"Blasphemous Rumours" as written by and Martin Gore....
Girl of sixteen, whole life ahead of her
Slashed her wrists, bored with life
Didn't succeed, thank the Lord
For small mercies
Fighting back the tears, mother reads the note again
Sixteen candles burn in her mind
She takes the blame, it's always the same
She goes down on her knees and prays
I don't want to start any blasphemous rumours
But I think that God's got a sick sense of humor
And when I die I expect to find Him laughing
Girl of eighteen, fell in love with everything
Found new life in Jesus Christ
Hit by a car, ended up
On a life support machine
Summer's day, as she passed away
Birds were singing in the summer sky
Then came the rain, and once again
A tear fell from her mother's eye
I don't want to start any blasphemous rumours
But I think that God's got a sick sense of humor
And when I die I expect to find Him laughing

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  • +3
    General CommentDear Marcel Dwayne,

    It appears intellect is the one thing you sadly don't have. There are very few people who can rightly claim to be atheist. Those people are the ones who have read and understood Hawking's 'A Brief history of time.' Until then we'll file you under agnostic shall we?

    It appears that you didn't research Christianity very broadly at all. There are certainly some churches who prey off emotion but the many I've involved myself with over the years are all about logical realities and what not. Stop painting pictures of Christians as ignorant people who act soley on, and are slaves to, their emotions.

    I look at this song as a way of attempting to understand the age old question 'Why do bad things happen to good person.' [and reverse - why do good things happen to bad people.]

    The girl attempting suicide can be seen as 'bad' from the standpoint that she was bored with life, an entirely selfish reason to want to kill yourself. Yet somehow she's saved. Rock on to a few years later and she's turned her life around, accepted God and is viewed as a 'good' person, yet her life is cut short then. Why? There's no clear and easy answer for it and I think everyone has their ideas, the lyrics in this song being one of those.

    And Marcel Dwayne, you can no more prove God doesn't exist than I can prove he does. It's a catch-22 I'll admit but just because you don't believe in God doesn't mean others can't, and your opinion on this matter makes you no better or worse than anyone else. Whatever their opinion may be.
    ashaon March 05, 2005   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI just wanna say to all of you who are pontificating about Depeche Mode's view of religion and Martin's religious beliefs: This song was written and recorded when Alan Wilder was a member of the band. Although he had just joined 2 years earlier, his influence on their musical style AND on the content of their lyrics was profound on Some Great Reward(which this song was the final track on). Even though Martin Gore is credited with writing this song, there is no doubt that Alan had something to do with the inspiration for it as Alan Wilder has been very open about the fact that he is a fervent Atheist and has always been extremely scornful or organized religion. Since his departure from Depeche Mode, the bands lyrics have become even more spiritual and overtly religious in the sense of mentioning God directly. One could argue that the spirituality found on SOFAB is what drove Alan to departure.
    Sozlukon December 18, 2011   Link
  • +2
    Song MeaningOk, I totally love this song. It is emotionally charged and has a suspense aspect to it. However, I do not listen to it anymore. In fact, I have probably not listened to it for the past 8 years or so.

    I perceive the lyrics to be blasphemous. Martin or the 'speaker' says: "I don't want to start any blasphemous rumours, BUT ..." But he chooses to utter/share his blasphemous thoughts anyway.

    It's as straight forward as it gets. He thinks that God has a sick sense of humour. God created us with free will, so you can choose to think, say, express etc. whatever you like. If you are a Christian, however, you bound by Gods laws your sin is forgiven, if you choose Christ as your Redeemer or Saviour.

    Religion (incl. atheism) is a personal choice.

    If you are a Christian, you cannot do anything about other’s 'hard hearts', except to pray for them.

    A question for anti-Christ’s or atheists: Have you tried reading or studying the bible as an adult?
    My premonition is that if you have taken the time to do this you would change your views and you won't be bogged down with life like many of the previous writers in this forum have expressed about their own lives.
    If you haven’t, realize that your opinion on God or Christianity for that matter is an uninformed opinion and that the opposite is true for Christians. Christians struggle with faith all the time and without difficulty has insight into the ‘atheistic’ or ‘easy-path’ viewpoint.
    For the last 8 years or so, I have been tempted to listen to this song many times but have been able to resist. I love DM and many of their songs.
    Personally, I listen to any one’s songs, even metal (incl. Trash) and many other genres. If a particular song makes me uncomfortable I delete it or just don’t listen to it, but still respect the artists’ views.
    Why shouldn’t I listen to a wide variety? A Christian does not have to be unhappy or restricted from enjoying life. You should just know where the boundaries are.
    With this song in particular, before I can help myself, I am singing “Don’t wanna start any blasphemous rumours...” and I know I am just giving in and dishonouring Him. So, I rather just listen to some other DM stuff or other music.

    Well, that’s my 5 cents worth.
    Truepalon March 24, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song is about how life isn't fair, nothing more nothing less.
    Mimzy1989on December 15, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe pope condemned DM for this song. How hilarious. The meaning's pretty obvious. Still when Dave sings "Summers day as she passed away" I still get a tinge of depression. Awsome song.
    Helixion June 12, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentits pretty clear what the song is about.
    A girl is bored with life, wants to end it, tries and fails.
    When she finally loves life and wants it god takes her life away.
    DP is saying god must have a sick sense of humor for his ways.
    Alexis507on February 17, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is about questioning God's intentions and his power. Depeche Mode were touring Eastern Europe and Asia at the time and Martin Gore saw a lot of poverty and hard things. Similar to what we see each day on the news in regards to Africa & Afghanistan... he probably saw that first hand.

    If you haven't noticed, a lot of Depeche Mode's songs are about challenging God's relationship with Man.
    depmode21on December 20, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti love this song, but i hate the message that it sends, i am an active catholic
    neight888on October 20, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI've taken the obvious route with this song-it's about suicide or @ least a teenage girl attempting it
    and most religions it is a sin to commit suicide. But in my own personal experience I met a woman who as as teeanger had a fight with her mother and was in a car wreck. Well she'd woke up in the hospital and unplug herself-all of her O2 and IV. Causing permanant brain damage. She is a for lack of a better word a vegetable. So I think the part "as she passed away on a summer's day,birds were singing
    in the summer sky"...refers to the girl suriving her suicide attempt in a vegetative state and eventually years later passing on...
    Thia007on November 19, 2011   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningAhh,"Blasphemous Rumours", the story of a girl who fails a suicide attempt, then converts to Christianity only to be hit by a car and die.
    Redemption Equals Death indeed
    TKProdoctionson August 22, 2013   Link

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