"Photographic" as written by and Melanie Safka....
A white house, a white room
The program of today
Lights on, switch on
Your eyes are far away
The map represents you
And the tape is your voice
Follow all along you
Till you recognize the choice

I take pictures
Photographic pictures

Bright light
Dark room
Bright light
Dark room

I said I'd write a letter
But I never got the time
And I'm looking to the day
I mesmerize the light

The years I spend just thinking
Of a moment we both knew
A second boss looking into
It seems it can't be true

Lyrics submitted by Fistan, edited by pcman777, 0Kelvin

"Photographic" as written by Melanie Safka

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  • +1
    General CommentMy Favorite song on 'Speak and Spell'. SO spooky and eerie! I heard through the grape vine that this song is actually about a stalker-moreover one who compulsively photographs his victim.....
    Sozlukon January 15, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOh, if only Vince Clarke could be remembered for this and the rest of the electropop genius on "Speak and Spell" and not Erasure.
    monster36604on January 19, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentCrime scene photographer, taking the picture of his long lost love who committed suicide.

    Read the lyrics and think about it.
    tony765835on November 20, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgreat song ! this song reminds of that horror movie...'peeping tom' 1960.
    xl5ronon June 02, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentso new romance.
    plastic_plasticon June 12, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat song indeed, one of my favorites.

    But man, did I butcher the second-to-last line or what. All this time I thought it was [including the other lines in context]:

    "The years I spend just thinking
    Of a moment we both knew
    A second glass, like an interlude
    It seems it can't be true..."

    I'll admit I'm a terrible lyric-interpreter. I'm not sure exactly what this song is about, but I really doubt it's about being a photographer. Maybe life, experiences, [etc., etc.] and especially meaningful memories inspire the song's writer like a wondrous or spectacular view, object, scene, or what have you -would inspire a photographer.
    dawntreaderon January 04, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI forgot to add that my interpretation is mostly referring to the song's chorus - "I take pictures/photographic pictures".
    dawntreaderon January 04, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentVery synth - good early Depeche Mode song.
    JpnGhton April 15, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song live sounds excellent. I get happy every time I listen to the Bizarre Version.
    Thisnameistakenon August 04, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI prefer the Bizarre Version, as I worship heavy synth. I actually only like 2 bands without synths, I just realized. I fucking LOVE a good keyboard, and this song, Bizarre version, is an absolute favorite. Along with Shake the Disease, for the use of the dark carnival sounding synth, sounds like something out of the xfiles.
    Definitely a top 5.
    1. Shake the Disease
    2. Photographic (Bizarre)
    3. Everything Counts
    4. Suffer Well
    5. Never Let Me Down Again
    I'm honestly not sure if these are all really popular songs, as I don't listen to the radio, just the albums and MP3s
    MagentaMSIon March 24, 2008   Link

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