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Depeche Mode — Personal Jesus
Album: Violator
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Released: 1990
Length: 4:51
Plays (last 30 days): 2
Reach out and touch faith
Your own Personal Jesus
Someone to hear your prayers
Someone who cares
Your own Personal Jesus
Someone to hear your prayers
Someone who's there

Feeling's unknown and you're all alone
Flesh and bone by the telephone
Lift up the receiver
I'll make you believer

Take second best
Put me to the test
Things on your shest
You need to confess
I will deliver
You know I'm a forgiver
Reach out and touch faith

Your own Personal Jesus
Feeling's unknown and you're all alone
Flesh and bone by the telephone
Lift up the receiver
I'll make you believer
I will deliver
You know I'm a forgiver
Reach out and touch faith
Your own Personal Jesus
Reach out and touch faith
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 bkrans9 wrote:

I just figured out that the singer is proposing himself as somebody's personal Jesus, and that the song isn't religious at all--he was probably just trying to get into their pants...



Wow, really? Televangelists man
Mmmm, sacrilicious! 
Thanks RP.
 bkrans9 wrote:

I just figured out that the singer is proposing himself as somebody's personal Jesus, and that the song isn't religious at all--he was probably just trying to get into their pants...


"Reach out and touch faith". I've heard it called many things before but not that
 bkrans9 wrote:
I just figured out that the singer is proposing himself as somebody's personal Jesus, and that the song isn't religious at all--he was probably just trying to get into their pants...
 
I don't think that's what this song is about at all.
I just figured out that the singer is proposing himself as somebody's personal Jesus, and that the song isn't religious at all--he was probably just trying to get into their pants...
Reach out and touch good music....
Found on Radio Paradise....

Thank You.
"Violator" is one of the gratest albums of the 90's and one of the best of them. The ending song, "Clean", is a masterpiece, mix of lyrics, synths and darkness of a disturbed soul...
 Proclivities wrote:
 ziggytrix wrote:
But Keats and Yeats are on his side! {#Dance}

{#Lol}
"...there's always someone, somewhere, with a big nose, who knows..."

 
Sheila take a, Sheila take a bow 
Boot the grime of this world in the crotch, dear
 luvinlife wrote:
D
on't rely on pop stars for your philosopy bruh.
 
Also don't take philosophical advice from people who call other people "bruh".
D
on't rely on pop stars for your philosopy bruh.
thebrit wrote:
I have my own personal Jesus

I have made my decision
I am building a religion.
It started with a thought
It started with a vision.
It won’t be very sad

It won’t be very funny.

One thing you can be sure.
It’ll generate some money.
It will be built upon fear
The threat of a fire everlasting
Stirred up with greed
And obligatory fasting

https://www.gnomesondope.com/.



 


 ziggytrix wrote:
But Keats and Yeats are on his side! {#Dance}

{#Lol}
"...there's always someone, somewhere, with a big nose, who knows..."


I have my own personal Jesus

I have made my decision
I am building a religion.
It started with a thought
It started with a vision.
It won’t be very sad

It won’t be very funny.

One thing you can be sure.
It’ll generate some money.
It will be built upon fear
The threat of a fire everlasting
Stirred up with greed
And obligatory fasting

https://www.gnomesondope.com/.


{#Cowboy}
up and dancing...
Listened to this tape on repeat while driving across the country in 1992. Took old 66 and it was awesome!!!!
 ShamanManu wrote:

And I prefer this one {#Cool}

 
whereas I'd rather have a Chocolate Jesus
 LouiseBiaggi wrote:
I like the version by Johnny Cash. ;)

 
And I prefer this one {#Cool}
 LouiseBiaggi wrote:
I like the version by Johnny Cash. ;)

 
Agree on that...but this is an interesting contrast...
I'm seeing these guys play in 14 days. This is too much....
I like the version by Johnny Cash. ;)
As dreary as those dark days where I was made to attend church.

Gospel of John 13- 1-17

1 Now before the feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. 2 And during supper, when the devil had already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray him, 3 Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going to God, 4 rose from supper, laid aside his garments, and girded himself with a towel. 5 Then he poured water into a basin, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which he was girded. 6 He came to Simon Peter; and Peter said to him, "Lord, do you wash my feet?" 7 Jesus answered him, "What I am doing you do not know now, but afterward you will understand." 8 Peter said to him, "You shall never wash my feet." Jesus answered him, "If I do not wash you, you have no part in me." 9 Simon Peter said to him, "Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!" 10 Jesus said to him, "He who has bathed does not need to wash, except for his feet, but he is clean all over; and you are clean, but not every one of you." 11 For he knew who was to betray him; that was why he said, "You are not all clean." 12 When he had washed their feet, and taken his garments, and resumed his place, he said to them, "Do you know what I have done to you? 13 You call me Teacher and Lord; and you are right, for so I am. 14 If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. 15 For I have given you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you. 16 Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him. 17 If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.
 


