"When The Body Speaks" as written by and Martin Lee Gore....
To the soul's desires
The body listens
What the flesh requires
Keeps the heart imprisoned

What the spirit seeks
The mind will follow
When the body speaks
All else is hollow

I'm just an angel
Driving blindly
Through this world

I'm just a slave here
At the mercy
Of a girl

Oh, I need your tenderness
Oh, I need your touch
Oh, I dream of one caress
Oh, I pray too much

To the soul's desires
The body listens
What the flesh requires
Keeps the heart imprisoned

What the spirit seeks
The mind will follow
When the body speaks
All else is hollow

You keep me waiting
For the promise
That is mine

Please stop debating
Please stop wasting
Your time

Oh, I need your tenderness
Oh, I need your touch
Oh, I dream of one caress
Oh, I pray too much


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"When the Body Speaks" as written by Martin Gore

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  • +2
    General CommentWait...you all say that it's about Dave talking about drug or an ex-girlfriend...But isn't it Martin who wrote the lyrics of this one???
    Martinette Goretteon October 02, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General Commentit's about unrequited love
    loungesteron November 21, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentno way...how does the following apply?
    Oh I need your tenderness
    Oh I need your touch
    Oh I dream of one caress
    Oh I pray too much
    Mos Def about lost love, and his aching desire to be with her....
    interpolarityon August 13, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMartin wrote it
    aueion October 01, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentamazing song. not much to interpret here, but still an amazing song.
    Darkness_5555on March 14, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit seems, when dave sings this song, that its about his relationship with heroin
    r-e-volutionon April 03, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentnoooooooo. its about love. imagine someone singing a love song to heroin! it has connotations but its about the girl not heroin, wait.. ill ask him.
    PITONESon June 22, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNo way, this song is about love. Not all Depeche Mode songs are about drugs. There are a few, yes...but not all of them.

    Anyways, I think that its basically about wanting...no, needing someone badly.
    LuvMartinGoreon September 25, 2007   Link
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    General CommentMaybe Dave misses his childhood sweetheart, Jo. Its said he still loves her, even though he did the dirty on her. She was the one he called on to say he was going to end it all !!! Come back to Essex, Dave... we love you x x x
    80sfanon September 27, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's about a masochist needing physical pain.

    "To the soul's desires
    The body listens
    What the flesh requires
    Keeps the heart imprisoned"

    A masochist's flesh requires physical pain.

    "What the spirit seeks
    The mind will follow
    When the body speaks
    All else is hollow"

    A masochist's body speaks for physical pain.

    "I'm just a slave here
    At the mercy
    Of a girl"

    And he's praying to a woman. He's taken the pain praying for something else.
    "Oh I need your tenderness
    Oh I need your touch
    Oh I dream of one caress
    Oh I pray too much"

    And I guess he's not getting what he's praying for. ;-)
    MapMistresson December 04, 2009   Link

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