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Im taking a ride with my best friend
I hope he never lets me down again
He knows where he's taking me
Taking me where I want to be
Im taking a ride with my best friend

We're flying high, we're watching the world pass us by
Never want to...


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    Jan 20th, 1:27am report

    Martin is not gay
    Dave was not on smack when this was written
    It is pretty obvious that it is about narcotics. Either smack or LSD
    To avoid a bad trip you have to remind yourself it’s just a trip - you are wearing the trousers.


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    Jan 19th, 1:39pm report

    Its about Addiction, booze? drugs? could be either, which is why its so brilliant! all the homosexual references are bollox! Some guy wrote a whole article on how it was a definite homosexual reference, and I could not find one thing in his whole painfully boring article to support this! Its great music, whatever its about, take from it what u will!!


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    Jul 1st, 2018 7:22pm report

    Dude is literally taking a ride with his best friend to a private place where they can have sex with each other. The friend is the dominant one, is probably bi, and is the one who makes the decision when he wants to have sex. If the friend feels he's not the one controlling the tempo (wearing the trousers)of the relationship he might get angry and decide to look elsewhere for a shag.


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    Jan 29th, 2017 1:20am report

    It's two fold. First is the drug. Second is the gay relationship.


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    Apr 19th, 2016 4:22pm report

    It's about booze, none of you are paying attention to the imagery, the video starts out by drinking BOOZE from the old coffee pot. The old man represents an old habit, DRINKING. Later in the video, the singer is 'rescued' from a ditch like he passed out there from a binge. When you are a drunk, the world passing you by is exactly what happens. Also, 'safe as houses' is the lowered inhibitions and courage brought about by being drunk, as apposed to a usually meek sober person. It could be about any drug, really, no addict likes coming down as referenced by "never want to come down", but my vote is booze because of the imagery used.


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    Sep 16th, 2015 9:17am report

    Those of you who say it's about alcohol need to realize that booze is never thought of as a friend. its always despised when someone is aware of their addiction to it. But heroine is ALWAYS considered an ally. Always. Its seen as the answer to all and even when you are a junky you can still function and maintain at a certain level. the "ride" is not drunk lol its "being high"

    Doesn't matter who wrote it when the one who writes it knows who will be singing it. and Dave's heroine addiction certainly affected the band enough for the writer to have a point of view enough to write this song for Dave to sing.


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    Dec 25th, 2014 12:00am report

    It's no secret that Dave has had problems with drugs, including heroin. Examination of the lyrics of this song lean more towards heroin addiction than other suggested explanations. "Taking a ride with my best friend" - heroin. "Never let me down" - heroin. "Safe as houses" - heroin, no problem, we got you. "As long as I remember who's wearing the trousers" - heroin, the one in control (wearing the trousers).

    Others have suggested homosexuality as an underlying tone. While it's no secret that Martin Gore and Vince (Vincent) Clark are gay, Dave is not. He has had two wives and at least as many kids. If you want music with homosexual undertones, listen to Pet Shop Boys or, more obviously, Erasure (Vince Clark & Andy Bell). Besides, you have to REALLY stretch it to make this song about homosexuality - and that connection just isn't there.


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    Jul 1st, 2014 7:57am report

    The song's about life and God ??

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway


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    May 21st, 2014 5:31am report

    Definitely about Heroin use, like "Sister of Night" from "Ultra". Martin Gore obviously wrote these songs for Dave Gahan and knew Gahan could deliver them with credibility.


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    Oct 24th, 2013 10:14pm report

    I totally agree this song is about heroin


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    Jun 9th, 2013 6:28pm report

    its about his relationship with god.

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway


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    Aug 27th, 2011 8:52am report

    Lol I know every one will snap from this interpretation, and you probably are all right. But I've always liked to believe this song is about your dogs point of view of your relationship lol (Taking a ride with my best friend, promise me I'm safe as long as I remeber who's wearing the trousers...etc). But I'm sure you guys are right, lol, I'd just like to stick to this interpretation.


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    Apr 13th, 2011 4:27am report

    I feel the people who think this song is about homosexuals/bisexuals or anything related are wrong.

    Is the song about heroin? No, I don't believe so either and here is why.

    Martin Gore, the song writer, never did heroin so why would he write such a song? Of course the song is about addiction, but I feel the addiction he is referring to is alcohol. Martin Gore used to be an alcoholic and this could very well be his interpretation of his relationship with alcohol at the time.


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    Mar 25th, 2011 3:58pm report

    The song is about drug use/abuse. It's about abusing drugs and conversely how the drug is like a partner in a relationship who gets you high but is in control. The singer is acknowledging that he is too weak to gain control of the drug yet he wants to be there taking the drug and flying high with it anyway.

    Never want to 'come down'
    We're 'flying high'

    These are obvious drug references especially when you consider the acknowledgement of drugs being powerful enough to take control of your life in the 'as long as i remember who's wearing the trousers' line. 'promises me i'm safe as houses' is an allusion to an abusive partner who always promises safety and security no matter if it's true or not, which can be argued is exactly what a drug promises when one is craving it.

    I think one must apply a certain amount of irony to the lyrics of this song to truly understand it.


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    Feb 7th, 2011 2:32pm report

    The song is about heroin use, lead singer pretends to shoot up when he sings this song. I can see how it is a song about gay guys too, and that explains why so many gay guys show up to their shows. The power and imagery of the lyrics are up in the top 1000 pop songs of all time, powerful stuff indeed.

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