Song of the Day #2,581: ‘Leave in Silence’ – Depeche Mode

depeche_mode_broken_frameI think of Depeche Mode as a quintessential 80s band. But oddly enough, it took them the whole decade to arrive at their pinnacle achievement, 1990’s Violator. That record featured two of their biggest hits, ‘Personal Jesus’ and ‘Enjoy the Silence.’ And they released as many albums after Violator as they did before it.

The band spent the 80s tweaking their New Wave sound, which met with more commercial success in their native England than on this side of the pond.

Their sophomore effort, A Broken Frame, peaked at 177 on the U.S. Billboard chart and met with a mixed critical response. But hindsight has treated the album more kindly.

‘Leave the Silence’ is a fine example of its genre, though this video was ill-advised, to put it kindly.

[Verse 1]
I’ve told myself so many times before
But this time I think I mean it for sure
We have reached a full stop
Nothing’s going to save us from the big drop
Reached our natural conclusion
Outlived the illusion
I hate being in these situations
That call for diplomatic relations
If I only knew the answer
Or I thought we had a chance
Or I could stop this
I would stop this thing
From spreading like a cancer

[Chorus]
What can I say
I don’t want to play anymore
What can I say
I’m heading for the door
I can’t stand this emotional violence
Leave in silence
Leave in silence

[Verse 2]
We’ve been running around in circles all year
Doing this and that and getting nowhere
This will be the last time
I think I said that last time
If I only had a potion
Some magical lotion
That could stop this
I would set the wheels in motion

[Chorus]
What can I say
I don’t want to play anymore
What can I say
I’m heading for the door
I can’t stand this emotional violence
Leave in silence
Leave in silence

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One thought on “Song of the Day #2,581: ‘Leave in Silence’ – Depeche Mode

  1. Dana says:

    Here’s another British.new wave pop band I can’t stand, again, mostly because of the vocals. I don’t know this song or video. Their big insipid hit that I do recall from the 80’s was “People are People.” Bleh.

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