They also did a great acoustic version of this song that was released originally as a B side.

Everybody in my church loves this song...
 
...that's what I want!
After Music for the Masses, Depeche Mode went downhill.  I detest this album.
 Proclivities wrote:
 Fables85 wrote:

Yeats wrote, "Rhetoric is fooling others. Sentimentality is fooling yourself."

  
Well, that's your opinion of another recording; you needn't invoke some hundred-year-old quotes to rationalize it.  However, I do greatly prefer this version to Mr. Cash's.
 

But Keats and Yeats are on his side! {#Dance}
 leafmold wrote:
love this AND the Cash cover.
 
This one is great! The latter not so much...
love this AND the Cash cover.
 gemtag wrote:
Great song, Great Album
 

 DaveInVA wrote:
Are they singing "Reach out, flush waste"?
 
No no no, it's "Reach out, flush me"  {#Lol}
Are they singing "Reach out, flush waste"?
 Fables85 wrote:

He just ruined it, period. Sentimentality (and bad taste) will make you believe otherwise, mind.

Sentimentality is both a literary device used to induce a tender emotional response disproportionate to the situation, and thus to substitute heightened and generally uncritical feeling for normal ethical and intellectual judgments, and a heightened reader response willing to invest previously prepared emotions to respond disproportionately to a literary situation.

"A sentimentalist", Oscar Wilde wrote Alfred Douglas, "is one who desires to have the luxury of an emotion without paying for it."

Yeats wrote, "Rhetoric is fooling others. Sentimentality is fooling yourself."

 
Well, that's your opinion of another recording; you needn't invoke some hundred-year-old quotes to rationalize it.  However, I do greatly prefer this version to Mr. Cash's.


 gemtag wrote:
Great song, Great Album
 
Definitely one of the best cuts on one of the best albums of the 90s.
Great song, Great Album
 Albert1967 wrote:
Cash for me . . .
 

Me, too. I heard Johnny sing it first, and that's the one I favor.

But the Depeche Mode version is good. {#Good-vibes}

 dkwalika wrote:
I'd rather hear the Johnny Cash version.
 
Don't feel that strongly myself, although JC's version of "Mercy Seat" is far better than Nick Cave's original. 
I'm liking this more each time I hear it, but there are a lot of Depeche Mode pieces I like better - I'd really like to hear "Get the Balance Right" or "Everything Counts in Large Amounts".
 Fables85 wrote:

He just ruined it, period. Sentimentality (and bad taste) will make you believe otherwise, mind.

Sentimentality is both a literary device used to induce a tender emotional response disproportionate to the situation, and thus to substitute heightened and generally uncritical feeling for normal ethical and intellectual judgments, and a heightened reader response willing to invest previously prepared emotions to respond disproportionately to a literary situation.

"A sentimentalist", Oscar Wilde wrote Alfred Douglas, "is one who desires to have the luxury of an emotion without paying for it."

Yeats wrote, "Rhetoric is fooling others. Sentimentality is fooling yourself."



 
Exactly. Johnny Cash was never that good when he was alive. He's no better now that he's dead.


{#Dancingbanana_2}GREAT SONG

I'd rather hear the Johnny Cash version.
A perfect song for Easter morning.
I just wish my stereo went to 11.

When this song comes on, I either push mute or tune in elsewhere. And I like Depeche Mode.
Very Deep-eche Mode!
A well oiled music mo-chine  . .{#Drummer}
I really like this tune.

Just picked up this album this week.
Superb live-act and reminds me of very enjoyable moments on the dance floor, singing a-long while reaching out to touch "faith"!


There are better Depeche Mode's songs, but this one is ok.
EXTENDED VERSION IS BORING.
WITHOUT ANY SENSE!
Nice...{#Bananajam}{#Dancingbanana_2}They have a unique sound.
I don't really like or dislike Depeche Mode, but most of their songs sound the same to me.  At least this one is readily identifiable.  I give it 6/10.
they were so clever and had such great hooks around this time. Still sounds good to me.

 rdo wrote:


This is the original.  Hard to believe that some comments below seem to reflect the notion that Johny Cash wrote this.  This is not at all in keeping with JC's style.
 
It's like the comments : "Colbain's song - Man who sold the world" is much better than the cover by David Bowie.{#Mrgreen}

Immediate station changer. Sorry Bill.

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 Fredrikson wrote:
Cash actually kind of ruined this for me {#Think}
 

Funny, Cash's version means pretty much nothing to me, because I'd long since heard the acoustic version of this song performed by Martin Gore, which was featured on the 101 tour documentary and the CD Maxi-single. Cash's version just sounds kind of unoriginal to me. But tastes differ, of course, and if you couldn't tell that I'm a rabid DM fan by my handle, this post will certainly make that clear.
 Albert1967 wrote:
Cash for me . . .
 
