"Martyr" as written by John Jesse Guzman and Roy Mayorga....
I've been a martyr for love
And I will die in the flames
As I draw my last breath
As I'm closing on death
I will call out your name

I've been a martyr for love
Nailed up on the cross
While you're having your fun
As the damage is done
I'm assessing the cost

I knew what I was letting myself in for
I knew that I could never even the score

I've been a martyr for love
I need to be by your side
I have knelt at your feet
I have felt your deceit
Couldn't leave if I tried

I've been a martyr for love
Tortured every hour
From the day I was born
I've been moved like a pawn
By the greatest of powers

I knew that I would have to suffer in vain
Aware that I would never outgrow the pain

I've been a martyr for love
I've been a martyr for love
I've been a martyr for love

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"Martyr" as written by Martin Gore

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    My InterpretationTo me this song is a summation of all of the love songs Martin has written over the years that are in the same vein. Time and time again he has written about being moved by love's overwhelming force like a pawn and suffering deeply for it. I could pick out over a dozen songs that feed into this theme: being a martyr for love.

    Dressed in Black
    Higher Love
    In Chains
    I Feel You
    In Your Room
    Master and Servant
    Mercy In You
    One Caress

    Of course, many of these same songs have D/s or BDSM overtones as well and I find that fascinating. Martin (or at least the persona that comes through in his songs) seems to love so profoundly that complete submission of his heart, and occasionally his body, is the natural result. When he does suffer in the physical, erotic sense at his lover's hands it is out of love and not merely to get off sexually. Love, pain, and submission are all intertwined for him in both the emotional and physical realm, which is why these songs can be interpreted as describing the surrender of one’s heart to another (which we all identify with) or the relationship between a slave and his Mistress.
    Carinapiron January 04, 2010   Link
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    General CommentSeems like hes talking about... loving someone and they are not caring back, and they are going out and not helping him out. Being tortured every hour.

    This song is awesome, if u can't find out where it is, its on you tube.

    ThoR294on October 29, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAbsolutely love this song!

    I think thor's right, but the "Nailed up on the cross" part makes you think of it in a different light.
    amyst19on January 01, 2007   Link
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    General Commentnailed up on the cross + "I knew what I was letting my self in for
    I knew that I could never even the score"

    he knew he had it coming also?

    I just absolutely love this song
    ThoR294on January 23, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt's an unbalanced relationship where you suffer, because the other person doesn't devote as much as you do....
    blynxon February 22, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI love this song, I cant belive They didnt include this one on "playing the angel", if this song (along with "Martyr") where on the album, it would have been an even better album
    Depeche Mod3on February 26, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's about Dave's heroin and cocaine addiction.
    tristesseglobaleon October 02, 2007   Link
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    General CommentOh my god.
    It's not about fucking Jesus. Shit.
    They just use religious metaphors a lot. They're not blinded bible thumpers. I personally just think that the only way they can the intensity and passion in their lyrics along with the severity is to use religious metaphors. They have more impact and meaning.
    If they were soo religious, would they expect to "find god laughing" upon death?
    MagentaMSIon June 01, 2008   Link
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    General CommentMagenta, I agree with you about DM's use of religious metaphors - brilliant comments on that, but jeez, show some respect - to your Creator and to fellow posters.
    higherlovetxon June 13, 2008   Link
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    General CommentLove this song. It's one of my favourite. ^^
    I don't think it's about a definite and precise relationship. Like Sacred, he's saying he has spent his life loving, regardless of the cost.
    Lilian999on July 02, 2009   Link

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