You know what I need when my heart bleeds
I suffer from greed, a longing to feed
On the mercy in you

I can't conceal the way I'm healed
The pleasure I feel when I have to deal
With the mercy in you

I would do it all again
Lose my way and fall again
Just so I could call again
On the mercy in you, the mercy in you

When here in my mind I feel inclined
To wrongly treat you unkind
I have faith I will find
The mercy in you

I would lose my way again
Be led hopelessly astray again
Just so I could pray again
For the mercy in you

When here in my mind I have been blind
Emotionally behind
I have faith I will find
The mercy in you, the mercy in you
The mercy in you, the mercy in you


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    pankstank, don't be so black & white, especially when it's pretty much a fact that Martin tends to deal with a lot of religious themes in his lyrics.

    I think this song is open to interpretation as to whether it's about relationships or God; but I don't thinks it's a "master and servant" relationship that's portrayed here. And I definitely don't see a hunger for punishment even mentioned anywhere, it's mercy they're talking about! To me, it sounds more like the mercy & forgiveness of the "you" of the song is so great that the speaker is ready to lose his way just to experience it again, the positive feeling that he gets in the end of the hard process of falling from grace and begging to be forgiven again.

    brilliantdayson September 25, 2008   Link
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    This song is about forgiveness. No matter how many things you do wrong and how many times you fall into temptation to be a bad boy/girl. Someone is always there for you, to have mercy on you and forgive your sins.

    DMBLISSon March 01, 2006   Link
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    Songs of Faith and Devotion is a very touchy-feely album. I was at FYE a while back and the guy working there even said "That album is good for getting it on".

    It has already been established that Martin Gore is submissive (think Master and Servant, Behind the Wheel, etc.). The specific words in this song make it more profound and spiritual, but none the less, this is a sexual song. Its about a master/slave relationship. The slave is saying that they are disobedient because they love the punishment. They love having to beg for mercy and forgiveness. They love being so vulnerable.

    At least thats how I took it.

    MrsO426on June 30, 2007   Link
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    Definitely my favorite track from Songs of Faith and Devotion. The lyrics themselves are pretty self-explanitory, but the music has that great dirty/dance sound to it that Depeche Mode does so well. As usual, David has the perfect vocal delivery for the desperate lyrics.

    Shoegazedon March 09, 2006   Link
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    This song is definitely not about Jesus. The title SoFaD is in reference to relationships, not religion (not one member of the band is religious).

    pankstankon September 07, 2008   Link
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    He knows no matter how wrong or selfish he is she will take him back if he appeals to her mercy and love. At the same time he feels bad cause he takes advantage of that and keeps being selfish, taking her for granted, ect.

    starfireon December 03, 2009   Link
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    Rated 0 rate down rate up I believe this song is really up to whatever the listener is going through, whether it be a bf or gf taking you back or (how i view it) Jesus Christ forgiving us of our sins. i dont think its a veil of stubbornness flashback1983, but more of a way that Christians view things in life. And I think thats the beauty of DM you can perceive it to be sexual or spiritually uplifting,and that all depends on where you are in life.

    Also not to be rude or anything, but the whole point of Christianity isn't to love Jesus and try forcing it down other people's throats and hating them if they dont accept it, its about loving thy neighbor no matter what and hoping that they find Christ in their life.Im not saying to not be evangelical but to use discretion so us Christians don't get the bad stereotype of being,as flashback1083 put it, " literary illiteracy, lack of significant life experience, and/or the veil of ignorance cast over the eyes of most religious people."

    i accidentaly just put this whole thing as a reply to flashback1983's post. whoops

    XatoX7on November 19, 2011   Link
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    I usually wouldn't bother adding a comment, but after reading the Christianity oriented sentiments here, I could not contain my need to chime in before the need to vomit became too strong. It would take complete delusion to think that anything written by Martin Gore would be any kind of an endorsement of Christian thought. If you can't believe me, please listen to Blasphemous Rumors, Personal Jesus, Breathe, and John the Revelator, to get the party started, and then tell me how this is about the Lord Jesus Christ. The song is about the emotional catharsis gained from being shown mercy by another person. A powerful feeling gained, when punishment or rejection is expected (and perhaps even deliberately provoked) but is then replaced with something far more tender and compassionate. And honestly, I would not think most people, especially emotionally balanced individuals, would understand what is being described. It is a complicated, strange, and nearly addictive proclivity with its roots somewhere deep in unusual psycho-sexual relationship dynamics. It's part of what I've always admired about Martin Gore; he writes songs that give voice to some truly offbeat tendencies that most people would find hard to discuss.

    AnnEllspethon November 16, 2016   Link
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    Its a plea to you/us the fans

    neuregel11on March 15, 2023   Link
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    Its a plea to you/us the fans

    neuregel11on March 15, 2023   Link

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