"I Want It All" as written by David Gahan, Christian Eigner and Andrew Charles Phillpott....
I see a river
It's oceans that I want
You have to give me everything
But everything's not enough

It's my desire
To give myself to you
Sometimes

Sometimes I try
Sometimes I lie with you
Sometimes I cry
Sometimes I die it's true
Somewhere I find something that's kind in you

And I've crossed the line again
A line I drew in sand
And still you give me everything
But everything's not enough

I'm ready but not willing
To give myself to you
Sometimes

Come on over lay down beside me
And I'll try
Come on over lay down beside me
And I'll try
And I'll try

I want it all


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"I Want It All" as written by Christian Eigner Andrew Charles Phillpott

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  • +5
    General CommentA wonderful song which I like a lot.

    In an interview, Dave Gahan described it as a song about his constant internal battle with himself: "I have evrything I need, so why don't I see that, or appreciate what's good in my life, and in fact, do my best to destroy it ? I naturally gravitate towards looking for the negative in something, even when it's good, - that could be my lovely wife or my lovely children. And I do gravitate towards things that aren't good for me - not necessarily drugs or alcohol, just the idea of having something good, then tearing it appart and being left with a piece of shit, almost like I want to push it away because I feel I don't deserve it."
    BlackBeauty1389on August 06, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song is typical Dave Gahan fashion. Simple, but very heartfelt. This song clearly describes how certain individuals are never content. You have a river, but you want an Ocean. Totally true to many individuals in relationships. Could not have said it better. Perfect!
    Depeche85on October 10, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is so peaceful, it makes me think about being with someone that I really care about, and would do anything for them. I love depeche mode.
    ThoR294on October 21, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think Dave is a very crooner artist.People always want more and the song tells it sensitively.Sometimes it's difficult to make realitonship work.Sometimes even trying is not enough but still try not to be back down for love.Perfect song!
    depechegrlon October 26, 2007   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationIt is from the perpective of a man who is may be unsure of his feelings for a woman. He doesn't want to lead her on, so he maintains a distance, yet crosses it from time to time - but remains detached. He knows that the woman would give him everything, but he can only be there "sometimes". I think he is in like with the woman but not entirely in love - and maybe he wants to be, which is why he is torn "sometimes I cry, sometimes I die". "I Want It All" means he wants to feel a love for her - all
    or nothing - but doesn't, but is willing to try.
    lyricist1111on December 28, 2008   Link
  • 0
    Song FactThis is the 1st most unknown DM song!
    comment114on October 16, 2016   Link

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