"It's No Good" as written by and Martin Gore....
I'm going to take my time
I have all the time in the world
To make you mine
It is written in the stars above
The gods decree
You'll be right here by my side
Right next to me
You can run but you cannot hide
Don't say you want me
Don't say you need me
Don't say you love me
It's understood
Don't say you're happy
Out there without me
I know you can't be
'Cause it's no good
I'll be fine
I'll be waiting patiently
Till you see the signs
And come running to my open arms
When will you realize
Do we have to wait till our worlds collide
Open up your eyes
You can't turn back the tide
Don't say you want me
Don't say you need me
Don't say you love me
It's understood
Don't say you're happy
Out there without me
I know you can't be
'Cause it's no good
I'm going to take my time
I have all the time in the world
To make you mine
It is written in the stars above
Don't say you want me
Don't say you need me
Don't say you love me
It's understood
Don't say you're happy
Out there without me
I know you can't be
'Cause it's no good


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"It's No Good" as written by Martin Gore

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  • +3
    General Commenthe's trying to justify that fate will bring them togther when in truth he's obsessed
    XcrowfeatherXon April 04, 2005   Link
  • +3
    General CommentHe'll still be there and waiting?

    What the hell? Not to sound sociopathic but this is so fully not a love song...I'm with all the 'stalker' ideas here. The music is just way, way too dark. Especially at the end, with the eerie wailing and so forth. You don't say you're "going to take your time" to make somebody "yours" when you're in love with them. You say that when you're domineering and obsessed and really want control &/or possession of someone. And you definitely don't say, basically that you know they're not happy without you. That's crazy talk.

    In my opinion, at least.
    everworld2662on January 17, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentPlay your game, girls. David knows you'll be back when the novelty of the other bloke wears off !
    80sfanon December 27, 2006   Link
  • +2
    Song MeaningThis song is the story of dark obsessional love. His one sided affection has practically turned him into a stalker. The object of his desire probably doesnt even know who he is, but will when its time for the restraining order. When i read the lyrics they sound like something an obsessed fan would write to a star. Maybe they got the idea from a letter sent to one of the band members. Still, this song is one of my all time favs and a must for any long distance driving. Awesome!
    pinky89888on May 05, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI always took the song to be about a stalker, someone obsessed with a celebrity...possibly a crazy fan..
    redstacyon May 07, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI don't consider this song stalkerish at all. In my eyes, the man sees that despite what has happened between them, they are meant to be together. It is evident when he says "it is written in the stars above," almost as if they are astrologically compatible. In some cases some astrological cases, people seem made for each other, so I think that is what the writer means, and when he says "the god's decree" he it supports my theory as if he means is talking about them being meant for each other in a spiritual sense. Perhaps he is delusional? Perhaps not?

    When he goes on to say...

    "I'll be fine, I'll be waiting patiently, 'till you see the signs, and come running to my open arms"

    to me what he is saying is that he is just going to wait until she realizes that they are made for each other, because of how they were with each other as opposed to other people. Then when he says...

    "When will you realize? Do we have 'till our worlds collide?"

    he goes on to ask the girl, when will you see what I see, and do we have wait until fate brings us back together? Then he when he says...

    "Open up your eyes, you can't turn back the tide"

    it's like he is saying, you're better off seeing it now, because there is nothing you can do to escape fate.

    This song is by far my favorite Depeche Mode song. It is dark, and reminds me of a depressed state of love lost. This song reminds me of a relationship that I had with a girl, in which she didn't want to admit that we were meant to be although I felt we were, and everyone else, even her friends and realatives, saw that we certainly had something rare between us. My references to astrology come from the fact that our signs were extremely compatible, I am an Aquarius 3 and she is a Virgo/Libra Cusp. I was raised in a very Christian home, and never believed in astrology until someone pointed this out in a book to me. I was shocked to see that the book pretty much told the story of our relationship, when it talked about the Aquarius 3 and Virgo/Libra Cusp compatibility. Unfortunatley I never read this until after I decided to end our very close friendship. In the end she got married to someone else less then a year after we were done with each other. The song depresses me because even though it makes me feel better when I think of our relationship that never was as I had hoped it would be, I feel as if I am in some sense not living in reality and being delusional, as the writer of the song may be.

    Any response or extra insight would be welcomed.
    SymphonicMetalAndGothon January 03, 2011   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationI don't think this song is about denial necessarily, at least not in its purest form, nor do I think it's necessarily about a stalker. I think this song is deliberately ironic; the lyrics to me totally express this, in true Depeche Mode fashion. This person is in love (or infatuated) with someone who he knows is well out of reach. He's toying with himself, kidding himself. He knows it couldn't possibly work out, so he amuses and/or placates himself with these thoughts. The "It's no good" line brings everything back to Earth, illustrating his view of the reality, not the dream. The musical tone, at its edgier moments, illustrates his torture, as he deals with the unreachable.
    dawntreaderon November 24, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General Commentto me this is about God calling you, in such way it means a lot to me
    cvron January 20, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General CommentJust to add, this song is great to listen to when you feel like crap and are unsure about where a relationship could go, especially if she doesn't appear to reciprocate with her feelings nearly at all.
    ebhiroon April 16, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this song is about two people who have a love/hate relationship. And they know they cant live without eachother.
    arod621on September 14, 2009   Link

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