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Depeche Mode — Never Let Me Down Again
Album: Music For The Masses
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Released: 1987
Length: 4:26
Plays (last 30 days): 1
I'm 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
I'm taking a ride with my best friend

We're flying high
We're watching the world pass us by
Never want to come down
Never want to put my feet back down on the ground

I'm taking a ride with my best friend
I hope he never lets me down again
Promises me I'm as safe as houses
As long as I remember who's wearing the trousers
I hope he never lets me down again

We're flying high
We're watching the world pass us by
Never want to come down
Never want to put my feet back down on the ground

We're flying high
We're watching the world pass us by
Never want to come down
Never want to put my feet back down on the ground

Never let me down
Never let me down
Never let me down
Never let me down
Never let me down (see the stars, they're shining bright)
Never let me down (everything's alright tonight)
Never let me down (see the stars, they're shining bright)
Never let me down (everything's alright tonight)
Never let me down (see the stars, they're shining bright)
Never let me down (everything's alright tonight)
Never let me down (see the stars, they're shining bright)
Never let me down (everything's alright tonight)
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scraig wrote:

Does anyone use the word TROUSERS anymore?

Hannio wrote:

Probably just people in countries where they name their children Nigel or Simon.


laura.letterboxer wrote:


Pretty much all of the United Kingdom...
 


I wear pants under my trousers, unless I'm wearing jeans (but they're still trousers...). 

Sometimes, in the olden days, I didn't wear pants under my jeans.

My boy's called Tom.

I'm really confused now...
 frank_eindhoven wrote:
Great song! And thank you 3rd Bass....

3rd Bass

 

3rd Bass!!  The Cactus!  Ah, that early 90's hip hop was golden...
+1 for the tortured lyric that brings us to 

"as long as I remember who's wearing the trousers"
Just remember when you follow the Masses; sometimes the M is silent.
just a 6 on this track.
I always love the parts when dave and martin sing together.
"Something totally different for RP" says the RJ.  But come on, this truly what RP is and I am here for: always something different.


But  I am a Depeche addict, an important detail.
Awesome then, Awesome now.
 Hannio wrote:
scraig wrote:
Does anyone use the word TROUSERS anymore?

  

Probably just people in countries where they name their children Nigel or Simon.
 

Pretty much all of the United Kingdom...
 alagarts wrote:
I used to be all against the "they don't use real instruments" bands..   but over time I got over it..   if it sounds good who the hell cares, and this song sounds great!
 

Nice attitude! I try to think of it like a composer, when the writing matters most, before it's ever performed. Beethoven may have been a whiz on the piano, but the pen was his best instrument. 
Ah-ha!! “ One of the most uplifting and energizing tracks about addiction ever! Great live...wave those arms! Posted 1 year ago by garydgould”
 Geecheeboy wrote:
A song written from the point of view of a dog?
 


 TerrorGovernor wrote:
Thats a 10 mate!
 


 richlister wrote:
This has a very similar riff to Daft Punk's, Da Funk.
 
Other way around.
Thats a 10 mate!
One of the best Depeche tracks
Somehow this sounds too dated for me. 
 Geecheeboy wrote:
A song written from the point of view of a dog?




 Perhaps...not. 



One of the most uplifting and energizing tracks about addiction ever! Great live...wave those arms!
I couldn't play this enough ... missing the 80's
10
Blatant gay love song which totally crossed over. Doesn't happen very often
A song written from the point of view of a dog?
Still one of my favorite songs of all time, and even better live. There's no other album quite like Music For The Masses, and I'd argue Depeche Mode's live show peaked on this tour. I saw them 3 times on the tour, including the 101 show at the Rose Bowl with Wire, Thomas Dolby, and O.M.D. Epic and memorable! A clear 10 for me.
I love depressed mood at times.
Never paid attention to the lyrics on this one. Certainly reminds me of a particular narcissist from the past. They nailed it. 
 SeriousLee wrote:
Where's my suitcase full of razor blades?

 
In the post.
 SeriousLee wrote:
Where's my suitcase full of razor blades?

 
Under your bed
scraig wrote:
Does anyone use the word TROUSERS anymore?

