Girl of sixteen
Whole life ahead of her
Slashed her wrists
Bored with life
Didn't succeed
Thank the Lord
For small mercies

Fighting back the tears
Mother reads the note again
Sixteen candles burn in her mind
She takes the blame
It's always the same
She goes down on her knees
And prays

I don't want to start
Any blasphemous rumors
But I think that God's
Got a sick sense of humor
And when I die
I expect to find Him laughing

I don't want to start
Any blasphemous rumors
But I think that God's
Got a sick sense of humor
And when I die
I expect to find Him laughing

Girl of eighteen
Fell in love with everything
Found new life in Jesus Christ
Hit by a car
Ended up
On a life support machine

Summer's day
As she passed away
Birds were singing
In the summer's sky
Then came the rain
And once again
A tear fell
From her mother's eye

I don't want to start
Any blasphemous rumors
But I think that God's
Got a sick sense of humor
And when I die
I expect to find Him laughing

I don't want to start
Any blasphemous rumors
But I think that God's
Got a sick sense of humor
And when I die
I expect to find Him laughing

I don't want to start
Any blasphemous rumors
But I think that God's
Got a sick sense of humor
And when I die
I expect to find Him laughing

I don't want to start
Any blasphemous rumors
But I think that God's
Got a sick sense of humor
And when I die
I expect to find Him laughing

I don't want to start
Any blasphemous rumors
But I think that God's
Got a sick sense of humor
And when I die
I expect to find Him


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  • +4
    General CommentThis song is about questioning God's intentions and his power. Depeche Mode were touring Eastern Europe and Asia at the time and Martin Gore saw a lot of poverty and hard things. Similar to what we see each day on the news in regards to Africa & Afghanistan... he probably saw that first hand.

    If you haven't noticed, a lot of Depeche Mode's songs are about challenging God's relationship with Man.
    depmode21on December 20, 2008   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI just wanna say to all of you who are pontificating about Depeche Mode's view of religion and Martin's religious beliefs: This song was written and recorded when Alan Wilder was a member of the band. Although he had just joined 2 years earlier, his influence on their musical style AND on the content of their lyrics was profound on Some Great Reward(which this song was the final track on). Even though Martin Gore is credited with writing this song, there is no doubt that Alan had something to do with the inspiration for it as Alan Wilder has been very open about the fact that he is a fervent Atheist and has always been extremely scornful or organized religion. Since his departure from Depeche Mode, the bands lyrics have become even more spiritual and overtly religious in the sense of mentioning God directly. One could argue that the spirituality found on SOFAB is what drove Alan to departure.
    Sozlukon December 18, 2011   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThis song is about how life isn't fair, nothing more nothing less.
    Mimzy1989on December 15, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThe pope condemned DM for this song. How hilarious. The meaning's pretty obvious. Still when Dave sings "Summers day as she passed away" I still get a tinge of depression. Awsome song.
    Helixion June 12, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General Commentits pretty clear what the song is about.
    A girl is bored with life, wants to end it, tries and fails.
    When she finally loves life and wants it god takes her life away.
    DP is saying god must have a sick sense of humor for his ways.
    Alexis507on February 17, 2005   Link
  • +2
    Song MeaningAhh,"Blasphemous Rumours", the story of a girl who fails a suicide attempt, then converts to Christianity only to be hit by a car and die.
    Redemption Equals Death indeed
    TKProdoctionson August 22, 2013   Link
  • +2
    General CommentRather than a condemnation of God, to me this song seems like an expression of frustration and hurt after something horrible happens. Someone in a great deal of pain lashing out.
    Derfon February 13, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General CommentDear Marcel Dwayne,

    It appears intellect is the one thing you sadly don't have. There are very few people who can rightly claim to be atheist. Those people are the ones who have read and understood Hawking's 'A Brief history of time.' Until then we'll file you under agnostic shall we?

    It appears that you didn't research Christianity very broadly at all. There are certainly some churches who prey off emotion but the many I've involved myself with over the years are all about logical realities and what not. Stop painting pictures of Christians as ignorant people who act soley on, and are slaves to, their emotions.

    I look at this song as a way of attempting to understand the age old question 'Why do bad things happen to good person.' [and reverse - why do good things happen to bad people.]

    The girl attempting suicide can be seen as 'bad' from the standpoint that she was bored with life, an entirely selfish reason to want to kill yourself. Yet somehow she's saved. Rock on to a few years later and she's turned her life around, accepted God and is viewed as a 'good' person, yet her life is cut short then. Why? There's no clear and easy answer for it and I think everyone has their ideas, the lyrics in this song being one of those.

    And Marcel Dwayne, you can no more prove God doesn't exist than I can prove he does. It's a catch-22 I'll admit but just because you don't believe in God doesn't mean others can't, and your opinion on this matter makes you no better or worse than anyone else. Whatever their opinion may be.
    ashaon March 05, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is very powerful to many and has much emotion and is going to have many many different opinions and arguments... but what we all really need to understand is no body is entirely correct and we can't go around arguing over unanswered questions and uncertain things, faith or no faith, we're all right and wrong. But anyways, if there was, a "God" that did control this whole universal system somehow (man or energy) Why blame him or it for our reckless driving and our hateful desires and our own faults as humans together... WE cause war, hate, crime, death, love... the only finger i can point at is all of us together... Trying to prove each other wrong, and believe youre own self is the ultimate correct way. Not every body is this way, I know this, but many. Besides i think people shouldnt take the bible too too seariously, i know that sounds silly to firm believers but we all make mistakes anyways, I dont thikn God punishes nor "takes" someone life away, the way they describe it in some bibles, i think... It's all very condemning. Now i dont know what i'm trying to prove, Ah i know... Communication and acceptance. and Listening to others, and accepting there own world, ofcourse if its unharmful. Ah just enjoy your freedom. Enjoy your dreams. Have faith in most anything. and love. Depeche Mode has some cool songs
    ExistingCandyon March 11, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think it's more a song about tragedy and sorrow than anything else. It's about the way we feel when things happen in life that are wrong and senseless and out of order, and we feel the world doesn't work.
    CuteSparkinaon May 16, 2007   Link

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