She Is Suffering

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"She Is Suffering"
Single by Manic Street Preachers
from the album The Holy Bible
Released 3 October 1994
Format CD, cassette, 10" vinyl
Genre Alternative rock, post-punk[1]
Length 4:43
4:04 (7" radio edit)
Label Epic
Writer(s) James Dean Bradfield, Sean Moore, Nicky Wire, Richey Edwards
Producer(s) Steve Brown
Manic Street Preachers singles chronology
"She Is Suffering"
"A Design for Life"

"She Is Suffering" is a song by the Welsh rock band Manic Street Preachers. It was released on 3 October 1994 as the third single from the band's third studio album, The Holy Bible. It reached number 25 in the UK Singles Chart on 15 October 1994.[2]


According to Richey James Edwards, the title refers to "Desire. In other bibles and holy books, no truth is possible until you empty yourself of desire. All commitment otherwise is fake/lies/economic convenience.".[3] Nicky Wire also said "It's quite a simple song, both musically and lyrically. It's kind of like the Buddhist thing where you can only reach eternal peace by shedding every desire in your body."[3] In the music magazine Melody Maker, Nicky Wire described the video to "She Is Suffering" as "absolute shite beyond belief". The video received little airplay but is included on the band's Forever Delayed DVD (2002). Promotion for the single included James Dean Bradfield performing an acoustic version of the song on RTE's Sunday afternoon TV/radio simulcast The Beatbox.

Track listing[edit]

Music by James Dean Bradfield and Sean Moore, lyrics by Nicky Wire and Richey James, except where noted.

  1. "She Is Suffering" (7" radio edit) – 4:07
  2. "Love Torn Us Under" – 3:42
  3. "The Drowners" (Brett Anderson/Bernard Butler) – 3:17
  4. "Stay with Me" (featuring Bernard Butler) (Rod Stewart/Ron Wood) – 3:37
CD2 featuring remixes by The Dust Brothers (aka The Chemical Brothers)
  1. "She Is Suffering" (7" radio edit)
  2. "La Tristesse Durera (Scream to a Sigh)" (Vocal Mix)
  3. "La Tristesse Durera (Scream to a Sigh)" (Dub Mix)
  4. "Faster" (Dub Mix)
  1. "She Is Suffering" (7" radio edit) – 4:04
  2. "The Drowners" (live) (Anderson/Butler) – 3:17
  3. "Stay with Me" (live featuring Bernard Butler) (Stewart/Wood) – 3:36
  1. "She Is Suffering" (7" radio edit)
  2. "Love Torn Us Under"


Chart (1994) Peak
UK Singles Chart[2] 25
UK Top 40
Week 01 02


  1. ^ Trendell, Andrew (23 September 2014). "Manic Street Preachers' The Holy Bible: Tracks Ranked". Gigwise. Retrieved 29 October 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Manic Street Preachers - Official Single Charts". Official Charts Company. Retrieved September 1, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b The Holy Bible - According To Nicky And Richey,, retrieved 26 June 2011