Well, I'm down on my knees again
And I pray to the only one
Who has the strength to bear the pain
To forgive all the things that I've done

Oh, girl
Lead me into your darkness
When this world is trying its hardest
To leave me unimpressed
Just one caress
From you and I'm blessed

When you think you've tried every road
Every avenue
Take one more look, what you found old
And in it, you'll find something new

Oh, girl
Lead me into your darkness
When this world is trying its hardest
To leave me unimpressed
Just one caress
From you and I'm blessed

I'm shying from the light
I always loved the night
And now you offer me
Eternal darkness

I have to believe that sin
Can make a better man
Well, it's the mood that I am in
That's left us back where we began

Oh, girl
Lead me into your darkness
When this world is trying its hardest
To leave me unimpressed
Just one caress
From you and I'm blessed

Oh, girl
Lead me into your darkness
When this world is trying its hardest
To leave me unimpressed
Just one caress
From you and I'm blessed


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One Caress Lyrics as written by Martin Gore

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  • +3
    General Comment

    Well. I can't leave this one on suicide, so I have to say something.

    If Martin is down on his knees, praying to a woman, he's not in a church! Besides Martin's not a Catholic, thus wouldn't be a kneeler in church anyway.

    If he's kneeling before a woman and saying that only the woman has the strength to bear the pain, then it's a dom/sub situation. The kneeler, the sub, does not own his own body, the domme does. So if he's getting a whipping on his body by the domme, since his body belongs to the domme (not his) then while she whips him, she's bearing the pain.

    And he's being punished for being a dog--his sins.

    MapMistresson July 04, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General Comment

    It's about someone who willingly gives into death. Seems like they had a bit of a habit and want to be lead into 'Eternal Darkness' very clever Mr Gore.

    Guided By Voiceson September 20, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    i think it means that hes about to cheat on his girlfriend.

    "I have to believe that sin Can make a better man It's the mood that I am in That's left us back where we began".

    alanjwerneron June 30, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    hmmm . . . I listened to this song for three hours one time.

    SafeAsHouseson December 29, 2006   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretation

    Hi, as already mentioned I think this song is about depressions, taking drugs, addiction and thinking about suicide and death.

    1. stanza: resignation, depression (down on my knees) - he wants to ease the pain and find remedy by taking drugs (to bear the pain)

    Refrain:

    Girl = Drug

    Many drugs have female names in the scene:

    Cannabis - Mary Jane Methamphetamine - Tina, Crystal MDMA - Molly Salvia - Sally D, Maria Pastora LSD - Lucy Cocaine - Snow White Methcathinone - Cat Dieacetylemorphine - Heroin (female hero?) PCP - Angel, Angel Dust 5-MEO-DiPT - Foxy, Foxy Moxy Oxycontin - Roxy, Roxies Adderal/Dextroamphetamine - Addy Atropa Belladonna - Belladonna Qualudes - Mandy, Mandies Ketamine - Kitty

    every time he takes drugs he feels better (Just one caress From you and I'm blessed)

    1. stanza: things seem to lose their cruelty and by taking more and different drugs he can make is last (When you think you've tried every road Every avenue Take one more look At what you found old And in it you'll find something new)

    2. stanza loves his addiction - in his eyes the only way to become " a better man" considers to overdose (eternal darkness) and die

    Love that song

    raeubertochtaon January 26, 2017   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    this song is my favorite depeche mode song sung by martin gore.. i think its pretty clear that its about a girl who keeps taking him back after he does wrong..tut tut lol

    Kempon May 14, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    This is not even about a girl. Its about a habit........

    Mode000on July 08, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    it's too easy too see that's about death.. girl = death, the rest it's easy to understand..

    Pogo-The-Clownon September 16, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    you shoud all hear it live!! it's brilliant :D

    mitten_kittenon October 01, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    God, what a dark, eerie, beautiful song. To me, this song is not only about death, but probably about suicide.

    LuvMartinGoreon August 15, 2007   Link

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