Typical of many songs by UK band Depeche Mode, the meanings of their songs are not exactly clear and upfront.
Band member Alan Wilder felt said of the song’s lyrics “there’s a certain edge to what we do that can make people think twice about things. If we’ve got a choice between calling a song ‘Understand Me’ or ‘Shake the Disease’, we’ll call it ‘Shake the Disease’. There’s a lot of perversity and innuendo in our lyrics, but nothing direct.”
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