Radio 61, side A, track 5: “Enjoy The Silence” by Depeche Mode

Depeche Mode - Enjoy The SilenceOh, Depeche Mode, yeah right.  Enjoy the silence?  If it’s silent, that means this awesome song isn’t playing.  Don’t get me wrong, Depeche Mode, I do like silence.  Sometimes I need it to function.  It’s a very different household when my wife isn’t around, because that means there’s no TV on, there’s no music playing, there’s no talking, nada.  I used to have music on all the time. Or a TV.  Or something.  I used to be able to write scripts and screenplays and other gobbledygook with an awesome tune blaring out of my boom box.  But no more.  My brain has become very regimented, and if there’s music on when I need to be concentrating on something else, it just can’t be done.  Also can’t have the TV on if I need to be doing something else.  My eyes will inevitably stray to the screen, my jaw will go slack and a teensy bit of drool may or may not escape.  That’s actually been an issue for me since I was first introduced to TV as a lad.

So when it’s just me, and if I’m doing something like reading a book or writing or something, I need silencio.  It has made me realize how sad my life is when my wife’s not around.  She was out of town about a week ago for just a day, and she’s been gone a few times here and there throughout our relationship, and when she’s gone, I can feel it in the silence.  It’s almost oppressive.  I’ll go through the whole day without saying a word, and unless I watch some television or work on my blog, there’s pretty much no noise in the house.  Even the dogs, who are loud and obnoxious most all the time are unusually quiet.  We all just sleep and shuffle around, trying not to trip over each other and our sadness.  But when my wife’s home, there are dogs howling and the sounds of laughter, the TV’s on and/or the hair dryer’s blowing, the house is just full of life.

There are times when a married man laments the single life, Depeche Mode.  When he misses the days he could sit and eat a whole frozen pizza and not be judged.  When he yearns for a time before, a time when no one in the house watched the “Today” show.  A time when a man could just sit back and enjoy the silence.  But these are fleeting regrets, Depeche Mode.  I no longer enjoy the silence, because it means my wife’s not around to make my life better.

Was that too schmaltzy, Depeche Mode?  Well, it’s your fault.  I absolutely love love LOVE this song.  I might even love it more than “Personal Jesus”, and that is no small thing.  From the first time I ever listened to this one, I always get chills, I love it so.  As a kid, that chorus of “All I ever wanted, all I ever needed, is here in my arms” filled me with a longing for something I was afraid I’d never find.  I was afraid those words would never pertain to me.  But now they do.  And I’ve got nothing else to say.  Is that what you mean by enjoy the silence?

“Enjoy The Silence”

<awesome Depeche Mode jam>

Words like violence

Break the silence

Come crashing in
Into my little world

Painful to me
Pierce right through me

Canchoo understand
Oh, my little girl

All I ever wanted
All I ever needed is heeeere
In my arms

Words are very
Unnecessary

Theeey can only do haaarm

<awesome Depeche Mode jam>

Vows’a spoken
To be broken

Feelings are intense

Words’a trivial

Pleasures remain
So does the pain

Words’a meaningless
And forgettable

All I ever wanted
All I ever needed is heeeere
In my arms

Words are very
Unnecessary

Theeey can only do haaarm

<awesome Depeche Mode jam>

All I ever wanted
All I ever needed is heeeere
In my arms

Words are very
Unnecessary

Theeey can only do haaarm

All I ever wanted
All I ever needed is heeeere
In my arms

Words are very
Unnecessary

Theeey can only do haaaaarm

<awesome Depeche Mode jam>

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One thought on “Radio 61, side A, track 5: “Enjoy The Silence” by Depeche Mode

  1. […] already gotten two songs by you off of BOB.  This was probably my favorite of your songs as a kid, even though I only taped it off the radio once.  That chorus gets me every time.  As a kid, the idea that I could hold someone in my arms that […]

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