"Shake The Disease" as written by and Martin Gore....
I'm not going down on my knees,
Begging you to adore me
Can't you see it's misery
And torture for me
When I'm misunderstood
Try as hard as you can, I've tried as hard as I could
To make you see
How important it is for me

Here is a plea
From my heart to you
Nobody knows me
As well as you do
You know how hard it is for me
To shake the disease
That takes hold of my tongue
In situations like these

Understand me
Some people have to be
Permanently together
Lovers devoted to
Each other forever
Now I've got things to do
And I've said before that I know you have too
When I'm not there
In spirit I'll be there

Here is a plea
From my heart to you
Nobody knows me
As well as you do
You know how hard it is for me
To shake the disease
That takes hold of my tongue
In situations like these

Understand me


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"Shake the Disease" as written by Martin Gore

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  • +11
    General CommentMost of you are idiots. Dave distinctly said in an interview before singing, or in this case, doing a playback of Shake the Disease, that its a love song. "I'm not going down on my knees/Begging you to adore me/ Cant you see its misery and torture for me?/ When Im Misunderstood/Try as hard as you can/Ive tried as hard as I could/To make you see/How important it is for me/ etc... Here is a plea/from my heart to you/ nobody knows me as well as you do/ You know how hard it is for me to Shake the Disease that takes hold of my tongue is situations like there..." Basically he gets tongue tied around the girl, might say the wrong thing, didn't mean it. The disease isnt Heroin, since his real addiction didnt take over till the mid 90s, and not cocaine. Its most definitely not AIDS, and as far as I know, none of those three things do anything to your tongue. The disease is love, he's love sick.
    DepecheRozeon October 02, 2011   Link
  • +6
    General Comment"I'm not going down on my knees, begging you to adore me"...that has to be one of the greatest lines ever written.

    Anyways, this song seems to be about a person who is afraid to express their true emotions. He wants the other person to understand what he feels and wants to say, without him having to actually put it in words.
    LuvMartinGoreon September 11, 2007   Link
  • +3
    Song MeaningI respectfully disagree. Martin wrote "Some people have to be permanently together/Lovers devoted to each other forever." Then he goes on to contrast the way he feels about his affair. Why would he compare his relationship to other lovers if his relationship wasn't in the same category?

    It seems to me that this song is a plea to someone to truly *know* him. Words always fail to truly capture thoughts, and this is goes doubly for men (generally) who have a very hard time saying “I love you” or express their emotions. He genuinely wants to speak what is in his heart, but when he tries “a cat gets his tongue” and he is unable to articulate. Despite this “disease,” he’s “tried as hard as [he] could.” It’s so sad, because despite the fact that whomever he is talking to knows him better than anyone in the world (“Nobody knows me As well as you do”), he is still isn’t understood. If his love cannot know him, no one ever can.
    j_dubon December 27, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentMY FAVOURITE DM song. well it express very well the feeling to be not very understood, and to have inside something 'hot' but could not talking about...It remember me in my adolescence in a relationship with my partents. I hear continuosly the words: understand me , understand me....
    seira70on September 26, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI agree with the anxiety part mentioned by asha1979, but I think it's couched within a fear of vulnerability teamed with a sort staunch independence that doesn't want to sacrifice their own identity and freedom when it comes being really and truly involved with as person. I feel the song illustrates a different kind of love, one that is not atomic picture perfect, but adapted to work with an individual's insecurities and fears, which I feel is more honest.
    lamelywishesillon August 17, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAmazing song. These are lyrics that just keep coming into my head all the time.
    00:jpstln:00on April 17, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentone of few love songs in the world that I actully think is well writtien. Of course Martin Gore is a lyrical genuis.
    XcrowfeatherXon December 02, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI agree that the Hooverphonic cover is most excellent...although I always think she's saying "here is a key from my heart to you"
    boomerstyleon March 15, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love this song, because it so blatently defys the whole macho-tough-guy immage that most bands out there in the eighties tried to put out. Martin Gore said somewhere (Perhaps on the documentary of the Devotional DVD?) That he'd always hated that tough-guy-rock-and-roll persona, and I love how he so vilently defys that by blatently calling for someone to Understand him.

    Emotion makes better music.
    themopo976on July 27, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI don't think a cover could ever, EVER do this song justice. It's perfect how it is, one of DM's most amazing releases. I'm not too keen on your idea that it's about AIDS, mmm...martin, but I won't deny it if it's true. :) I'm going to agree with the other's that it's purely an emotional based song.
    Hellexiseon July 27, 2008   Link

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