Reach out and touch faith

Your own personal Jesus
Someone to hear your prayers
Someone who cares
Your own personal Jesus
Someone to hear your prayers
Someone who's there

Feeling unknown
And you're all alone
Flesh and bone
By the telephone
Lift up the receiver
I'll make you a believer

Take second best
Put me to the test
Things on your chest
You need to confess
I will deliver
You know I'm a forgiver

Reach out and touch faith
Reach out and touch faith

Your own personal Jesus
Someone to hear your prayers
Someone who cares
Your own personal Jesus
Someone to hear your prayers
Someone who's there

Feeling unknown
And you're all alone
Flesh and bone
By the telephone
Lift up the receiver
I'll make you a believer
I will deliver
You know I'm a forgiver

Reach out and touch faith

Your own personal Jesus

Reach out and touch faith
Reach out and touch faith
Reach out and touch faith
Reach out and touch faith

Reach out and touch faith
Reach out, reach out
Reach out and touch faith



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"Personal Jesus" as written by Martin Gore

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  • +7
    General Comment:Reach out and touch faith
    is a take on AT&T's old slogan "Reach out and touch someone".

    This song talks about the "second best" thing to talking to Jesus - the business of TV/phone evangelism. Getting "saved" through another human, a human who waits until you're down and out and vulnerable ("Feeling unknown/And you're all alone"), and then you're saved and converted, for a small fee. These guys basically play Jesus for these needy people - people with the need for an answer, because they're prayers aren't getting answered. Forgiving sins, converting folks to Christianity, etc. - all without getting off the couch.
    Chinupon December 28, 2004   Link
  • +4
    General Comment:Another atheistic song. Its a Gore seal man! Just like Blasphemous... I think this song is a kinda "Nietzschian" philosofy. Believe in your self, not in gods.
    The 1sts verses explains all song.
    Your own personal jesus (that god you carry inside you, YOURSELF) is the only whos gonna hear your prayers, the only one who cares about you, is you.
    Forget god, dont expect nothing about him, its all in you (thats not my vision, lol, thats Martin vision)
    Presagioon February 05, 2006   Link
  • +3
    General Comment:I think the song is about phone sex - quite seriously.
    paphanon December 07, 2004   Link
  • +3
    General Comment:Actually, THE Trent Reznor didn't say that; rather, a user on Songmeanings.net who goes by "Trent Reznor" as his username, who posted a message on Page 1 of this song's comment page. I apologize for any confusion.
    stoolhardyon December 21, 2005   Link
  • +3
    General Comment:I think this song it basically him offering to be someones Jesus, so one who will do anything for them, someone who will take there call and be there for them when ever they need it.
    mixedtasteinmusicon May 03, 2007   Link
  • +3
    General Comment:According to songwriter Martin Gore:

    "It's a song about being a Jesus for somebody else, someone to give you hope and care. It's about how Elvis was her man and her mentor and how often that happens in love relationships; how everybody's heart is like a god in some way, and that's not a very balanced view of someone, is it?"

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    Spog Zallagion April 26, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General Comment:According to songwriter Martin Gore:

    It's a song about being a Jesus for somebody else, someone to give you hope and care. It's about how Elvis was her man and her mentor and how often that happens in love relationships; how everybody's heart is like a god in some way, and that's not a very balanced view of someone, is it?
    AaronSaundon November 23, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:I read a long long time ago that Martin Gore wrote this song after he read the autobiography of Pricella Presley about her love and devotion to Elvis. I can see how this song can relate to a one-sided relationship, when someone looses themself in the other... it can be tragic.
    tjkerouacon October 11, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:Annnnd because I forgot to mention this earlier: A lot of people tend to take this song quite literally, to mean that Jesus is meant to save everyone and what have you. But Depeche Mode aren\'t exactly a Christian rock band. So I would reconsider your interpretations. Of course, to each his own. I could be completely wrong.
    misschichion April 23, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:I think this song is simply about the good friend that one confides in. Personal Jesus is the savior of this person, keeping them sane by their companionship/friendship.
    kevin_kyleon March 05, 2006   Link

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