"Sweetest Perfection" as written by and Martin Lee Gore....
The sweetest perfection
To call my own
The slightest correction
Couldn't finely hone
The sweetest infection
Of body and mind
Sweetest injection
Of any kind
I stop and I stare too much
Afraid that I care too much
And I hardly dare to touch
For fear that the spell may be broken
When I need a drug in me
And it brings out the thug in me
Feel something tugging me
Then I want the real thing not tokens
The sweetest perfection...
Things you'd expect to be
Having effect on me
Pass undetectedly
But everyone knows what has got me
Takes me completely
Touches so sweetly
Reaches so deeply
I know that nothing can stop me
Sweetest perfection
An offer was made
An assorted collection
But I wouldn't trade
The sweetest perfection...
Takes me completely
Touches so sweetly
Reaches so deeply
Nothing can stop me


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"Sweetest Perfection" as written by Martin Gore

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  • +2
    General CommentThis song is about being completely taken by something that at once felt so beautiful. It's about an addiction and I don't believe drugs are the only addiction covered in this song. It IS an extremely powerful song and longing for perfection is what we naturally all strive for......ironic how the sweetest perfection really isn't sweet or perfect at all!
    depechevixxenon June 08, 2003   Link
  • +2
    General Commentwhen I first heard this song, I imagined that the singer was an artist (in the sense of painting, sculptures, etc)
    and that he was talking about his current art piece that he was working on...
    Sometimes people become obsessed with thier projects, and it may appear like an addiction...

    "Things you'd expect to be
    Having effect on me
    Pass undetectedly
    But everyone knows what has got me"

    could be the project "speaking" to him while he's working on it...
    Snowdog2112Robon January 18, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe heroin interpretation behind 'injection' and 'drug' is almost too obvious for me. I like more subtlety in my lyrics. This could also be about a relationship or anything else, really. But obviously it makes the most sense about heroin. Great song anyway, the atmosphere of the music is so dark and seductive.
    Silverdewon October 29, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis song for me speaks about anorexia.
    "The sweetest perfection
    To call my own
    The slightest correction
    Couldn't finely hone
    The sweetest infection
    Of body and mind
    Sweetest injection
    Of any kind

    I stop and I stare too much
    Afraid that I care too much"
    Anorexia is a strive for perfection and it's something that one begins to call their own, it becomes the only thing that you have the one thing that you hold onto and you belive that no on can take it away from you.

    "Things you'd expect to be
    Having effect on me
    Pass undetectedly
    But everyone knows what has got me"
    Everyone begins to see what is going on with you, and you notice the effects to but they are also not good enough for you, but you begin to feel lik eyou are being found out and all you want to do is keep it to yourself. sorry, maybe i made this a little to long. I just enjoy reading these song lyrics over again and alway sget more out of it.
    deadrainon November 02, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's an analogy. He's describing the general feeling of obsession and desire with the feeling you get from heroin...it could be a girl, a work of art...anything, but that satisfaction itself that you get when something is perfect and you just want it continue forever....that's what he's talking about.
    glade90on June 24, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about being completely taken by something that at once felt so beautiful. It's about an addiction and I don't believe drugs are the only addiction covered in this song. It IS an extremely powerful song and longing for perfection is what we naturally all strive for......ironic how the sweetest perfection really isn't sweet or perfect at all!
    depechevixxenon June 08, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYou could have truer words on this song depechvixxen. I agree with you completely but, I also think that ALL songs have the meaning that you interperet.
    Xzecon June 10, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI would agree...it almost seems like a stalkerish kind of lust for a woman that is in his eyes perfect....just what I think anyway
    AnthonyEliteon March 20, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenta cruel or vicious ruffian, robber, or murderer. cutthroat or ruffian. Thug isn't such a bad word to use, it can mean many images of different people. "Drugs have brought out the thug in me" No what is said exaclly, but I feel the same way. Some addicts begin to steal and whatnot, do whatever they must to get their high. That's when the "thug" in the person comes out.
    deadrainon November 02, 2006   Link
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    General Commentlots of songs are about love. i believe this one is about it as well. the sweetest perfection being the person you are in love with. they are perfect in your eyesand the are now yours. [to call my own] there is no need for correction, you cant go beyond perfect.[the slightest correction couldnt finely hone] spell meaning the love spell. you are afraid to do things, touch, say things for fear that it could make the other person think differently of you [spell may be broken] without love, before you've met that one person, you want love, you long for it, it drives you crazy seeing people around you happy, making love a drug to cure your sickness. so yes i believe this song is about love. (:
    bloodntears91on February 04, 2007   Link

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