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2. I Sometimes Wish I Was Dead
3. Puppets
List of Speak & Spell songs
4. Boys Say Go!
Song Puppets
By Depeche Mode
Songwriter Vince Clarke
Working title "Operator"
Produced by Depeche Mode
Daniel Miller
Recorded at Blackwing Studios (London)
Length (mm:ss) 3:55
Tempo 124 BPM
Time signature 4
Key D Major
Engineered by Eric Radcliffe
John Fryer
Originally released 6 November 1981
Live performances as Depeche Mode 135 times *
Total live performances 135 times *

"Puppets" is a song from the 1981 album Speak & Spell by Depeche Mode.


A working title for this song was "Operator" and Dave Gahan refers to the song by this title during several gigs during the autumn dates of the 1981 Tour.



Get that feeling

Head is reeling

You think you're in control

But you don't know me babe

I can move you

I can soothe you

I can take you places in a different way

I don't think you understand

What I'm trying to say

I'll be your operator baby

I'm in control

Watch your action

Close reaction

And everything you're thinking babe inside your head

Conversation, my creation

Nothing that you do

You do unless I said

You don't know the consequences

Of the things you say

I'll be your operator baby

I'm in control

All the things you tried to do babe

And all the words we said before

Are only part of what I started baby

And you can't stop me anymore

Songwriter: Vince Clarke
Publishing Information: ©1981 Musical Moments Ltd./Sony Music Publishing Ltd.. All rights reserved.

Live performances

Main article: Available recordings of "Puppets"
Main article: List of dates where "Puppets" was played