaps of Vietnam, who is drafted and suffers from PTSD; the lyrics are told from the man's point of view as a boy being drafted, how he gets no answers as to why he must join the war.[2] "To Cut a Long Story Short" was Vince Clarke's inspiration to write Depeche Mode's "Just Can't Get Enough",[3] to which the keyboard style bears a certain similarity.

The signature riff from "To Cut a Long Story Short" is used as a sample looping throughout the Freestylers track "In Love with You" on their album Adventures in Freestyle.[4]

Formats and track listings[edit source | editbeta]Edit

7" single
  1. "To Cut a Long Story Short" — 3:20
  2. "To Cut a Long Story Short" (Instrumental) — 3:20
12" single
  1. "To Cut a Long Story Short" (Mix 1) — 6:30
  2. "To Cut a Long Story Short" (Mix 2) — 3:56
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