"Clean" as written by and Martin Lee Gore....
Clean
The cleanest I've been
An end to the tears
And the in-between years
And the troubles I've seen
Now that I'm clean
You know what I mean
I've broken my fall
Put an end to it all
I've changed my routine
Now I'm clean
I don't understand
What destiny's planned
I'm starting to grasp
What is in my own hands
I don't claim to know
Where my holiness goes
I just know that I like
What is starting to show
Sometimes
Clean
The cleanest I've been
An end to the tears
And the in-between years
And the troubles I've seen
Now that I'm clean
You know what I mean
I've broken my fall
Put an end to it all
I've changed my routine
Now I'm clean
As years go by
All the feelings inside
Twist and they turn
As they ride with the tide
I don't advise
And I don't criticise
I just know what I like
With my own eyes
Sometimes
Clean
The cleanest I've been
An end to the tears
And the in-between years
And the troubles I've seen
Now that I'm clean
You know what I mean
I've broken my fall
Put an end to it all
I've changed my routine
Now I'm clean
Sometimes



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    General CommentAt my humble opinion Martin is talking about someone who has finally taken over his own life, which has been controlled by his extreme rigor upon himself until today ("I don't claim to know / Where my holiness goes / I just know that I like / What is starting to show"). He's telling to himself he'll be who really is from now on and not the character he has played in his life while he has also stopped to give excessive importance to the other people's opinions (All the feelings inside / Twist and they turn / As they ride with the tide / I don't advise / And I don't criticise / I just know what I like / With my own eyes). Therefore the sensation of cleaness that he's talking about it's caused by this new taste of freedom. However all of this is still unsteady on his mind and that's the reason why a dark voice sings "Sometimes" along the lyrics...
    circusjuggleron September 28, 2006   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI love how almost every comment on songmeanings makes every song look to be about drugs and/or a failed relationship. They may be the most cliched things in the world to write a song about, but that doesn't mean that every song is about them.

    It's a good thing that people like circusjuggler are around to offset some of the idiocy, because this song is clearly not about drugs or some girl/boy, despite the title.
    jadiuson October 26, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commenta lot of DM songs are fairly ambiguous and pretty much open for interpretation - as all good songs should be! It's fairly easy to see why a lot of people hear the words to Clean and just automatically think drugs, but to me the words stand out as someone who is changing... becoming a better person.. but the somtimes makes me think that although he claims to have changed and feel better for it, 'sometimes' he can feel himself slipping back into his old ways, and occasionally he misses the way he used to be. I suppose that's quite similar to all the relationship/repentance interpretations... but I can't see the drugs in this song, and I'm pretty sure that's not what MLG had in mind, the heavy drinking/drug taking stage was post-Violator and they weren't 'Clean' until Ultra! ;)
    psychocandy96on March 31, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDrugs, yeah probably. I like to think of it as a general "coming clean" song. I guess whatever you can think of to come clean to, and use this song. Oh yeah, and totally sexy!
    ramones83on June 19, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthis voice is amazing in this song. this song definitely focuses on his vocals, because theres not a whole lot going on musically. its really awesome when he drops his voice real low. violator is a great album.

    oh yeah I think its about drugs too
    mightymouseon January 12, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI don't think it's about drugs at all. It's more than likely about the end of a relationship, or figuring out what he wants out of love, relationships, etc. It's a great song and a fitting end to a great album.
    mode72on February 28, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it could be about drugs but more like "feelings are becoming true".You know, your soul becomes an adult. You stop to being an emotion silly. and, yes, so sexy. voices, music, everything is perfect. :)
    sister of nighton June 17, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHas anyone noticed the dark whisper scream at about 3:38 into this song?????? what is he saying?
    ShadowManon September 12, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment^It's just "the cleanest I've been"
    hotdingdongon December 21, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentits clearly spiritual, destiny is a choice, so are drugs
    and relationships, breaking the fall is pretty straight
    forward but as they say, if you have to ask, you will
    never know...try listening more, you might just hear
    the answer for yourself
    flo70on March 29, 2008   Link

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