Album: Some Great Reward (1984)
Charted: 16


  • The song is about Martin Gore's longing for someone to be with, someone that doesn't have to agree with his views she just needs to be there and understand him.
  • This was one of the first Depeche Mode songs to feature Martin Gore on lead vocals. After the release of this song the band began to record more songs with Martin Gore on lead. >>
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  • In the UK and continental Europe this was released as a Double A-sided single along with "Blasphemous Rumours."

Comments: 7

  • Charby Owens from Louisiana Who wrote the Lyrics for the song somebody? A friend of mine says he entered a poetry contest that Rolling Stone Magazine posted and his poem got chosen for the song “Somebody” Are the words to “somebody” used by Depeche Mode from his poem? They were with Sony Records during this time. This is amazing to me. Thanks
  • Charby Owens from Louisiana Who wrote the Lyrics for the song somebody? A friend of mine says he entered the lyrics in a poetry contest that Sony was holding and his poem got chosen and the words to somebody used by Depeche Mode came from his poem. Could there be any truth to this
  • Shandroise De Laeken from Davao City, PhilippinesI love many things about this song, but I love its meaning the most (in my own view).
    I love how this song portrays the woman the man hopes for in emotional and personality aspects, not in physical aspects which happens so often.
    I also love how the composer emphasises he won't force his ideas on the woman; he rather delights on the clash of their opinions and adds in the end, they'll still understand each other.
    Then it shows the complementary aspect of a relationship between a man and a woman. That one may be weak at times, and there the other one will always be there around.
    Lastly, there's the emphasis on "no controlling each other".
    No controlling each other, no forcing of ideas on one another... the composer tells that he wants a relationship where they love one another, accepting & respecting each other's differences. No matter what difficulties they would encounter due to that, they'll still love each other and remain together through the years...
    Brilliant composition there, Martin Gore.
    But, I'll add, in every relationship, one shall change their very bad side for the relationship to keep living and growing : ))

    This is a classically timeless song because it hits the heart of the listener. Still much requested in my country.
  • Rick from Diamond Bar, CaA dear friend of mine at the time this came out played this song for me when I was really down at the end of a relationship. One of the best platonic relationships I ever had.
  • Robert from Bellevue, NeThis song is wonderful I am a big fan of Depeche Mode and i feel it is the kind of relationship most people are looking for. Very Deep
  • Chuck from Socal, CaI sang this song to my wife during our wedding ceremony in 1990. Still married today.
  • Kristen from Clawson, MiThis song is so beautiful and honest re. how relationships ought to be. You're going to have fights, disagreements and heartache no matter what kind of relationship you're in, as this song can attest. When I listen to the song, I usually end up crying.
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