"In Sympathy" as written by and Martin Gore....
They're almost falling over you
Why don't they call a truce
What ever they are trying to do
Its of little use
They're drowning you in compliments
Trying to furnish proof
Although they speak with eloquence
There is little truth

[Chorus]
You're bright, you're strong, you know the right from wrong
At least to some degree
You're wise, you're tough, you've heard their lies enough
You smile in sympathy

I'm watching your serenity
The way your so transense
The tidiest absurdities
Your patience never ends
And as the night begins to fade
Your heading for the door
Followed by sad parade
Your on your own once more

[Chorus: x2]


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"In Sympathy" as written by Martin Gore

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  • +2
    My InterpretationThis song has got probably one of the best intros on earth lol.

    I'd say it cud be something to do wiv a girl at the bar. Maybe the narrator is also there and has seen everything that goes on.
    She's or waiting for that someone to talk to her like a human bein and love her for who she is and not the weirdos that look for 5 minutes of fun.

    "I'm watching your serenity
    The way your soul transcends
    Their tedious obscenities
    Your patience never ends"

    "And as the night begins to fade
    You're heading for the door
    Followed by a sad parade
    You're on your own once more"

    Thats just my interpretation anyway :)
    crazychick3point0on January 24, 2011   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI think, this song is about personal growth: Feeling yourself and standing above it all. In my mind comes the picture of a person who was manipulated a lot in the past and finally learned to break free and to derive self worth from within, not the acknowledgment of others.
    Another interpretation could be that the lyrics are about everyday sexism and how a woman learned to deal with it and stand above it all.

    "They’re almost falling over you
    Why don’t they call a truce
    Whatever they are trying to do
    It’s of little use

    They’re drowning you in compliments
    Trying to furnish proof
    And though they speak with eloquence
    There is little truth"

    The lyrical subject gets a lot of attention and false compliments by people, who pretend to be friends, but it's more appearance than substance. S/he doesn't buy what the say, s/he knows of their insincerity.

    "You’re bright
    You’re strong
    You know your right from wrong
    At least to some degree
    You’re wise
    You’re tough
    You’ve heard their lies enough
    You smile in sympathy

    I’m watching your serenity
    The way your soul transcends
    Their tedious obscenities
    Your patience never ends"

    Here it gets clear that the lyrical subject learned his/her lesson and is calm and above it all. S/he is bored by their feigned admiration and attempts of manipulation.

    "And as the night begins to fade
    You’re heading for the door
    Followed by a sad parade
    You’re on your own once more"

    When all the people are gone who pretend to be supportive but want to take advantage of his/her, s/he is alone again - but it's still better than to fall for their lies.
    It ends with the chorus, so the song is still empowering and positive - with a slight sad touch.
    tochterkampfstrumpfon October 31, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song sounds well.

    The first time I understood the text it made me think of a person who I regard with a lot of esteem. He's very wise and bright and disenchanted in everything he does. But he also can't lie, and everytime he's with people he doesn't like, I can read it on the expression of his face. He smiles just for politeness, he's more silent than ever.

    Now when I listen to this song I always think of him. ^_^
    Lilian999on May 13, 2009   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationIt sounds like it's about a child in a divorce situation. The parents use him as a pawn and compliment him for his maturity, but at the end of the night when the parents go their separate ways...they leave him neglected, worrying instead about themselves.
    skipheron February 05, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI see all adults in this one, no children. I see a female Domme surrounded by adult slaves and "their tedious obscenities". And the songwriter is describing how the slaves act towards Her and how She interacts with them. Complimenting Her with admiration.
    MapMistresson April 30, 2010   Link

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