"Broken" as written by David Gahan and Kurt Uenala....
If you want control without any pain
How long will you suffer?
How long will you wait?
Is she the friend that I knew?
He cannot be banned
Replaced by another
Wearing his crown

There’s a place where I go
Without any sand
Only you can reach me
Only you’re allowed
And you’re so far away
You’re so far from here
Do you remember
Our time without tears?

When you’re falling
I will catch you
You don’t have to fall that far
You can make it
I will be there
You were broken for the start

And you were a child
You dream all day long
You dream of the future
Get lost in your sounds
Now that time is gone
It’s lost for you now
Words long forgotten
Forgotten somehow

When you’re falling
I will catch you
You don’t have to fall that far
You can make it
I will be there
You were broken for the start

When you’re falling
I will catch you
You don’t have to fall that far
You can make it
I will be there
You were broken for the start


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"Broken" as written by David Gahan

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    General CommentFirst off, there are few songs that give me goose bumps, but this is one
    A studio version on You Tube in the Vevo catalog really hits home to me by watching Dave's expression/emotion while singing this

    He has already stated that this is a song about a "friend" (or possibly to his own dark side) of his that still is fighting his own demons in life. As Parent of a teenage heroin addict and watching his constant battles, falls and failures; I guess this is why the song hits home to me.

    My interpretation is simple

    Dave speaks to this friend (probably known since childhood) and says it's ok. You will make it and just accept we are all human. We are all "broken"

    From someone else these words, would be shallow, but Dave has been there so they hold value

    An extremely powerful song if you have been there or live with someone and their internal struggles
    Solresolon July 11, 2013   Link
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    My InterpretationI think "Broken" is about a person watching a friend who has a condition that is either lifelong or it just started but the person was predisposed to it from birth, like autism or Alzheimers.

    "You see the friend that I knew cannot be found, replaced by another, wearing his crown" - The friend's condition is deteriorating, (s)he's getting worse.

    "There’s a place where I go without any sound. Only you can reach me. Only you’re allowed." - This is from the point of view of the person suffering the condition. Really fits autism. Also really fits Alzheimers.

    "When you were a child, you'd dream all day long. You'd dream of the future, get lost in your songs." - This screams autism to me.

    "Words long forgotten, forgotten somehow." - This screams Alzheimers to me.

    "You were broken from the start." - The condition is either lifelong or the person was born predisposed to a condition that is now consuming them.

    I submitted a change to the lyrics that are currently there to match what I put in this comment.
    sadchildon September 06, 2013   Link

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