''Missionary Man'' opened the album 'Revenge' and became a lynchpin song on the Revenge tour. I wanted to create a spiritual feeling at the opening of the song. I felt like an alchemist cooking up a weird brew of blues, rock and voodoo, with a strange mixture of guitars, synthesizers, backwards noises, and harmonica that spiraled toward the opening line, 'Well I was born an original sinner.' This was the perfect way to take our shows to another level." - Dave Stewart
"Missionary Man'' had to do with my slight dabbling with Hare Krishna. They're very similar to other fundamentalist religions, they want to go back to the old days, family values, us and them. I think Western society is really f--ked up - and just wanted to do what's right for them. But you have to beware of people giving you answers to everything. I found hypocrisy and double standards." - Annie Lennox
''Now with ''Missionary Man'' this quirky electro duo from the UK won a grammy for Best Rock Vocal Performance by a group. I was the ''man with a mission'', as the song says and we mutated from pop stars into rock stars overnight. - Dave Stewart
''THE STORY BEHIND THE SONG''
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