She Is Suffering

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"She Is Suffering"
She Is Suffering.jpg
Single by Manic Street Preachers
from the album The Holy Bible
Released3 October 1994
FormatCD, cassette, 10" vinyl
Songwriter(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 alternative rock band Manic Street Preachers. It was released in 1994 by record label Epic as the third and final single from the band's third studio album, The Holy Bible. It is their last single to feature Richey Edwards before his disappearance on 1 February 1995.

It reached number 25 in the UK Singles Chart on 15 October 1994.[2]


According to its lyricist, Richey Edwards, the song's 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". Nicky Wire also noted, "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]


Promotion for the single included James Dean Bradfield performing an acoustic version of the song on RTÉ's Sunday afternoon TV/radio simulcast The Beatbox[4]

Music video[edit]

A promo video for the song was directed by Alfonso Doring, which featured performance clips interspersed with shots of art mannequins.[5] In the music magazine Melody Maker, Wire described the music video to "She Is Suffering" as "absolute shite beyond belief".[4] It was released on the band's Forever Delayed video compilation DVD (2002).[6]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics are written by Richey Edwards and Nicky Wire, except as noted; all music is composed by James Dean Bradfield and Sean Moore.

CD single 1
1."She Is Suffering" (7" radio edit) 4:07
2."Love Torn Us Under" 3:42
3."The Drowners" (featuring Bernard Butler)Brett Anderson, Bernard Butler3:17
4."Stay with Me"Rod Stewart, Ron Wood3:37
CD single 2
1."She Is Suffering" (7" radio edit) 
2."La Tristesse Durera (Scream to a Sigh)" (Vocal Mix) (remixed by The Dust Brothers) 
3."La Tristesse Durera (Scream to a Sigh)" (Dub Mix) (remixed by The Dust Brothers) 
4."Faster" (Dub Mix) (remixed by The Dust Brothers) 
10" vinyl
1."She Is Suffering" (7" radio edit) 4:04
2."The Drowners" (live) (featuring Bernard Butler)Anderson, Butler3:17
3."Stay with Me" (live)Stewart, Wood3:36
1."She Is Suffering" (7" radio edit) 
2."Love Torn Us Under" 
  • All live tracks recorded at the Clapham Grand, London, England on 2 March 1994 in aid of the Philip Hall Memorial Fund for Cancer Research.


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


  1. ^ Trendell, Andrew (23 September 2014). "Manic Street Preachers' The Holy Bible: the tracks ranked". Gigwise. Retrieved 19 April 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Manic Street Preachers". Official Charts. Retrieved 18 March 2015.
  3. ^ "The Holy Bible – According to Nicky and Richey". Retrieved 18 March 2015.
  4. ^ a b Price 1999.
  5. ^ "[A67] 'She Is Suffering'". Manic Street Preachers: A Critical Discography. Retrieved 26 October 2015.
  6. ^ Power, Martin (17 October 2010). Manic Street Preachers. Omnibus Press.