Depeche Mode: A Question of Time Meaning
Song Released: 1986
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A Question of Time Lyrics
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
anonymous Aug 15th report
He is protecting the innocent girl from the predators his age preying on her. He is familiar with their intentions and wants her for himself.
anonymous Oct 17th 2020 report
Do any of you people know how to write in English? Ffs. Half of these comments barely make sense although I can pick out what some of you are trying to convey.
It’s pretty simple, it’s one of three meanings.
1: It’s some pedophile creep preying on a young girl and trying to make her his before the other pedos can get to her.
2: It’s a young man who’s slightly too old for the girl right now since she’s only 15 but he knows that as soon as she turns 18 the guys his age will start preying on her. So he wants to save her from them but also for himself. So he’s going to watch out for her while she’s a kid then when she’s finally of age make his move before the other slightly older guys can. It’s still creepy.
Or 2: It’s a vampire who’s older than he looks and knows that the other vampires are going to prey on this young virgin so he wants to save her even though he knows he shouldn’t form a romantic relationship with her because even though he might look like a young man (18ish) he’s actually way too old for her even in human years.
anonymous Apr 6th 2019 report
The same hidden meanings as in NLMDA case ("car safety rules for drunk gays under heroin" - according to the vast majority of fans). But let's look a little deeper. Why we so in love with DM - just for the trivial "saving" your potential girlfriend from next-sitting school guy? No. On the first level it sounds almost humorous - the girl, the brave good guy and the evil society around it - wrong bad guys, friends, parents, teachers, e.t.c. On the second layer - an angel or maybe God himself, caring the soul of devotee: "I've got to get to you first. Before THEY do." Feel the difference between a standard pop-songs and immortal DM classics:)
anonymous Dec 3rd 2014 report
In contrast to poster #1, I never found this song to be too romantic, even when it came out. Over the years, my personal interpretation became that it's about a (much?) older man looking at the girl as 'fresh meat'. He's playing the role of an elder confidante, just to have his way with her, while trying to shield her from other 'predators' (..."I know my kind, what goes on in our minds..."
anonymous Nov 28th 2011 report
I' m only a little bit younger than Martin Gore. The meaning is the same what I was thinking in my youth. You see a young girl, that has never had a boyfriend. You want to have this girl as your girlfriend and you want to stay yourself. You are honest, natural, lovely, polite, smart and modest. You think you must protect her from the society, to have more chances to get her. When she made too much experiences in the society, you must change yourself. Then you have to be tough, noisy and selfish. The continuation of this song came several years later in German, the band "Die Prinzen" and the song "Schwein sein".
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