"If You Want" as written by Luigino Di Agostino and Alan Wilder....
Working week's come to its end
Party time is here again
Everyone can come if they want to
If you want to be with me
If you want to be with me
You can come with me if you want to

Exercise your basic right
We could build a building site
From the bricks of shame is built the hope
If you want to be with me
If you want to be with me
Even though you may still not want to

Let tomorrow and today
Bring a life of ecstasy
Wipe away your tears of confusion
If you want to be with me
If you want to be with me
You can come with me if you want to
Even though you still may not want to

Lyrics submitted by Fistan, edited by NateAW, bakatoroi

"If You Want" as written by Alan Wilder

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  • +2
    General CommentI find it hard to discern the meaning of this song; Alan's lyrics are so much more oblique than those of Martin. I will relate to the first stanza only (which is my favourite part of the song).

    At first, when just looking at the words, it seems a joyful celebration of leisure time at the weekend ('Working week's come to its end, party time is here again').
    But the gloomy, brooding atmosphere/music in the first stanza suggests something different. There is that low bubbling bass synthesizer, that raw stomping beat, various unsettling noises/samples (e.g. a shrieking door), and Dave's voice is also very eerie on this one.
    This makes me think that the lyrics are tongue-in-cheek or obliquely suggestive. Alan Wilder may somehow refer to his role as an occasional outsider who despises the masses and their inclinations (boozing, disco, partying etc). The quintessence of the first stanza may read like this:
    'You can come with me if you want to; it's surely not gonna be what you're expecting or what most people do. It may also be dangerous somehow, solitary too (just the two of us). But if you dare to do so, it might be something of high value, interesting, and more fulfilling than the ordinary dispersions of the masses (boozing, disco, partying etc).'
    With this meaning in mind, it is effectively similar to Martin's "Something to do" ('I can't stand another drink, it's surprising this down doesn't sink. You're feeling the boredom too, I gladly go with you'), and would suit the general mood of the related album (Some Great Reward) very well.
    I could be wrong of course, but it makes sense to me somehow.
    RoHLandon February 18, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentUnderrated to the max!
    SteamMachineon May 15, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song. It was actually one of the first songs that got me started on Depeche Mode
    Zerosen2on August 07, 2009   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI think it's an open invitation to 'Depeche Mode' to adapt to change.
    redsuitcaseon December 04, 2017   Link

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