"Little 15" as written by and Martin Gore....
Little fifteen
You help her forget
The world outside
You're not part of it yet
And if you could drive
You could drive her away
To a happier place
To a happier day
That exists in your mind
And in your smile
She could escape there
Just for a while
Little fifteen
Little fifteen
Why take the smooth with the rough
When things run smooth
It's already more than enough
She knows your mind
Is not yet in league
With the rest of the world
And its little intrigues
Do you understand
Do you know what she means
As time goes by
And when you've seen what she's seen
you will
Little fifteen
Little fifteen
Why does she have to defend
Her feelings inside
Why pretend
She's not had a life
A life of near misses
Now all that she wants
Is three little wishes
She wants to see with your eyes
She wants to smile with your smile
She wants a nice surprise
Every once in a while
She wants to see with your eyes
She wants to smile with your smile
She wants a nice surprise
Every once in a while
Little fifteen


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"Little 15" as written by Martin Gore

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    General CommentThere are 3 people involved in this lyric: the narrator, you (little 15) and HER. The narrator has no special role. You (little 15) is seen as a contrast to HER as regards being happy, unconscious, smiling, not part of an evil world, of its intrigues. We have no real clue whether this little 15 is a boy or a girl. For sure the third party, HER, is a woman, older than 15, who has had experience in life, knows the evil of the world etc, and now she needs to see the world through the little 15's eyes, smile again as only an unspoiled soul of a 15 year old person can still do. The video shows time mercilessly going by (alarm clock hands turned fast - piece of paper with a "14" years of age thrown into the bin and soon they become "15", and in their turn they are thrown into the sewers). It seems adults' awareness of the evil in the world could be healed, relieved for a while through a contact with the simplicity and naivety of a teenager, which in his/her turn will understand, once he/she's seen, as time goes by.
    thestampon October 25, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentactually i was told by a pretty die-hard dm fan that little 15 is actually a story associated with one of the members of the band. i'm pretty sure fletch's nephew is little 15. the person singing the song is actually adressing little 15 at the beginning of each verse and when the singer says 'you' he's referring to the 15-year old kid and not himself. the girl in the song is the older woman little 15 is in love with, but can't do anything, cuz he's just a 15-year old kid.
    rexbasioron December 30, 2004   Link
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    General Commentanyway, it makes sense with 'you' being a pronoun for the kid and the girl in the song being a third party.
    rexbasioron December 30, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentRexbasior seems right on to me. WolvenBlack presents an interesting idea, but one that the lyrics don't support. The line about not being able to drive seems to suggest the "Little 15" is the one trying to seduce the third party.
    Empiricalproofon February 07, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI never realized it, but it does make the most sense if the lad is 15, and he's involved with an older woman, and he is being counseled by the singer. I'd always thought the girl was 15, but then it really doesn't make as much sense that way.

    Sorry, WolvenBlack, but why would Martin 'not be part of the real world yet', if he was already in his 20s?
    xodon February 21, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentit's just ... a question of time
    thestampon October 25, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI guess some people don't realize that ages in England are different than America. At age 16 in England, is the graduation from High School and when kids move out of their homes and are supposed to support themselves. That would be the equivalent of age 18 in America. So if a Brit is singing about "15", then that's the year before becoming an adult, which would be the equivalent of singing about age "17" in America.
    MapMistresson July 04, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commenthmm it's like a 15 year old who has a crush on an older woman, but it sounds so dark..
    DJgifon August 07, 2009   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningYou people have it ass backwards, its the song of an older woman in love with a 15 year old boy who longs again to experience the vibrancy and wonder of being that age again. Lines like "She wants to see with your eyes/Why does she have to defend, the feelings inside" etc, etc point to society's frowning upon age differences in relationships.
    MrSteve1337on October 08, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationThis song seems to be about a relationship (friendship or otherwise) 15 year old boy and girl/woman. "As time goes by
    And when you've seen what she's seen... you will", makes me think that this is either an older woman or a girl who has had to grown up faster and wiser beyond her years. This song is a bit sad as the boy is in love with this woman, but she doesn't seem to reciprocate his feelings back. Also, the lyrics: "She wants to see with your eyes
    She wants to smile with your smile" make me think that this older woman (or girl that is old beyond her years) wants to feel the innocence that this 15 year old boy has. That's all that she is wishing for; to see with his eyes, to smile with his smile. He wants to make her feel better, but he doesn't quite understand her predicament with the situation, and how to feel exactly, since the boy is younger (or at least, more immature).
    dreamaskylaron February 23, 2011   Link

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