Do you ever get that feeling when the guilt begins to hurt?
Seeing all the children wallowing in dirt
Crying out with hunger, crying out in pain
At least the dirt will wash off when it starts to rain

Soap won't wash away your shame

Do you ever get that feeling that something isn't right?
Seeing your brother's fists clenched ready for the fight
Soon the fighting turns to weapons and the weapons turn to wounds
So the doctors stitch and stitch and stitch and stitch and stitch and stitch and stitch

Surgery won't improve your pain

It all seems so stupid
It makes me want to give up
But why should I give up when it all seems so stupid?

Do you ever get the feeling that something can be done
To eradicate these problems and make the people one?
Do you ever get that feeling something like a nagging itch?
And all the while the doctors stitch and stitch and stitch and stitch and stitch

Hope alone won't remove the stains, shame

It all seems so stupid
It makes me want to give up
But why should I give up when it all seems so stupid?

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Shame Lyrics as written by Martin Gore

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    Can't believe no one wrote about this song... I think the sound, the melody and the different voices are very catching. It's an example of Martin's ironic genius... I don't have to explain the lyrics, Martin words are enough =)

    Lilian999on August 27, 2010   Link
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    More people should know this song - It is too good.

    Hope alone won't remove the stains

    Lostmycapoon September 15, 2010   Link
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    As no one has mentioned the obvious - this song seems to be about people who live privileged lives (perhaps including the band members themselves?) and feel guilty & powerless to change the ongoing status quo of the world - hunger, wealth inequality, hate between people & wars.

    They inquire why can’t we become “one” as a human race and stop all the unnecessary pain the world suffers? Very philosophical…

    indstrlgalon April 04, 2023   Link

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