  

Probably just people in countries where they name their children Nigel or Simon.
Amazing how in 1987 these guys were laying down such trippy sounds as found nowadays in Shpongle's 'The Epiphany of Mrs. Kugla'
  scraig wrote:
Does anyone use the word TROUSERS anymore?



tallboy1968 wrote:

As long as you remember who's wearing them, you can call them whatever you want.

 
amen! {#High-five}
Where's my suitcase full of razor blades?
 scraig wrote:
Does anyone use the word TROUSERS anymore?

 
As long as you remember who's wearing them, you can call them whatever you want.
This has a very similar riff to Daft Punk's, Da Funk.
 GTT wrote:
I love this song.  I must admit, it took me about 30 years to "get" this band ... but I'm glad I finally did.

 
Me too! I was never that into 80s goth or pop music. More of a heavy metal and classic rock guy back in the day with a mix of top 40. But now I am cherry picking the great bands of these 80s genres and putting them front and center on my music rotation. Depeche Mode, Tears for Fears, The Cure, etc.
I love DM.  Thank you, Bill! {#Hearteyes}
Great song! And thank you 3rd Bass....

3rd Bass

Classic tune from a monster album. 
 metod wrote:
What a creative bunch of musicians...I love them dearly.
Please...more DM on RP. 

 
Exactly.  Brilliant song.  Thanks RP.

edit:  boo - closely followed by Sarah Blasko so fallen flat.
YES!!! RP never lets me down!
 mandolin wrote:


 
I once saw one of these have a head-on crash in the middle lane of a 3 lane highway. Why on earth anyone thought it could overtake anything is beyond me.
That sure as hell was not Chrissie Hynde! Hey Bill, the synchronization between your observations and the music seems to be a bit off.
This sounds so good today.
-dance break-
Really love when Bill put some DM here.
I love this song.  I must admit, it took me about 30 years to "get" this band ... but I'm glad I finally did.
Wow, what a rare treat- from the album that made me love Depeche Mode. This made my day. Thank you, RP!
You have good taste in music. And emoticons.

Biscobret wrote:
I absolutely love this tune -- a perfect song to me.
                                                                              {#Bananapiano} 

I absolutely love this tune -- a perfect song to me.

                                                                              {#Bananapiano}
LET'S GO RED SOX! 
 bluedot wrote:
5 -> 6

Tryin 2 appreciate it...

 
Full-blown appreciation here!
5 -> 6

Tryin 2 appreciate it...
 spacemoose wrote:

Trousers is British (as are DM).  When a Brit says "pants", they are referring to what an American would call underwear.

 
Or that something is crap, as in 'Depeche Mode are pants' 
Clearly that isn't true.

In actual fact, saying something is 'pants' may be an Americanism, it's hard to tell these days, over here in the 51st state. 
 Stingray wrote:
12
 
YESS!  New Album, New Tour in 2013.  AHHHHH
 scraig wrote:
Does anyone use the word TROUSERS anymore?
 
Trousers is British (as are DM).  When a Brit says "pants", they are referring to what an American would call underwear.
This album lacks the dynamic emotion and atmosphere of DM's previous 'Black Celebration'. I took the this title as the moniker after this album.
What a creative bunch of musicians...I love them dearly.
Please...more DM on RP. 
Does anyone use the word TROUSERS anymore?
12
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAVE!!!
Still golden....
DM recorded Music for the Masses in the Puk studio outside Randers, Denmark back in 87. Went to their concert that fall in Copenhagen.

Nitzer Ebb did the warm up..... my hearing did not recover until late afternoon the following day.  
 
10
yyyyyyeeessssssss
4

 More_Cowbell wrote:
My highest rated DM song 4
 
Your moniker prompted me to write something less than complimentary.

But I will refrain.  
 fredriley wrote:
A song I've always liked, which gets my toes tapping, but which I've never quite understood. The homoerotic imagery I'd expect from someone like Morrissey, not Dave Gahan who's always struck me as hetero, though a heavily agonised and guilt-ridden hetero.