Credit card, please. Plastic, but still...

 Fredrikson wrote:
Cash actually kind of ruined this for me {#Think}
 
He just ruined it, period. Sentimentality (and bad taste) will make you believe otherwise, mind.

Sentimentality is both a literary device used to induce a tender emotional response disproportionate to the situation, and thus to substitute heightened and generally uncritical feeling for normal ethical and intellectual judgments, and a heightened reader response willing to invest previously prepared emotions to respond disproportionately to a literary situation.

"A sentimentalist", Oscar Wilde wrote Alfred Douglas, "is one who desires to have the luxury of an emotion without paying for it."

Yeats wrote, "Rhetoric is fooling others. Sentimentality is fooling yourself."



Cash for me . . .
Cash actually kind of ruined this for me {#Think}
 gregler wrote:
Yes, yes, yes you sinners, sin on!!!
  {#War}  {#Motor}  {#Cowboy} {#Dancingbanana_2}{#Skull} {#Devil_pimp}


 lovemydog wrote:


Shut your puke hole.
 
Do you have a copyright on the term, "puke hole?"  If not, may I borrow it? 

{#Mrgreen}


Well timed blast from the past for me on this Friday morning. Classic.
{#Dancingbanana}
So good.......Manson should be burned like a whicker man for daring to cover this.
Sad I won't see them in Atlanta tomorrow.

Um...  Awesome!

Kind of ambivalent about DP, but I've always really liked this song.  And 'Dreaming of Me' ...

Johnny Cochran!
Jesse Custer
Joan Collins.....


 Stave wrote:
BKardon wrote:

Johnny Cochran!



Jesse Custer {#Cool}
 

  Joan Collins.....
lift up the receiver i make you are believer  {#Dancingbanana}
Ah, this takes me back to some good memories of the 80s!

{#Music}
Loved the original AND Johnny's cover. Too cool a groove...
 charliedancey wrote:
Love RP, but sadly hate this song - and this is a poor cover of a poor song. IMHO - sorry.
 

This is the original.  Hard to believe that some comments below seem to reflect the notion that Johny Cash wrote this.  This is not at all in keeping with JC's style.
Bruce_AK wrote:

Still LUVIN' this tune 19 years later!



me too ! :)

Still LUVIN' this tune 19 years later!




 charliedancey wrote:
Love RP, but sadly hate this song - and this is a poor cover of a poor song. IMHO - sorry.
 
In your opinion it may be a poor song, but it can't be a poor cover because it's the original.


Love RP, but sadly hate this song - and this is a poor cover of a poor song. IMHO - sorry.
 treatment_bound wrote:

{#Puke}  > Nil. > Depeche Mode's "Personal Jesus".  Yes, that's puke over Nil. over this song (for those of you scoring at home).

Another cut that is still in regular rotation (after 19 FRIGGIN' YEARS!) here in Chicago on 'XRT.  I don't need to hear it here on RP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

Hey. Just because it is also played on the radio does not mean it should not be played here too. Depeche Mode is fantastic. Shut your puke hole.
Yes, yes, yes you sinners, sin on!!!
 treatment_bound wrote:

{#Puke}  > Nil. > Depeche Mode's "Personal Jesus".  Yes, that's puke over Nil. over this song (for those of you scoring at home).

Another cut that is still in regular rotation (after 19 FRIGGIN' YEARS!) here in Chicago on 'XRT.  I don't need to hear it here on RP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
Quit your bitchin and use the mute button.  Some of us still love it (and don't listen to terrestrial radio any more).

 crushedvelvet wrote:


Nil.

 
{#Puke}  > Nil. > Depeche Mode's "Personal Jesus".  Yes, that's puke over Nil. over this song (for those of you scoring at home).

Another cut that is still in regular rotation (after 19 FRIGGIN' YEARS!) here in Chicago on 'XRT.  I don't need to hear it here on RP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


BKardon wrote:

Johnny Cochran!



Jesse Custer {#Cool}
 rowdydaisy wrote:
Is this comment really necessary? edit: Not sure if you are talking about Jesus Christ or Johnny Cash.
 
Johnny Cochran!

