Speak To Me

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11. Never Let Me Go
12. Speak To Me
List of Memento Mori songs


Speak To Me
Song Speak To Me
By Depeche Mode
Songwriter Dave Gahan
Christian Eigner
James Ford
Marta Salogni
Produced by James Ford
Marta Salogni
Recorded at Electric Ladyboy (Santa Barbara)
Shangri-La (Malibu)
Length (mm:ss) 4:35
Programmed by James Ford
Marta Salogni
Engineered by Marta Salogni
Engineering assistance Francine Perry
Grace Banks
Mixed by Marta Salogni
Mix engineering Marta Salogni
Mixed at Studio Zona (London)
Mastering engineer Matt Colton
Keyboards James Ford
Art direction Anton Corbijn
Recorded July–October 2022
Originally released 24 March 2023
Live performances as Depeche Mode 39 times *
Total live performances 39 times *

"Speak To Me" is a song from the 2023 album Memento Mori by Depeche Mode.


Newspaper Expresso asked Dave Gahan about the line "you lead me, I follow your voice" and which voice it is referring to, to which Dave answered (translated from Portuguese):

"In that song, I'm actually not referring to any of the leaders that we have right now. I'm talking about something that is not a person, but our conscience. I believe that we always know what the right thing to do is, and are given the possibility of choice, but we invariably end up making the wrong choices. Normally, we choose a path that serves our interests best. That's human, of course. But I think in that song I was trying to ask for something by saying: if there is something out there, show me and I will follow. It's me trying to summon something bigger."

Dave Gahan told Zane Lowe:

"Initially the idea sort of came to me, and the song was incredibly elevated by Martin and and James and Marta, into a into a different place, to another world, somewhere else. And that's exactly where I wanted the song to go as well. It was beyond what I could have really put together myself. It's quite a very simple song, but honest and and real. For me, it was a key to open the door to want to continue to make a record with Martin again that was [going to be for] a Depeche Mode record. It was like an answer to that question for me. [...] [It's] a bit sarcastic, you know, "I hear you, I'm here, I'm found..." It's a bit sarcastic, but at the same time, there's an absolute peace and joy in the emptiness of the end. [...] It was awesome when that happened in the studio actually, because Marta is a genius with a tape looping and sending stuff back into the tape machines and then all this process of using analogue tape to create these loops. And we just came to the conclusion that it should just be the end. I think it's the perfect bookmark to My Cosmos Is Mine which sets up everything."


Speak To Me

Speak to me, and I will follow

I heard you call my name

Lying, on the bathroom floor

No one here to blame

There's a message I know can be found

I'm listening, I hear you, your sound

Speak to me, in a language

That I can understand

Tell me, that you're listening

Give me some kind of plan

Give me something, you'd be my drug of choice

You lead me, I follow, your voice

I will disappoint you

I will let you down

I need to know

You're here with me

Turn it all around

I'd be grateful, I'd follow you around

I'm listening, I'm here now, I'm found

Songwriter: Dave Gahan / Christian Eigner / James Ford / Marta Salogni
Publishing Information: EMI Blackwood Music Inc. (BMI) o/b/o JJSR Productions Inc. (PRS) / Reservoir 416 (BMI), published by Reservoir Media Management, Inc. (PRS) / WC Music Corp. (ASCAP) o/b/o Warner/Chappell Music Ltd. (PRS) / Marta Salogni Publishing Designee.

Live performances

Main article: Available recordings of "Speak To Me"
Main article: List of dates where "Speak To Me" was played