"Precious" as written by and Martin Lee Gore....
Precious and fragile things
Need special handling
My God what have we done to You?

We always try to share
The tenderest of care
Now look what we have put You through

Things get damaged
Things get broken
I thought we'd manage
But words left unspoken
Left us so brittle
There was so little left to give

Angels with silver wings
Shouldn't know suffering
I wish I could take the pain for you

If God has a master plan
That only He understands
I hope it's your eyes He's seeing through

Things get damaged
Things get broken
I thought we'd manage
But words left unspoken
Left us so brittle
There was so little left to give

I pray you learn to trust
Have faith in both of us
And keep room in your heart for two

Things get damaged
Things get broken
I thought we'd manage
But words left unspoken
Left us so brittle
There was so little left to give


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"Precious" as written by Martin Gore

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  • +5
    General CommentAnother fine example of how Martin Gore has the ability to see things from a perspective of absolute clarity. Having been a child that went through divorce I would have liked to think that my parents thought this way, but I don't believe they did. It is an ugly process, and in families with children there is unavoidable collateral damage. In a way only Gore can craft, his plea to God is groundshaking. I hope if you have a master plan, that you are seeing the result of what you have created through the eyes of the innocent that are sentenced to live through the strife. That is absolute revelation that he understands the situation his children find themselves in. If Martin Gore had lived and died a long time ago, no doubt he would be held in the same breath of some of the poets and literaries that the world holds dear today.
    hvacigaron March 20, 2012   Link
  • +4
    General CommentTo me it's seems like it's idealism in love. Witnessing your loved ones beauty and optimism in the face of a very apathetic and bleak humanity, and believing that love and all things good will prevail in the end.

    Inevitably, their soft heart is crushed under the weight of the masses expectations of survival in the world, and that initial beauty you fell in love with in regards to them is slowly fading away. Kind of like the innocence of a child being destroyed, and wanting to hang on to that fragile quality for as long as possible because it's so few and far in the "real world".

    The narrator wants to save this trait and laments the loss of it in an equally beautiful way.

    "If God has a master plan
    That only He understands
    I hope it's your eyes He's seeing through"

    The persons vision was so pure and wholehearted that it was Paradise, and if God knows what he's doing all along and will eventually bring prosperity, the person hopes that it's through their loved ones eyes because nothing can get more perfect than the vision they previously had.
    downeyjron November 09, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentWell, I'm sorry to say this if it is not a public knowledge. Martin is/was currently undergoing a divorce and this song is said to be written about his children.

    The song is very Depeche-like. Nothing new but hey, it sounds good, anyway. Dave's vocals are amazing.
    debbycaon September 02, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthis is a great song
    and the lyrics are on point about the delicate and difficult process of divorce and how the child is caught in the middle
    mrhobbson October 03, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General Comment"If God has a master plan
    That only He understands
    I hope it's your eyes He's seeing through"

    Great lyrics.
    Insurance Fireson March 04, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General Comment"angels with silver wings
    Shouldn't know suffering
    I wish I could take the pain for you"

    I agree
    drowninyoursleepon May 28, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWanting to protect your girlfriend :) that's the impression I get, or someone you love... you feel like they don't deserve the pain that life brings :)
    Zytheon January 10, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentEkizzle get off this board
    redking666on February 13, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI agree with the divorce scenario.. Dave does sound amazing just as ever. DM still has it after all these years. and will continue to outlast all the passing trends of today.
    cheren28on March 01, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's so sad
    RoCkHaRdeRon July 05, 2007   Link

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