This was my favorite track off this album in HS. Too bad it hasn't been played in awhile.
vit wrote:
If JC were around he'd send these spineless twits back to their own personal jesus with a guitar string and the back of his fist.
Thank goodness the school holidays are nearly done :wink:
rowdydaisy wrote:
Is this comment really necessary? edit: Not sure if you are talking about Jesus Christ or Johnny Cash.
Neither. Since it would be out of character for both of them. Cash, despite his marketing persona, was not much for fighting. Christ's penchant for avoiding a brawl is pretty well documented.
vit wrote:
If JC were around he'd send these spineless twits back to their own personal jesus with a guitar string and the back of his fist.
Is this comment really necessary? edit: Not sure if you are talking about Jesus Christ or Johnny Cash.
I love how the bananas dance in time. :dancingbanana: :dancingbanana: :dancingbanana:
BlueHeronDruid wrote:
As long as it's not Johnny Cash, I can handle it.
Or Manson?
BlueHeronDruid wrote:
As long as it's not Johnny Cash, I can handle it.
If JC were around he'd send these spineless twits back to their own personal jesus with a guitar string and the back of his fist.
As long as it's not Johnny Cash, I can handle it.
Man ... Depeche effin Mode. Another bolt out of the blue. Come on Bill, surprise us more like this.
:puke: Nil.
play it loud. no, louder, you fool
meydele wrote:
Excellent set, Bill. Now Playing: Depeche Mode - Personal Jesus Terry Allen - The Doll Bastard Fairies - Guns and Dolls Beatles - Happiness Is A Warm Gun
Agreed! And I just LOVE this song... :dancingbanana: :motor: :music: :dance:
Play Chocolate Jesus by Tom Waits
UltraNurd wrote:
Coming from the previous song's album cover, this works.
Actually, we've had quite a run of tangents: 8:30 am - Depeche Mode - Personal Jesus 8:24 am - Terry Allen - The Doll 8:20 am - Bastard Fairies - Guns and Dolls 8:18 am - Beatles - Happiness Is A Warm Gun
Coming from the previous song's album cover, this works.
Depeche Mode + Firefly = (click here). Shiny!
jah_blessed wrote:
Here we go.... :dancingbanana_2: :dancingbanana: :bananajumprope: :bananajam: :bananapiano: :bananasplit:
:clap: :cheers:
Excellent set, Bill. Now Playing: Depeche Mode - Personal Jesus Terry Allen - The Doll Bastard Fairies - Guns and Dolls Beatles - Happiness Is A Warm Gun
jah_blessed wrote:
Here we go.... :dancingbanana_2: :dancingbanana: :bananajumprope: :bananajam: :bananapiano: :bananasplit:
:guitarist:
Here we go.... :dancingbanana_2: :dancingbanana: :bananajumprope: :bananajam: :bananapiano: :bananasplit:
junebaby65 wrote:
Anyone heard the acoustic version of this song and know where to get it? It's really cool, IMHO
I know it's on the Personal Jesus CD single from 1989, 'cause I have a copy of it.
junebaby65 wrote:
Anyone heard the acoustic version of this song and know where to get it? It's really cool, IMHO
It is on the CD single that came out when the song was first released. I believe that it is on their latest "singles" box release also.
junebaby65 wrote:
Anyone heard the acoustic version of this song and know where to get it? It's really cool, IMHO
If you're referring to the Johnny Cash version, it's on American IV.
Reminds me of a woman I'd prefer not to think about. But I still love this.
HombreDeMezcal wrote:
:skull:
Did you drink too much Mezcal?
Anyone heard the acoustic version of this song and know where to get it? It's really cool, IMHO
both versions of this song rock. :dancingbanana_2:
Helchat wrote:
I completely disagree with you.......... Johnny Cash was cool without doing the alternative music. Does that mean that Tom Jones is being exploited? He's older, is he weak and sick too? How about Bill Shatner. Come to think of it, the Stones are being exploited to continue to perform and record music since they belong in rest homes, right?
wonderful observation....does this mean their being exploited all the way to the bank? Sign me up!
Most appropriate set. Thanks Bill. May they all R.I.P.
Pyro wrote:
Apparently, you aren't so "wise" after all. Johnny knew exactly what he was doing, and did it well. I admire him for wanting to stretch out his musical legs and cover some current stuff. He had done everything else, why not this? His cover of "Hurt" IMO, was better than the original.
Ya, saw Johnny on Larry King Live and he said when Rubin suggested some of the newer songs he read them and played them after deciding he felt "dominion" over the songs. In other words, if he didn't feel it he didn't sing it. Johnny knew exactly what he was doing.
:dancingbanana_2: :dancingbanana_2: :dancingbanana_2: :dancingbanana_2: :dancingbanana_2: :dancingbanana_2: :dancingbanana_2: :dancingbanana_2: :dancingbanana_2:
I saw Depeche Mode in 1982 at a bar inside a bowling alley. They had advertised the gig with handmade signs. I tried to get others to go to the show, no takers. Almost the same damn story with Front242, Oingo Boingo, Scratch Acid, and Skinny Puppy. Couldn't get people to go to the shows for acts they'd never heard of...