Just after writing that, I had a look on the song meanings link, and found the following possibly insightful post:

this is just a shot in the dark, but this song was written in the 80s when DM were heavy into the whole drug scene. i think that "he" may be the drug itself, and Gahan is saying how euphoric it is to be having this experience

(Anyone know why the feck the 'quote' in the HTML editor isn't working? )
 
Also keep in mind that it was usually Gore who wrote the lyrics. I always thought that Gore was probably hetero (and deeply kinky, if "Master and Servant" is any indicator), given that he had a rather long common law relationship with a woman. Apparently, though, the boys have started making out together onstage at concerts. Whether that's outright closet-vacating, some much-delayed bi-curiosity or a cynical play to gain a younger listenership will have to be left as an exercise to the reader.

And I've heard from other (not at all reliable) sources that "he" in the case of this song is heroin. 

I'm glad I worked like a crazed dog during the '80's. Those 14 hour days caused me to miss most of the music.
 csutto wrote:
80's = Smiths, Cure, DM, New Order, Clash, Simple Minds....love it!
 
I was just musing on the same thing. Bill's penchant for '80s British synth pop (well, okay The Clash wasn't pop much less the synth variety) keeps things interesting. What we need is Flock of Seagulls and Mike Store's runaway hair. {#Lol}
This has made me irrationally happy.


 Skaterella wrote:
music for those of us with severe depression but who still like a beat you can dance too...
 
That's the best description of DM I've ever seen {#Clap}. Electro-Goth with poppy beats.

Love this song   {#Music}
What a great song. Period.  {#Dancingbanana}
music for those of us with severe depression but who still like a beat you can dance too...
80's = Smiths, Cure, DM, New Order, Clash, Simple Minds....love it!
Absolutely perfect song.  A++ - would listen again

{#Dancingbanana}{#Dancingbanana}{#Dancingbanana}{#Dancingbanana}{#Dancingbanana}{#Dancingbanana}{#Dancingbanana}{#Dancingbanana}{#Dancingbanana}
Wow, you must play Poe-Control before this track fairly frequently, because as Control came to a close, I heard the start of Never Let Me Down Again in my head before it actually started on Radio Paradise.  Just struck me as pretty funny & I had to comment!
That's it!  I'm growing my mullet back!
Brings me right back to being 15, walking to school in my doc martins, donning my pink hair. Ha!
My highest rated DM song 4
A song I've always liked, which gets my toes tapping, but which I've never quite understood. The homoerotic imagery I'd expect from someone like Morrissey, not Dave Gahan who's always struck me as hetero, though a heavily agonised and guilt-ridden hetero.

Just after writing that, I had a look on the song meanings link, and found the following possibly insightful post:

this is just a shot in the dark, but this song was written in the 80s when DM were heavy into the whole drug scene. i think that "he" may be the drug itself, and Gahan is saying how euphoric it is to be having this experience

(Anyone know why the feck the 'quote' in the HTML editor isn't working? )

For me the best DM song from a long list of worldwide hits
Nice!
This song has never let me down, and it never will.
 Beclipsed wrote:
I take a ride with the Sucko barfo rating.
 
Not deserved...even if you can't stand a musical style, such a note can not be given to it's best representative band. My opinion, though.

I take a ride with the Sucko barfo rating.
As always with DM, cold but good!
 Welly wrote:
{#Dancingbanana}  because Jack Black thinks they suck {#Lol}

 

fixed
This was the first CD I ever bought. Where is it now? Good to hear here.
 spigolli wrote:

How many concussions have you had since then? 

 
Awesome reply! Very appropriate.

Instant station changer - sorry Bill but Depeche Mode is horrible. Sucko-barfo is too kind.
Does not sound like Slayer.
You just earned your $13
oh, so many enjoyable "ride with my best friend"....thanks for the memories!
For the most part I cannot stand Depeche Mode, but secretly (not so much now) have always liked this song.{#Embarassed}

{#Dancingbanana}  even though Jack Black thinks they suck {#Lol}

 blotto wrote:
I would rate my feelings about DM as 3 in the 80's to an 8 now. Weird how I never used to like them, but now I do
Course, in the 80's it was all about the metal, for me anyways.
But, I'm really like the DM greatest hits albums.
 
It's funny how our tastes change with age. There are a lot of 80's bands that I HATED back then, and love now (Guns&Roses, Bon Jovi, and definitely Depeche Mode.)

