"A Question Of Time" as written by and Martin Gore....
I've got to get to you first
Before they do
It's just a question of time
Before they lay their hands on you
And make you just like the rest
I've got to get to you first
It's just a question of time
Well now you're only fifteen
And you look good
I'll take you under my wing
Somebody should
They've persuasive ways
And you'll believe what they say
It's just a question of time
It's running out for you
It won't be long until you'll do
Exactly what they want you to
I can see them now
Hanging around
To mess you up
To strip you down
And have their fun
With my little one
It's just a question of time
It's running out for you
It won't be long until you'll do
Exactly what they want you to
Sometimes I don't blame them
For wanting you
You look good
And they need something to do
Until I look at you
And then I condemn them
I know my kind
What goes on in our minds
It's just a question of time
It should be better
It's just a question of time
It should be better with you
It's just a question of time


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"A Question of Time" as written by Martin Lee Gore

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    My InterpretationI'll have to disagree with everone here.
    I think it's clear from the following part as well as the social criticism in many of Depeche Mode's songs that this song is NOT primarily about some sexual attraction of the portrayed man to a girl.

    "Before they lay their hands on you
    And make you just like the rest"

    It's about conformity.

    When he sings ...
    "I know my kind
    What goes on in our minds"
    ... I think he means the different reasons for which people want that girl to be part of their group. "They" only want her for her body. But while he recognizes her beauty, he sees more in her. He values her personality - which is why he would like to mentor/protect her ("I'll take you under my wing").

    Also note that this clearly sexual part is only very late in the song. Up until then, everything is very ambiguous. And so this part of the chorus ...
    "It won't be long until you'll do
    Exactly what they want you to"
    ... is probably meant primarily non-sexual. Yes, it's sexual as well. But again - that's because that's the only thing that most men think about. The comments here are evidence of that...
    But that's not his perspective.
    MAYBE he is also sexually attracted to her. But that's really besides the point.
    DavHon September 13, 2017   Link

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