Martin Gore wrote this song about his divorce from Suzanne Boisvert, and the impact it had on their children. Gore said that his marriage had become "a charade," and felt awful about letting it get to that point:
I thought we'd manage But words left unspoken Left us so brittle There was so little left to give
Although this is a very personal song for Martin Gore, it was sung by their main vocalist, Dave Gahan, which was standard procedure for the band. The Playing The Angel album was a turning point though, because Gahan wanted to write half the songs on the set; he settled for three after their producer, Ben Hillier, talked him down.
Momma from San Antonio Tx My daughter who is now 23 has suffered through her teenage years till now with cutting herself, drugs,drinking, depression, attempted suicide and us her parents trying to help the best we could throughout and thinking it was a phase, it was not. She now a mother is also dealing with hyperthyroidism, hyperlipidemia, anxiety and bipolar. Imagine? No we could not. The one thing is to never give up..never give up on your children, they need to be heard because just being seen is ... Thank you for this strong and beautiful song,..more beautiful because it came from real pain, from the heart. Hope all of you well. Con todo mi corazon, Momma
Jeff from Austin, TxAmazing song... as good as anything they ever did.
Chris from Louisville , KyDepeche Mode's best song.
David from New York, NyThis song is borderline hypnotic. Really sad and beautiful.
Jonathan from Fayetteville, NcI really love this song...
The lyrics for "Mary, Did You Know?" were written by Christian singer and comedian Mark Lowry, after his pastor asked him to write a Christmas musical for their church. Southern gospel musician Buddy Greene later added music to his words.