A Pain That I'm Used To
Depeche Mode Lyrics


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I'm not sure what I'm looking for anymore
I just know that I'm harder to console
I don't see who I'm trying to be instead of me
But the key is a question of control

Can you say what you're trying to play anyway?
I just pay while you're breaking all the rules
All the signs that I find have been underlined
Devils thrive on the drive that is fueled

All this running around, well it's getting me down
Just give me a pain that I'm used to
I don't need to believe all the dreams you conceive
You just need to achieve something that rings true

There's a hole in your soul like an animal
With no conscience, repentance, oh no
Close your eyes, pay the price for your paradise
Devils feed on the seeds of the soul

I can't conceal what I feel, what I know is real
No mistaking the faking, I care
With a prayer in the air, I will leave it there
On a note full of hope not despair

All this running around, well it's getting me down
Just give me a pain that I'm used to
I don't need to believe all the dreams you conceive
You just need to achieve something that rings true

All this running around, well it's getting me down
Just give me a pain that I'm used to




I don't need to believe all the dreams you conceive
You just need to achieve something that rings true

Overall Meaning

The song "A Pain That I'm Used To" by Depeche Mode expresses a sense of emotional detachment and dissatisfaction. The lyricist declares that they are uncertain about what they are searching for in life but realize that they are difficult to comfort or console. They feel as though they are playing a role instead of being true to themselves, and the key to finding their way is understanding what it means to have control.


The second verse of the song seems to address a person who is trying to have an effect on the lyricist but is breaking all the rules in the process. The singer of the song is not swayed by meaningless dreams but is looking for something genuine and sincere. The chorus of the song seems to suggest that the lyricist would rather feel pain than remain stagnant in their emotional growth. The singer finds hope within themselves and vows to never lose it no matter what obstacles come their way.


Overall, the song speaks to the universal human experience of feeling lost while searching for meaning in life. The lyrics are open to interpretation, inviting the listener to find their own meaning within the song.


Line by Line Meaning

I'm not sure what I'm looking for anymore
My search for purpose and meaning in life has become confusing and uncertain.


I just know that I'm harder to console
Despite my uncertainty, I am resistant to comfort and reassurance.


I don't see who I'm trying to be instead of me
I have lost sight of my true self and am striving to be someone or something else.


But the key is a question of control
My struggle is ultimately about the need for control over my life and circumstances.


Can you say what you're trying to play anyway?
I am unsure of your intentions and motivations in our interactions.


I just pay while you're breaking all the rules
I feel helpless as you disregard established norms and expectations with no regard for consequences.


All the signs that I find have been underlined
All evidence or guidance available to me has been emphasized, but remains unclear or unhelpful.


Devils thrive on the drive that is fueled
Negative forces exploit and flourish from powerful motivations and desires.


All this running around, well it's getting me down
My constant activity and searching is becoming exhausting and disheartening.


Just give me a pain that I'm used to
I would prefer to stick with familiar difficulties and struggles rather than venture into uncertain territory.


I don't need to believe all the dreams you conceive
I am not interested in following your vision or ideals for the future.


You just need to achieve something that rings true
Instead, I hope you will strive for accomplishments that align with your true values and beliefs.


There's a hole in your soul like an animal
You are lacking a fundamental component of your being, like a creature devoid of instinct or emotion.


With no conscience, repentance, oh no
You seem unconcerned with or unaffected by the pain and hurt you cause others.


Close your eyes, pay the price for your paradise
You may gain something you desire, but at a great personal cost or sacrifice.


Devils feed on the seeds of the soul
Negative influences thrive on vulnerabilities and weaknesses within the human spirit.


I can't conceal what I feel, what I know is real
Despite my attempts to hide or minimize my emotions, I cannot deny the truth of what I am experiencing.


No mistaking the faking, I care
While I may put on a facade at times, I do genuinely care about others and their well-being.


With a prayer in the air, I will leave it there
I am hopeful for a positive outcome, but ultimately trust in a higher power or fate to guide me forward.


On a note full of hope not despair
My outlook is one of optimism and positivity rather than defeat or gloom.




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: Martin Gore

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