"To Have And To Hold" as written by and Martin Lee Gore....
I need to be cleansed
It's time to make amends
For all of the fun
The damage is done

And I feel diseased
I'm down on my knees
I need forgiveness
Someone to bear witness

To the goodness within
Beneath the sin
Although I may flirt
With all kinds of dirt

To the point of disease
Now I want release
From all this decay
Take it away

And somewhere
There's someone who cares
With a heart of gold
To have and to hold

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"To Have And To Hold" as written by Martin Gore

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    General CommentDeftones covered this song on the For the Masses tribute.
    samwaltonon May 25, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt's clearly about repenting ones' sins to Jesus Christ.
    droyd81on August 03, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis song is so beautiful. Though its very melancholic, it has a touching spin of optimism towards the end, which I really like.

    Yes, there's definitely a lot of heavy religious imagery in the lyrics, which was obviously intentional, but I think it works very powerfully on a romantic, non-spiritual level as well.
    aspacetripon April 04, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI believe this song is about a person who feels diseased for what he can do. Dave says 'Although I may flirt with all kinds of dirt'. So he wants to relieve himself of this burden. When finally Dave tells about 'Someone who cares, with a heart of gold, to have and to hold' I think he's refering to another person, maybe a friend, or even a firm lover, who listen to him to his problems and takes the disease over him. He/She's someone who cares to have (which means to listen to him) and to hold (which I think means to be able to hold off the pain from him and throw suffering away).

    I've spent a lot of time looking for the meaning of this song, because I saw a difference between 'have' and 'hold', but it wasn't enough. As always, when I stopped looking for, I've found it.
    Lilian999on September 08, 2009   Link
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    General CommentHe feels guilty for being a slut and cheating on his partner."To have and to hold" is a traditional wedding vow. He really wants to settle down and find the right person.
    OneFleshon November 25, 2009   Link
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    General Commentobviously about me I am clearly the only one who cares
    billclintonon April 15, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationThere is a theme on this album of filth and sin and the basest parts of human behaviour. This song seems to be a longing for someone who can make him cleaner, more removed from that; someone better than him. Almost like he realizes that he has no moral compass (or at least a seriously flawed one) and wants someone to fulfill that role for him.
    BekkaZon September 14, 2013   Link

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