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Speak To Me
|12. Speak To Me
List of Memento Mori songs
Speak To Me
|Song||Speak To Me|
|Produced by||James Ford|
|Recorded at||Electric Ladyboy (Santa Barbara)|
|Programmed by||James Ford|
|Engineered by||Marta Salogni|
|Engineering assistance||Francine Perry|
|Mixed by||Marta Salogni|
|Mix engineering||Marta Salogni|
|Mixed at||Studio Zona (London)|
|Mastering engineer||Matt Colton|
|Art direction||Anton Corbijn|
|Originally released||24 March 2023|
|Live performances as Depeche Mode||5 times *|
|Total live performances||5 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.
- Main article: Available recordings of "Speak To Me"
- Main article: List of dates where "Speak To Me" was played