Blasphemous Rumours

Album: Some Great Reward (1984)
Charted: 16
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Songfacts®:

  • This follows the tragic journey of a teenage girl who finds God after a suicide attempt, only to be killed in a car crash two years later. The narrator concludes, "I don't want to start any blasphemous rumors, but I think that God's got a sick sense of humor, and when I die, I expect to find him laughing."
  • In the UK, this was considered too anti-religious to air every day by the BBC. Depeche Mode singer Dave Gahan explained in 1984 to the Belgian Pop magazine JOEPIE: "Conservative attitude, uh?, that radio of ours. I'm by the way not anti- religious at all! I only oppose a certain kind of religion that was forced upon me when I was young. My mother was in the Salvation Army. So she sent me to the church every Sunday till my 18th birthday. Together with my sister, we usually went for a ride with the bike and told mom afterwards how lovely the homily was. The song only wants to say that no one should let someone force anything upon him. Whether it's politics or something else, that doesn't matter. You have to choose yourself what you wanna do with your life. And dare to take risks. That's what Depeche Mode did too and everything turned out quite good for us, didn't it?" >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Bertrand - Paris, France
  • This was released as a double A-side single with "Somebody."
  • This was used on the CBS crime drama Cold Case in the 2006 episode "The River."

Comments: 1

  • Dmfan from UsaMissing a verse from the lyrics:
    Girl of eighteen
    Fell in love with everything
    Found new life in Jesus Christ
    Hit by a car
    Ended up
    On a life support machine [thanks, got that added - editor]
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