"Personal Jesus (Depeche Mode cover)" as written by and Martin Lee Gore....
Your own personal Jesus
Someone to hear your prayers
Someone who cares
Your own personal Jesus
Someone to hear your prayers
Someone who's there
Feeling unknown
And you're all alone
Flesh and bone
By the telephone
Lift up the receiver
I'll make you a believer
Take second best
Put me to the test
Things on your chest
You need to confess

I will deliver
You know I'm a forgiver
Reach out and touch faith
Reach out and touch faith
Your own personal Jesus

Feeling unknown
And you're all alone
Flesh and bone
By the telephone
Lift up the receiver
I'll make you a believer

I will deliver
You know I'm a forgiver
Reach out and touch faith
Your own personal Jesus
Reach out and touch faith


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"Personal Jesus" as written by Martin Lee Gore

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    My InterpretationFor me, when I saw the music video, the multi-colored balloons wrapped in a light sheet of plastic could only represent one thing. Heroin.

    As an addict, the drug is really like, "Someone to hear your prayers, someone who cares, and/or someone who's there."

    Often times a user will find themselves alone (with their telephone), and I take the lyrics,
    "Lift up the receiver, I'll make you a believer"
    and
    "I will deliver, you know I'm a forgiver"
    to be about when you're all strung out and alone and you call up the dealer for a fix. Most dealers could care less about you, you're just money. but to the user the dealer is a saint (or Personal Jesus) for giving them their precious drugs.

    These lyrics aside, people seek out religion for many reasons, peace of mind, salvation, hope, eternal life, all of which can be gained by doing dope... for awhile anyway. When I was using, I thought of Heroin as my own little religion. When I was high, I had no problems, or worries, more than any religion has ever done. I'm not trashing religion, but religion requires faith, and I think the song implies that with drugs you can get a religion/faith that you can "reach out and touch."

    I don't know what Depeche Mode was trying to say with this song, or how MM interpreted it. But this is what the song means to me.

    Peace,
    Brian
    XxBrianxXon February 10, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI really like this song. There's just something about it that I like. And Colin, you shouldn't judge people by what they listen to. You wouldn't like being stereotyped into something your not while others don't like being stereotyped by the music they listen to.

    Thats my two cents ^__^
    Windgoddesson December 29, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song was written about Priscilla Presley's book "Elivs & Me" where she describes their relationship and how for several years he was her father, lover and "quite nearly God"
    chippednpon April 07, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis was the first Manson (and, indeed, one of the first "secular") song I ever heard, back when I was still a fundamentalist Christian at the age of 14. I hated it because it mocked my faith, but I loved it regardless. Honestly it helped me become who I am today.
    rhuesteron May 29, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI like it more than the original. I think it's interesting subject matter for Manson, since he did have an album called Antichrist Superstar.
    ValIsAllThaton October 10, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI dont think it's that strange. I've gotta say I haven't heard the original as yet. i am rather keen on this though.
    TaintedGloveon October 14, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI realized after I added it that this version is different from the Lest We Forget version... I like that one more. I wonder why there's two versions floating around. Weird.
    ValIsAllThaton October 15, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's very similar but not quite as great as the depeche mode version.
    Ladyburston October 17, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think it really suits Marilyn's 'mood' or genre in music. although i havent heard the original, i think this is a top song
    silenttears2004on October 18, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is one of my faves of lest we forget. i cant wait to see the concert tonight at the fillmore........... go manson!!!!
    blackrainbow666on November 03, 2004   Link

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