"Behind the Wheel" as written by and Martin Lee Gore....
My little girl
Drive anywhere
Do what you want
I don't care
I'm in the hands of fate
I hand myself
Over on a plate
Oh little girl
There are times when I feel
I rather not be
The one behind the wheel
Pull my strings
Watch me move
I do anything
Sweet little girl
I prefer
You behind the wheel
And me the passenger
I'm yours to keep
Do what you want
I'm going cheap
You're behind the wheel, tonight

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"Behind the Wheel" as written by Martin Gore

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  • +5
    General CommentActually i would say it's about someone close to him affraid of actualy doing what she wants.
    (He refers to her as sweet little girl, would seem odd if it were BDSM related no?)

    More so i believe it's about the feeling you're always having to push someone to do things, while they won't just do them themselves even if they would want to.

    There are times when I feel
    I rather not be
    The one behind the wheel

    Suggest he usually is behind the weel and rather have it the other way around for a change.
    LikkleDwagonon January 20, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song is so about female domination. So many bits to this song refer to him wanting to be dominated, so he is willing to do whatever his girls asks.
    butterflykiss84on August 10, 2002   Link
  • +2
    Song MeaningA man wants his girl to dominate for one night, "to be on top". It occures so often with men )

    I don't think he wants global women domination or only his girl to dominate. He clearly says "tonight". I think there's no need to make this lyrics more complicate than they are )
    Vickingon February 19, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commentya i think this song is about how women always expect their man to do and think of everything. Its like Women expect men to know whats best for relationships etc, for once let the women go behind the wheel and figure out wtf needs to be done lol
    MarcelDwayneon October 23, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI agree with butterflykiss.
    "Do what you want
    I'm going cheap
    ... You're behind the wheel tonight"
    jaclynhas7dayson December 22, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think he doesn't actually refer to sex or to women. It's rather his attitude to life which from time to time makes him feel helplees and unwilling to do anything - it's his lack of will which we can also find in other songs like "Never let me down again", in which his friend drives (flies) an airplane and in which he likes being driven to places - he has no need to take steps or decisions - he rather lets other people do that for him. No responsibility, no need to be the one who decides (and makes mistakes maybe).
    thestampon March 02, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti don't think it's about a female domination... i think he's feeling very weak and hopeless and he asks her to help him, to 'take the wheel' in his moment of weakness...

    ...but it's actually my very first day of discovering DM and i might be wrong :)
    LucyInTheSkyWithRHon June 13, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYea, I mean you can take the literal translation which is that he doesn't feel like choosing things but it can expand to his life. He is sick of making mundane and rather boring questions. I can totally understand that...
    mnomeon June 14, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthestamp: Then why this continously refering to the "little girl? It's definitely about relationships! And that NLMDA nonsense, that song is about drugs, and not about beeing unwilling to decide over your own actions.

    We all feel insecure at one point or another in a relationship where you really can't tell if your thoughts and worries are true or not. This song is about this very point, when you need and let someone decide which path your life will continue on, "I'm in the hands of fate". The last "I'm going cheap" part is probably about that you will tolerate any decisions.
    Ligufion January 22, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWell looking at the lyrics female domination is what this song is about, but I guess I could be construeing it incorrectly.
    Celtic_FCon March 26, 2006   Link

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