Clean
Depeche Mode Lyrics


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Clean, the cleanest I've been
An end to the tears and the in-between years
And the troubles I've seen
Now that I'm clean, you know what I mean
I've broken my fall, put an end to it all
I've changed my routine now I'm clean

I don't understand what destiny's planned
I'm starting to grasp what is in my own hands
I don't claim to know where my holiness goes
I just know that I like what is starting to show
(Sometimes)

Clean, the cleanest I've been
An end to the tears and the in-between years
And the troubles I've seen
Now that I'm clean, you know what I mean
I've broken my fall, put an end to it all
I've changed my routine now I'm clean

As years go by all the feelings inside
Twist and they turn as they ride with the tide
I don't advise and I don't criticize
I just know what I like with my own eyes
(Sometimes)

Clean, the cleanest I've been
An end to the tears and the in-between years
And the troubles I've seen
Now that I'm clean
Sometimes

You know what I mean
I've broken my fall, put an end to it all
I've changed my routine now I'm clean
Sometimes




Now I'm clean (the cleanest I've been)
The cleanest I've been

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Depeche Mode's Clean describe the singer's journey to sobriety and the new sense of control they have over their own life. The opening line, "Clean, the cleanest I've been" sets the tone for the rest of the song as the singer reflects on the end of their struggles with addiction and the "tears and the in-between years" that characterized that time period.


The chorus repeats this sentiment, hammering home the idea that being clean has put an end to the troubles the singer has seen. They feel in control and able to "put an end to it all" now that they've changed their routine and broken their fall.


The second verse touches on the idea that the singer's destiny is in their own hands now that they're sober. They don't feel like they can predict the future, but they're content with the changes they're seeing in themselves. They're no longer trying to seek external validation for their actions, but instead are relying on their own instincts to guide them.


Overall, Clean is a powerful testament to the transformative power of sobriety, and a strong reminder that it's never too late to take control of your own life.


Line by Line Meaning

Clean, the cleanest I've been
My life is now at its purest, free from any negative influences.


An end to the tears and the in-between years
I have overcome all the difficulties, sadness, and uncertainties of the past.


And the troubles I've seen
I have witnessed a lot of problems and challenges in my life.


Now that I'm clean, you know what I mean
Now that I have reached a state of purity, you can understand how much it means to me.


I've broken my fall, put an end to it all
I have successfully recovered from my failures and put an end to all the negative aspects of my life.


I've changed my routine now I'm clean
I have altered my way of life for the better, which has resulted in my purity.


I don't understand what destiny's planned
I am not sure of the path that is laid out for me by fate.


I'm starting to grasp what is in my own hands
But now I am taking control of my own life and making my own choices.


I don't claim to know where my holiness goes
I am uncertain about where my sanctity will lead me in the future.


I just know that I like what is starting to show (Sometimes)
However, I do know that the changes I have made have had a positive impact on my life, even if it is only sometimes.


As years go by all the feelings inside
As my life continues, my emotions and thoughts undergo changes.


Twist and they turn as they ride with the tide
My feelings and thoughts are affected by the ebbs and flows of life.


I don't advise and I don't criticize
I do not offer advice or judgment to others about their circumstances.


I just know what I like with my own eyes (Sometimes)
I only know what I personally enjoy and find beneficial, even if it is only sometimes.


Now I'm clean (the cleanest I've been)
I have finally achieved purity in my life.




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

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Comments from YouTube:

@berlyngrey9242

I was an addict for over 20 years and I have over 2 years clean and I'm grateful everyday. Love DM

@lindahandley5267

That's awesome!😁

@johannabattista537

7 months from xanax. What q relief but it was hard

@johannabattista537

But I understand i think what they mean with the voice saying sometimes

@JessicaHall-tp1sl

Thought u were saying that ur addicted to depeche mode sorry😂

@Nick-po8cp

Will always be an addict we just learn to keep it in check just for today Great time never knew what the words meant until experiencing Disease of addiction .. Andy the legend 🎉🎉

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@larrycwik1960

Rest in Peace Andy Fletcher. You co-founded this band whose music has brought joy to 100s of millions around the world. Thank you for your music.

@petergreen2552

​@liantros retrospectiva very harsh.

@agnieszkabudnik

​p118

@d3athr0ck3r

@@petergreen2552not really harsh he admitted this himself

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