See You

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4. Nothing To Fear
5. See You
List of A Broken Frame songs
6. Satellite
See You
Song See You
By Depeche Mode
Songwriter Martin L. Gore
Produced by Daniel Miller
Depeche Mode
Recorded at Blackwing Studios (London)
Length (mm:ss) 4:34 (album version)
3:55 (7"/single version)
4:50 (12" version)
Tempo 140 BPM
Time signature 4
Key A Minor
Engineered by John Fryer
Eric Radcliffe
Photography Brian Griffin
Calligraphy Ching Ching Lee
Recorded December 1981
Originally released 29 January 1982
Live performances as Depeche Mode 212 times *
Total live performances 212 times *

"See You" is a song from the 1982 album A Broken Frame by Depeche Mode. It was released as a lead single on January 29, 1982.


You can read more about the inspiration and creation of 'See You' here.

Daniel Miller wrote in the sleeve notes for the A Broken Frame Remaster CD in 2006:

"Martin had brought a PPG, one of the first digital keyboards. It was called a wave table synth and was pretty advanced for its time, but very unreliable. We got some sounds on it that we wouldn’t have otherwise got — the choir sound on ‘See You’ came from that."

The magazine Electronics & Music Maker said in their May 1982 issue:

"'See You' [...] features a great melodic sequencer bass line (using a Roland MC4 Microcomposer) and some truly wonderful vocal and bell sounds courtesy of the newly acquired PPG Wave 2 digital/analogue synth."

Martin Gore told Kingsize magazine in May 2001:

"Do I feel any affection for things like 'See You'? Not really, no. It was the first song I wrote after Vince left, and I think I was just trying to copy his style. It was a nightmare recording because we still lived in Basildon and caught the last train back from London. It was always a dodgy train, full of drunkards, and we always got into fights, sometimes because we were recognised, but usually it was just pure Essex violence!"


See You

All I want to do is see you again

Is that too much to ask for

I just want to see your sweet smile

Smiled the way it was before

Well I'll try not to hold you

And I'll try not to kiss you

And I won't even touch you

All I want to do is see you

Don't you know that it's true

I remember the days when we walked through the woods

We'd sit on a bench for a while

I treasure the way we used to laugh and play

And look in each others eyes

You can keep me at a distance if you don't trust my resistance

But I swear I won't touch you

All I want to do is see you

Don't you know that it's true

Well I know five years is a long time and that times change

But I think that you'll find people are basically the same

If the water's still flowing we can go for a swim

And do the things we used to do

And if I'm reluctant you can pull me in

We can relive our youth

But we'll just stay friendly like sister and brother

Though I think I still love you

All I want to do is see you

Don't you know that it's true

All I want to do is see you

Don't you know that it's true

All I want to do is

See you

All I want to do is

See you

Songwriter: Martin L. Gore
Publishing Information: ©1982 Grabbing Hands Music Ltd/EMI Music Publishing Ltd. All rights reserved.

Music video

Live performances

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

1981-1985: Dreaming of MeNew LifeJust Can't Get EnoughSee YouThe Meaning Of LoveLeave in SilenceGet The Balance Right!Everything CountsLove In ItselfPeople Are PeopleMaster And ServantBlasphemous RumoursSomebodyShake The DiseaseIt's Called A Heart
1986-1989: StrippedBut Not TonightA Question Of LustA Question Of TimeStrangeloveNever Let Me Down AgainBehind The WheelLittle 15Route 66Personal Jesus
1990-1999: Enjoy The SilencePolicy of TruthWorld In My EyesI Feel YouWalking In My ShoesCondemnationIn Your RoomBarrel Of A GunIt's No GoodHomeUselessOnly When I Lose Myself
2000-2009: Dream OnI Feel LovedFreeloveGoodnight LoversPreciousA Pain That I'm Used ToSuffer WellJohn the RevelatorLilianMartyrWrongPeaceFragile TensionHole To Feed
2010-2017: HeavenSoothe My SoulShould Be HigherWhere's The RevolutionGoing BackwardsCover Me
1992-1998: Faith HealerDriftingStalkerMissing Piece
2000-2008: Strange HoursJezebelPreyAllelujah
2003-2008: Dirty Sticky FloorsI Need YouBottle LivingHold OnA Little PieceKingdomSaw SomethingDeeper And Deeper
2012-2015: Longest DayTake Me Back HomeAll Of This And NothingShine
1989-2003: CompulsionStardustLoverman
2012: SpockSingle BlipAftermaths