"Barrel Of A Gun" as written by and Martin Lee Gore....
Do you mean this horny creep
Set upon weary feet
Who looks in need of sleep
That doesn't come
This twisted, tortured mess
This bed of sinfulness
Who's longing for some rest
And feeling numb
What do you expect of me
What is it you want?
Whatever you've planned for me
I'm not the one
A vicious appetite
Visits me each night
And won't be satisfied
Won't be denied
An unbearable pain
A beating in my brain
That leaves the mark of Cain
Right here inside
What am I supposed to do?
When everything that I've done
Is leading me to conclude
I'm not the one
Whatever I've done
I've been staring down the Barrel of a Gun
Is there something you need from me?
Are you having your fun?
I never agreed to be
Your Holy One
Whatever I've done
I've been staring down the Barrel of a Gun



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"Barrel of a Gun" as written by Martin Gore

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    General CommentOne thing... Martin Gore writes all of Depeche Mode's lyrics.... so how can that be?
    Misty_Staron June 08, 2002   Link
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    General Commentdepressed mode
    damaged_roseson May 23, 2004   Link
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    General CommentIt was the pressure that Dave was going through at the time. He to fell into a deep depression He entered the hospital briefly in August 1995 after slashing his wrists in a suicide attempt. On 5/28/1996, he was arrested after being saved from death from an apparent overdose of cocaine in a Los Angeles hotel room.

    What ever I've done "I've been Staring down the barrel of a gun" is a metaphor for saying it could of been the end of it all for him.

    "Is there something you need from me? Are you having your fun?" Referring to the media and the rumors of how he did his suicide, sorta picking on him ..
    Joncan5on November 01, 2011   Link
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    Song Meaning"Barrel of a Gun" came after some difficult times for the band and its members. Musician Alan Wilder left the band in 1995, and lead singer David Gahan nearly died while in the throes of heroin addiction. Martin Gore had a string of seizures as well as battling alcoholism, and Andrew Fletcher was suffering from depression. In mid-1996, Gore tried to get Gahan and Fletcher interested in recording new Depeche Mode material by writing a few songs and seeing if anybody was interested in continuing after that. It worked, and the band were back together, except now a trio again for the first time since 1982's A Broken Frame.

    "Barrel of a Gun" brings back the industrial music sound, and is one of the band's darkest songs. Gore wasn't sure if it was going to be a big hit, so he was reluctant to recommend this song as the first single, but when he eventually did, it turned out the rest of band, Daniel Miller, and producer Tim Simenon agreed. It reached number 4 in the UK chart in 1997, which at the time was their highest chart position jointly with "People Are People", released in 1984. Since then, "Precious" has also reached number 4 in the UK, in 2005.
    Fladiason July 22, 2013   Link
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    My InterpretationWhat i love about Gore's lyrics are they're open to interpretation and can mean different things to different people. With Dave singing it's easy to come to the conclusion that its about his drug habit and how he knows he's dicing with death but as he didn't write it i've come the conclusion that maybe Martin was writing about groupies wanting him while he feels like a mess and feels guilty for wanting / enjoying the sex that is laid out on a plentiful plate for him but at also that these people all want something from him that he is unable / unwilling to give.
    funkion August 21, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI had an epiphany last week, listening this song and its remixes for the millionth times, and always finding something lacking about the too much obvious interpretation that this is about Dave's situation at the time of recording: it's actually about Kurt Cobain's suicide, it makes perfect sense in that way, just think of the title itself! It's still indirectly about Dave, who stated how close he felt to Kurt Cobain's ordeal of dealing with success... BUT when the song says "I never agreed to be your holy one". it's true of Kurt, not Dave, who was perfectly happy at the time of Violator (he said that when he was singing 'World in my Eyes' on stage, it reflected exactly how he felt), until he got overwhelmed (because of drugs, naturally): whereas Kurt didn't enjoy success at all, Dave enjoyed it too much!
    dorveKon June 17, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationOn the first reading of the lyrics, I immediately thought of the antihero in Charles Bukowski's Notes of a Dirty Old Man :P The story of the lyrics could almost be a part of the book :P
    Torniojawson August 11, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI read an interview with Dave Gahan (who still looks mighty yummy in concert BTW) and when he wrote the lyrics for this LP, he was "kicking heroin", and feeling guilty... so the unbearable pain must be the withdrawals, and the "whatever I've done" = being irresponsible, almost breaking up the band.."I've been looking down the barrel of a gun" = the threat of withdrawal, which is only subdued by MORE irresponsible, drug-addict behaviour. I think it's like a sort-of apology with explanation to the band & possibly the fans.
    jenwill2on May 01, 2002   Link
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    General CommentMisty, do you know why they don't sing "Just Can't Get Enough" at a concert anymore? Because Martin Gore didn't write it...The only time they have sang it, was when they played the singles tour...
    nsjdogon January 17, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThey just recently played it at the Glendale Arena Playing the Angel Tour and was quite an overwhelming time for all the attenders. Killer gig!
    DARKon December 06, 2005   Link

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