Sacred, holy
To put it in words
To write it down
That is walking on hallowed ground
But it's my duty
I'm a missionary

So here is my confession
It's an obsession
I'm a firm believer
And a warm receiver
And I've made my decision
This is religion
There's no doubt
I'm one of the devout

Trying to sell the story
Of love's eternal glory

Sacred, holy
To put it in words
To write it down
That is walking on hallowed ground
But it's my duty
I'm a missionary

Spreading the news around the world
Taking the word to boys and girls
I'm a firm believer
And a warm receiver
And I will go down on my knees
When I see beauty
There's no doubt
I'm one of the devout

Trying to sell the story
Of love's eternal glory

Sacred holy
To put it in words
To write it down
That is walking on hallowed ground
But it's my duty
I'm a missionary

Sacred, holy
Sacred, holy
Sacred (to put it in words, to write it down)
Holy (that is walking on hallowed ground)
Sacred (to put it in words, to write it down)
Holy (that is walking on hallowed ground)
Sacred (to put it in words, to write it down)
Holy (that is walking on hallowed ground)
Sacred (to put it in words, to write it down)
Holy (that is walking on hallowed ground)
Sacred (to put it in words, to write it down)
Holy (that is walking on hallowed ground)
Sacred (to put it in words)


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  • +2
    General Comment

    Again, Martin seeing a connection between sex and religion. You've got to love the little double entendres in here: "I'm a missionary"..."I'm a firm believer"..."And I will go down on my knees/When I see beauty". Sex, sex, sex...

    I can just imagine all of the winks and nudges in the studio when they we're recording this song. Gotta love Martin...he is sex obsessed and kinky as hell, lol.

    LuvMartinGoreon June 26, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    Only 2 comments?! This song so deserves more than that. So here's the 3rd.

    monster36604on January 19, 2009   Link
  • +1
    Song Meaning

    This song is tongue-in-cheek for the what we romance rockers call the "Religion of Love" lol. Its supposed to be sexy but also kind of funny. He says "Im a missionary"...really, what else does "missionary" mean? lol. Yes, its a sex position! Sex is a sacred act, and Dave Gahan and Martin Gore are devout followers of the "faith" so to speak. lol.

    FearovNapalm412on November 11, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    It seems that every song by every artist is about sex or drugs. I think that many of the people that provide comments are obsessed.

    james10429on May 28, 2015   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    You can really hear the irony in this song. I believe this song is about Christianity and religion. I think it's about people who are scared of reality and try to convince other people of their beliefs, so that they can feel safe and good about themselves.

    DmCmon April 15, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    Travelling around the world, having sex with groupies. What a life!

    xodon March 15, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    I don't think it's just about sex! Can't believe Martin is so obsessed. It's a hymn of love. He's a famous writer and his words are heard all around the world and so he has to write about love. He feels this as a duty. Anyway Dave sings "hallowed ground" and not "hollowed".

    Lilian999on July 02, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    For me, the song's content is not overtly or only sexual. Martin once said, his lyrics are open to many interpretations. So the sexual interpretation is one possibility, but not the only one valid.

    For me, with lines like 'And I will go down on my knees when I see beauty', the song's just going to say that the singer is a devout practitioner of the religion of love (which includes sex, but many other things as well).

    RoHLandon July 07, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    I had always thought this was a song about Christian missionaries. With some of his other songs, i had thought of him as a christian, and one thing Christians do is have missionaries go to remote corners of the globe to preach the Christian faith.

    Clockeron July 08, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    You can really hear the ironi in this song. I believe this song is about Christianity and religion. I think it's about people who are scared of reality and try to convince other people of their beliefs, so that they can feel safe and good about themselves.

    DmCmon April 15, 2016   Link

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