"Broken Promise" as written by Brian Molko, Stefan Olsdal and Steven Hewitt....
They rise above this
They cry about this
As we live and learn
A broken promise
I was not honest
Now I watch as tables turn
And you're singing

I'll wait my turn
To tear inside you
Watch you burn
I'll wait my turn
I'll wait my turn

I'll cry about this
And hide my cuckled eyes
As you come off all concerned
And I'll find no solace
In your poor apology
In your regret that sounds absurd
And keep singing

I'll wait my turn
To tear inside you
Watch you burn
And I'll wait my turn
To terrorize you
Watch you burn
And I'll wait my turn
I'll wait my turn

And this is a promise
Promise is a promise [Repeats]

And I'll wait my turn
To tear inside you
Watch you burn
I'll wait my turn
I'll wait my turn

A broken promise
You were not honest
I'll bide my time
I'll wait my turn


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"Broken Promise" as written by Stefan Olsdal Brian Molko

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    General CommentI love this song too, one of my favourites on the album. It is about adultery (according to an interview). Perhaps the line is 'cuckold eyes' not 'cuckled eyes' because a cuckold is a man whose wife is unfaithful.
    chastityon March 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI really love this song i think is about someone who promised something to change someone's life
    Zerovermarson March 05, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti'm thinking it's about adultery too.
    this song is so good...
    placeberon March 14, 2006   Link
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    General CommentYeah definetely about being unfaithful.
    sedated_emotionson March 18, 2006   Link
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    General CommentOk, I watch too much placebo stuff, but interestingly on 4music presents, Brian was talking about this song and said this is two men talking to each other – so there you go.
    chastityon March 19, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI read a interview, in a dutch music magazine with Steve Hewitt about the duet broken promise with Michael Stipe (R.E.M.): 'The song he were singing on was finished for over a year. Michael stayed in the same hotel in Paris as us. We had finished the song a second ago. It was wrote as a duet, but I knew that when Brian it will sing with a woman it never will be work. Ik saw Michael - we know each other from the movie Velvet Goldmine - and I get the best idea ever: two gaypeople that sing about adultery, that would be so brilliant! I was even hearing it in my head.'
    By the way.. I like this song!
    joramhooginkon March 19, 2006   Link
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    General Commentin elizabethan times a metaphor for everyone knowing about your wife being unfaithful except you was that you were wearing cuckold horns that everyone could see except you, so yer i thought it was about being unfaithful too.
    zodinon April 04, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI agree that this song is about adultery as well mainly because of the "Cuckold eyes" verse.

    Michael Stipe is stating that he wasn't faithful in the relationship. He broke a promise to remain faithful (whether it be marriage vows, etc) However, he feels that they will be able to over come his unfaithfulness, they can live with the reality of the curiosity to stray away from relationships and now they will know him cheating was a mistake, but it's in the past and just a lesson learned. He also says that he realizes that Molko is incredibly upset about the broken promise and he can't say or do much to convince him of anything else. He can now only experience the same thing happening to him.

    Molko claims that he is hurt and upset about Michael Stipe's unfaithfulness. He feels that Stipe could possibly could have no idea what Molko is feeling, that his apologies are empty and they're offering him no peace to the fact that Stipe wandered. He doesn't believe that Stipe couldn't have enjoyed cheating in the relationship, sort of saying "If you knew it was wrong, why did you do it?"

    Molko rests in the fact that he will get Stipe back. He will wait for his turn to wrong him in their own relationship. He will gain peace in watching Stipe suffer as same as Molko has. Their relationship was based on a bunch of "broken promises", but Molko's threat/idea to harm Stipe in the exact same way is a promise Molko will keep.

    My thoughts.
    lightdividedon April 28, 2006   Link
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    General CommentOk i agree with the unfaithful theorm but does anyone but me agree that most of this album has a really depressing, broken kind of attitude to it? its lovely though. still. depressing.
    Paradox..Charismaon July 26, 2006   Link
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    General Commentyes it is kinda depressing but its also alot more mature than ealier stuff ( but not saying that the early stuff is shit because i love every piece) but this song is definatly about adultery. if you want this confiremed for yourselfs, look at myspace.com/…
    its in thier bloogs along with the meanings of all the songs on meds
    thesimplewayson September 05, 2006   Link

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