 Wizzuvv_oz wrote:
never in the eighties would I have guessed that I would be considering giving a Depeche Mode song a 10.  Not my thing back then, but this is just a great song (holding at 9)

 
How many concussions have you had since then? 

 Loved the CD when it came out.  The wildest most surreal experience I had was with this CD. 

I was driving into Dallas to see my girlfriend, it was late at night and a huge storm was blowing in, there is a point on the drive where I could "look down" on the city and as I was reaching this point the storm hit.

I watched the city just disappear in front of me and just get very VERY dark.  It was just SO wild seeing this and thinking something just removed the entire city of Dallas from the planet with this song playing


I would rate my feelings about DM as 3 in the 80's to an 8 now. Weird how I never used to like them, but now I do
Course, in the 80's it was all about the metal, for me anyways.
But, I'm really like the DM greatest hits albums.
It's the end of August...It ain't raining...It's still warm here...Great song!
 Wizzuvv_oz wrote:
never in the eighties would I have guessed that I would be considering giving a Depeche Mode song a 10.  Not my thing back then, but this is just a great song (holding at 9)

 
I feel the same way. I have a renewed appreciation for a lot of 80s music I passed on back in the day. 8 for me.

never in the eighties would I have guessed that I would be considering giving a Depeche Mode song a 10.  Not my thing back then, but this is just a great song (holding at 9)

I used to be all against the "they don't use real instruments" bands..   but over time I got over it..   if it sounds good who the hell cares, and this song sounds great!
{#Dancingbanana_2} This is one of my fave Depeche Mode tracks. This is where it was at in 1987!

Great opening notes.
{#Dancingbanana}
 terriertribe wrote:
Reading through some of the old comments about voice being suited to material, I finally realize who DP has always reminded me of:  Bryan Ferry back in the late Roxy days, perhaps without benefit of Brian Eno, and smoothed out a little too much, but not quite into the crooner excesses — which I liked, actually — of Ferry's solo work.

Fire away, boys ...

 
i love both, Roxy Music and DM. but DM is more "sex offender'ish" and Roxy Music more "suburbia ladykiller". {#Tongue-out}
 terriertribe wrote:
Reading through some of the old comments about voice being suited to material, I finally realize who DP has always reminded me of:  Bryan Ferry back in the late Roxy days, perhaps without benefit of Brian Eno, and smoothed out a little too much, but not quite into the crooner excesses — which I liked, actually — of Ferry's solo work.

Fire away, boys ...

 
Of course I meant DM not DP.


Reading through some of the old comments about voice being suited to material, I finally realize who DP has always reminded me of:  Bryan Ferry back in the late Roxy days, perhaps without benefit of Brian Eno, and smoothed out a little too much, but not quite into the crooner excesses — which I liked, actually — of Ferry's solo work.

Fire away, boys ...

 Deadwing wrote:
My favorite Depeche Mode song...

Visions of a crazy but fun misspent youth

I guess you could file this song in the "You Had To Be There" section.

If you WERE there at the time... you KNOW what I mean
 

I have the same kinds of memories. Cruisin' to shows, listening to this tune. Those were the days...causing trouble, and not getting caught. hehehe
 chasech5 wrote:
When I take a ride with my best friend
I hope he never plays this song again
Because if I do, I will stab myself in the eyes
But I'll do it to him first.
 
Did you say you were going to do him first.......LOL!
 

 More_Cowbell wrote:


I second this!
 

I third this!!  And I've got a fever, and the only medicine is...
...you'll dance to anything by - de-peche com-mode...

Some of the comments below are just soo shallow.

Keyboards are real instruments!




bigB_3 wrote:
Take a deep breath, remove the peanut butter from your ears, and relax. Bill will play some Cocteau Twins for you soon.
I like the fact that the song ratings on RP for Depeche Mode are almost as polarized as for Cocteau Twins. I love 'em both...
My favorite Depeche Mode song... Visions of a crazy but fun misspent youth :jump: I guess you could file this song in the "You Had To Be There" section. If you WERE there at the time... you KNOW what I mean :cheers:
:bounce:
sonofpick wrote:
One on the most underated bands from the 80's
They're still going strong in the noughties, and their latest album is stonking, dark neo-Goth angst-driven electropop.