Magic Jewball

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The future (less) tense

Filed under : Depeche Mode,Music
On June 23, 2009
At 10:45 pm
Comments : 2

You know, I wasn’t so into the new Depeche Mode album when I first heard it but it’s grown on me. And the second single is one of the tracks I like the best, called Peace. I’ve always sort of considered it a rehash of Clean, the last track on Violator, just stated a slightly different way.

So lyrics like these (from Peace):

I’m leaving anger in the past
With all the shadows that it casts
There is a radar in my heart
I should have trusted from the start

remind me of lyrics like these (from Clean):

I don’t understand
What destiny’s planned
I’m starting to grasp
What is in my own hands
I don’t claim to know
Where my holiness goes
I just know that I like
What is starting to show

But now that I’ve seen the powerful video for Peace, I think I got it wrong. Because I had disregarded the difference in the choruses. In Clean, the constantly repeated line is “now I’m clean.” Whereas in Peace it’s “peace will come to me.” Sort of a desire, rather than a given… especially for the woman in the video.

I really like this video although I’m not sure I will ever watch it again. It wasn’t so much disturbing, just sad. But it helped me to understand that the song is a statement of hope.


2 Comments for this post

North of the City says

Peace is one of my favorite tracks on the album also (I had such high hopes for Jezebel, but alas, it’s just not that good a song…)

I’m looking forward to hearing this one live ;-)

Becca says

Me too! I bet they appreciated it in Israel.

I don’t like Jezebel either, dur. Er, the song, that is.