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Depeche Mode: Enjoy the Silence Meaning


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Song Released: 1990

Enjoy the Silence Lyrics

Words like violence break the silence

Come crashing in into my little world

Painful to me, pierce right through me

Can't you understand, oh my little girl?

All I ever wanted, all I ever needed

Is here in my arms

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    Apr 16th, 4:24pm report

    He wants to have her but not marry her. That is the only meaning through the entire song.

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    Jan 15th, 2017 1:27pm report

    You can have it all but, at the same time have nothing.

    Let's say that the life of a rock star looks fulfilling from the outside but, is rather tenuous on the inside.

    Perhaps there is a loneliness that transcends the life of fame and fortune. Maybe there is a love that is found, an embrace, a split-second in time that it appears the signer has peace of mind only to have that moment shattered once again.

    It was said that Elvis Presley as well as many other stars were surrounded by many people and still found themselves to be lonely.


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    Jun 4th, 2014 6:45am report

    This song has at least two levels to it. The entire violator album is about their addiction to heroin, every single song. Give it another listen. They are all odes to heroin and how it is all-consuming of their lives. Your own personal jesus? Heroin. Policy of truth (never again is what you swore, the time before)? Heroin.

    Enjoy the silence intrigues me the most because it is eerily beautiful beyond belief, technically perfect in the same sense as Beethoven's 9th. It is lyrically 2-fold, on one level being a love story - any words will trivialize the beauty of this moment of love we share. But on another, saying how words will ruin the high - which if you've ever done heroin, rings very true. Painful to me, pierce right through me is a direct reference to words being painful in his "little world" aka perfection he feels with his lover, indirectly to his perfect heroin high, and then on a third level, also a stark reference to the needle piercing him when he injects heroin.

    And of course, the subtle refrain, all I ever wanted, all I ever needed, is here in my arms, is fucking perfect, because on one hand it refers to his perfect embrace with his lover, but on another, refers to the heroin he has just shot into his arms. Perhaps in a deeper sense, his lover is like heroin to him, and heroin is like a lover to him. He is equally in love with both, and managed to write a song that gives equal tribute to his deep undying feeling towards them both simultaneously. Fucking Depeche Mode, rocking my world. Also, in the video, though some say it is a solitary rose that keeps flashing, I'm pretty sure it's a poppy flower- an obvious metaphor for all opiates.


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    Oct 20th, 2012 10:28am report

    its all about heroinnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn

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    May 26th, 2011 5:35pm report

    there's a remix and it details how in silence you can display true feelings for this one important person in your life they both do. and the quote 'words are very unnecessary, they can only do harm.' translates to don't speak just let me see you and enjoy being with you. 'words like violence.' says words are violent and they shouldn't be involved in deep and true love. and 'painful to me, pierce right through me.' means the words pierce him deeply. and he just wants quietness so he can enjoy being with this girl. and in the moment. this song along with precious is my favorite.


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    May 16th, 2011 5:30pm report

    I think this song is about depeche not wanting to go through talking. All he wants is silence because all talking causes is harmand nothing. When he talks about vows being spoken to be broken he means that whenever people in relationships go through and argument. They end up breaking all the vows they said when getting angry.


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    Feb 25th, 2010 2:36pm report

    The author of this song believes that love cannot be found in the words that you say to someone, but rather in the physical and sexual experiences you share with them. He is deeply in love with his partner, whom he calls his "little girl", as evidenced by how he calls her "all I ever wanted, all I ever needed". He simply wants to enjoy holding her and being with her and doesn't want either of them to speak, for fear of disturbing the mood. In the song, he is simultaneous hushing her while, ironically, telling her how much he loves her.

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