"Condemnation" as written by and Martin Gore....
Condemnation
Tried
Here on the stand
With the book in my hand
Truth on my side

Accusations
Lies
Hand me my sentence
I'll show no repentance
I'll suffer with pride

If for honesty
You want apologies
I don't sympathize
If for kindness
You substitute blindness
Please open your eyes

Condemnation
Why?
Because my duty
Was always to beauty
That was my crime

Feel elation
High
To know I can trust this
Fix of injustice
Time after time

If you see purity
As immaturity
Well, it's no surprise
If for kindness
You substitute blindness
Please open your eyes


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"Condemnation" as written by Martin Gore

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    General CommentI have always thought this song is about a man who's charged and (morally) tried for being unfaithful to his lover.

    As he involves himself in this moral struggle, he assumes the role of a man who's being unfairly charged:
    "here on the stand with the book in my hand. And truth on my side".

    As he engages more in this moral strife, he assumes a very victimized and dignified position, so BEFORE defending himself, he asks for his sentence:
    "Hand me my sentence. I'll show no repentance. I'll suffer with pride".

    Then, AFTER accepting his sentence, he defends himself, arguing some sort of "innocent manhood purity", which justifies his unfaithfulness.
    "Because my duty was always to beauty. And that was my crime.
    ...
    If you see purity as immaturity. Well it's no surprise".

    But then, at the end, the accused gives this moral confrontation a dramatic turn over: he shows he was not really feeling victimized and unfairly charged. He was actually being brazen, cheeky and shameless -very usual on Depeche's lyrics-. So, he tells his lover/accuser/judge that he feels "elation, high" to know he can trust this fix of injustice "time after time".

    More over, at the very end he even gets offensive and asks her to "open her eyes", like asking her not to be stupid, and stop fooling herself.
    maureynosoon June 26, 2013   Link

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