"Lilian" as written by and Martin Lee Gore....
Oh, Lilian
Look what you've done
You've stripped my heart
Ripped it apart
In the name of fun

Oh, Lilian
I'm a poor man's son
And precious jewels
Weren't found in schools
Where I came from

Pain and misery
Always hit the spot
Knowing you can't lose
What you haven't got

Oh, Lilian
I should have run
I should have known
Each dress you own
Is a loaded gun

Oh, Lilian

Oh, Lilian
I need protection
I hear your voice
And any choice
I had is gone

Oh, Lilian
Once I begun
I couldn't stop
Till every drop
Of blood was sung
Pain and misery
Always hit the spot
Knowing you can't lose
What you haven't got

Oh, Lilian
Look what you've done
You stripped my heart
Ripped it apart
In the name of fun

Oh, Lilian
Oh, Lilian
Oh, Lilian
Oh, Lilian


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"Lilian" as written by Martin Gore

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  • +1
    General Commentthat girl rocks because she has the best name
    lilian_hafon June 22, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentah... the unattainable high maintenance lilian. love this song
    pilgr1mon July 20, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song reminds me of a character from Atlas Shrugged Lillian Rearden who uses her looks, lust, and guilt to entrap and destroy men.
    Is it possible that DM is referencing this character?
    PCS153on September 04, 2007   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI used to think that this was about some new girl Martin was fascinated by after his divorce but then the idea popped in to my head that this is actually him pining for his wife. These are the lyrics that made me consider this:

    "Oh, Lilian
    Once I begun
    I couldn't stop
    Till every drop
    Of blood was sung
    Pain and misery
    Always hit the spot
    Knowing you can't lose
    What you haven't got"

    Martin has been singing about his wife all these years and once he started he couldn't stop until the last drop of blood from their ruined relationship was sung. And then there is the pain and misery of knowing that he has lost her and he can't lose her again because he no longer has her.
    Carinapiron February 11, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTo me this is the greatest song on Playing the Angel. Love the beat and feel :)
    HateSaikoon January 08, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song as well, I think its about a girl that took advantage of him.

    "You stripped my heart
    Ripped it apart
    In the name of fun"
    ThoR294on June 09, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYes this is my favourite song from Playing the Angel. Ah its so great! I think its about this guy who is terribly in love with this girl, and shes just messing with him. And i think we all are in that spot at one point or another... are hearts take control an feel too much, and we get hurt in the end. Like MapMistress said, the girl in this song is in control, because her feelings arent as strong, and when your so in love with someone, they dont love you back - ultimately they can manipulate the relationship and hurt you. Its shitty overall, and it hurts like hell. i think its a great song to tell somone who hurt you "look at what youve done, stripped my heart, ripped it apart, in the name of fun."

    lemona9on December 16, 2008   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationIt is strange how one can interpret DM lyrics both applied to sex and drug addiction. This one surely "hits that spot"
    SwartKaton April 03, 2014   Link
  • -1
    General CommentI think it's either about his one-sided infatuation with a schoolgirl who teases him but doesn't really want to be with him, or perhaps even a student falling for his teacher, knowing it's an impossible infatuation. Considering Martin is known for his love for young girls, it's probably the first option ;).
    Lithopsiaon November 13, 2010   Link
  • -2
    General CommentI ask two questions. #1- why is a man in his 40s singing about a woman wearing fancy dresses and expensive jewelry in a classroom setting? #2-why is he singing blood?

    Since the only way #1 could be possible is if he's in a classroom setting LOOKING AT a woman wearing fancy dresses and expensive jewelry to compare it to his upbringing IS IF he's in the classroom section of a dungeon. Well, then I'd have to say this is another BDSM song by DM. And if he's singing blood (Question #2), then he's probably getting a serious whipping in the classroom by Lilian.

    But not to worry, he says, "Pain and misery
    Always hit the spot." And it was ONLY "In the name of fun".

    And if he hears her voice and has no choice, well, then I guess Lilian would be in complete control. And if he leaves the classroom dungeon, and can't get her voice out of his head, well, that's the type of session that songs are written about.
    MapMistresson July 04, 2008   Link

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