"Somebody" as written by and Martin Gore....
I want somebody to share
Share the rest of my life
Share my innermost thoughts
Know my intimate details
Someone who'll stand by my side
And give me support
And in return
She'll get my support
She will listen to me
When I want to speak
About the world we live in
And life in general
Though my views may be wrong
They may even be perverted
She'll hear me out
And won't easily be converted
To my way of thinking
In fact she'll often disagree
But at the end of it all
She will understand me

I want somebody who cares
For me passionately
With every thought and
With every breath
Someone who'll help me see things
In a different light
All the things I detest
I will almost like
I don't want to be tied
To anyone's strings
I'm carefully trying to steer clear of
Those things
But when I'm asleep
I want somebody
Who will put their arms around me
And kiss me tenderly
Though things like this
Make me sick
In a case like this
I'll get away with it


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  • +2
    General CommentThis song is one of the most honest and beautiful love songs I have ever heard.
    JennyJennon April 10, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentAnother good love song in this lyrical vein is "Message to My Girl" by Split Enz--written by Neil Finn for his wife, Sharon--the first verse of this song, oddly enough, goes: "I don't want to say I love you/That would give away too much/To be detached and precious/The only thing you feel is vicious/I don't wan't to say I want you/Even though I want you so much..." followed by the chorusline: "No more empty self-possession/Feelings swept under the mat/It's no New Year's resolution/It's more than that..." It's been often heard that Neil, who as a general rule, will leave it up to us fans to interpret his lyrics, even perplexes his own wife, who has sometimes asked him herself "what the bloody hell are you going on about" when hearing quite a few of his songs over the years, LOL.
    pharmageekon September 08, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's on Some Great Reward...but the live version on the 101 concert album is even better, at least I think so.
    PirateJesuson May 28, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"I don't want to be tied to anyone's strings" & "But when I'm asleep/I want somebody/Who will put their arms around me/And kiss me tenderly"...

    pls recommend any songs which are as great as this one.
    mejaon June 06, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentBut when I'm asleep
    I want somebody
    Who will put their arms around me
    And kiss me tenderly
    Though things like this
    Make me sick
    In a case like this
    I'll get away with it
    Aaaahhhhh....

    What it means is he's usually sick of that romantic lovey-dovey nonsense but in this situation(if it is that SOMEBODY) then he'll make the exception and will actually want to be hugged/kissed/etc.
    BowieOwnsAllon January 11, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI really sohuldn't listen to this song too much, 'cause it remind me of how lonely I am.

    Still, beautiful.
    SafeAsHouseson December 29, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe song has a consistent background.

    Trains coming and going
    Bartenders tending
    Tables talking
    Rain raining.
    Heart beating.

    In the midst of this is a vulnerable and honest plea.
    Pure desire.
    Tender request.
    Realistic report...
    A vulnerable thesis and pointed desperate revaluation of pure need.


    But the last words stick out...
    Things like this make me sick.
    In a case like this...ill get away with it....

    In the light of the persistent environment and background surroundings....

    It's not forthcoming nor realistic...

    Despite his honest plea and desire...it's not possible....and from the writers perspective...no one knows....
    No one cares.

    We are left with transient noise and a frantic synthesizer...

    It's a song of desperation.

    A longing for connecting amidst a stubborn environment of persistent detachment and shallow transition.

    It longs... And successfully so.
    tebdanneron October 20, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat album is this song on?
    adrenalinegrlon May 27, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYes, thiks song is really great. I like the live version as well. If you like Depeche Mode a lot, I would recommend hearing their music in a different way. There's a CD full of covers out there called For the MASSES. It's got some good stuff on there. Veruca Salt does Somebody and I think it's a pretty fair job. Deftones and Smashing Pumpkins are also on there. It's pretty well done, although Depeche Mode will always hold my favorite (for their own songs, naturally).
    MajinCloudon June 05, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love the lyrics... very true...
    mejaon June 06, 2002   Link

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