"Clean" as written by and Martin Lee Gore....
You went out there on your own
You went out there to carry the weight
And nobody here goes free

You went to wear the crown of thorns
To throw the first stone at yourself
Cause nobody here is clean
And you gave yourself away
And you gave yourself away

Every finger is pointing at you
Everything is accusing you
Everybody is needing a scapegoat
So you got out there
And you gave yourself away
And you gave yourself away
And you gave yourself away

You're hit in the face
You're spit in the face
Now where is your God
And where is your grace

You're hit in the face
You're spit in the face
Now where is your God
And where is your grace

You're hit in the face
You're spit in the face
Now where is your God
And where is your grace


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"Clean" as written by Martin Gore

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    General CommentAgain, Deep Elm scores. A great Indie label signs yet another great Indie, Post-Punk, emo band. I dig up on these lyrics...nothing to do with a weekend at the mall, hitting on boys, or pop, bubblegum sencelessness. Music for non-yuppies. Rock out.
    CatSneezeron September 16, 2002   Link
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    General CommentMan, catsneezer, I had a feeling you would have posten here. Thanks for telling me about this CD, it rocks...the song is just, so...wow. Great. Martyr by choice, and then losing faith, so uncertain. I dunno, it just is great.
    shortgirl_05on September 24, 2002   Link
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    General Commentgreat,well written song...another masterpiece by TBM..beautiful song..
    Arienetteon March 09, 2003   Link
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    General Commentthis song is amazing... awarded my "favorite song" for about a week (that's good). the lyrics... amazing... and the way they are done... great music
    tieyourshoeson March 26, 2003   Link
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    General CommentWhat does it mean?
    Kabala33on October 04, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. He went out there to carry the weight (of the sins of the world),
    to wear the crown of thorns (see Matthew 27:29 and John 19:2)...
    Because nobody here (in the world) is clean (without sin).
    "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus." -- Romans 3:23-24

    "...Everybody is needing a scapegoat..." Jesus became our scapegoat when He died on the cross. He took the blame.

    "...You're hit in the face, You're spit in the face..."
    (see Matthew 27:30 and John 19:3)

    So basically, we aren't clean but Jesus is clean (without sin). So He became our scapegoat, to save us.
    iwasdeadthenaliveon May 20, 2005   Link
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    General Commentiwasdeadthenalive:
    the lyrics are pretty vague, but i guess your interpretation does make sense.
    great song.
    vulgaron February 16, 2007   Link

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