She remembered all the shadows and the doubts
The same film
Vivid pictures like a wall that's standing empty
And the night so still

Such a small affair, a relapse, someone closing
Like the nightclub door
Here again and when you speak I watch you move away
And seem so sure

She is hoping to forget
And the moment almost slips away
When the colours move apart
And I wonder if you want to stay

And I need to change you like the words I'm reading
Don't you understand?
This the warning and the message I remember
As you touch my hand


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Any Second Now (Voices) [2006 Remaster] Lyrics as written by Vince Clarke

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    My Interpretation

    I think I'm going out on a limb here, but I think this song is about a fear of intimacy. "She remembered all the shadows and the doubts" ~She's been hurt in a past relationship, perhaps even raped, but that's a BIG assumption...

    "Don't you understand This the warning and the message I remember As you touch my hand"

    Basically, I see this as a somewhat hopeful ending, because she's gotten past the pain she experienced in the previous relationship; either that or she's at least acknowledged it.

    EighthSpectrumHueon January 26, 2011   Link
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    General Comment

    great song ! it touches the soul type lyrics...i like it.

    xl5ronon June 02, 2004   Link
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    General Comment

    This song is one of DM's most haunting, and that's saying a lot!

    The song is very cryptic to me, but the general feeling I get from the song is that it's about that specific moment when one must decide whether to end a relationship or give it another chance.

    I hope someone else can chime in here and offer some insight...

    hidispenseron October 24, 2004   Link
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    General Comment

    To me it's one of DM's most beautiful songs. I think the lyrics above have a slight error, tho... instead of "when the colours move apart" I'd always thought it was "when the covers move apart." The inference is that she's getting out of bed and he's wondering if she would really rather still be there with him.

    rktktvion October 17, 2007   Link
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    General Comment

    To me it's one of DM's most beautiful songs. I think the lyrics above have a slight error, tho... instead of "when the colours move apart" I'd always thought it was "when the covers move apart." The inference is that she's getting out of bed and he's wondering if she would really rather still be there with him.

    rktktvion October 17, 2007   Link
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    General Comment

    I love this. You can see where Vince Clark was going with this and what the future held, songwriting wise with Yazoo. AND, you can see that Martin's songwriting and musical influence really is Vince.

    mozrozon July 31, 2008   Link

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