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The Cure — Lullaby
Album: Disintegration
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Released: 1989
Length: 4:07
Plays (last 30 days): 3
I spy something beginning with 's'

On candy stripe legs, the spiderman comes
Softly through the shadow of the evening sun
Stealing past the windows of the blissfully dead
Looking for the victim, shivering in bed

Searching out fear in the gathering gloom
And suddenly, a movement in the corner of the room
And there is nothing I can do, and I realize with fright
That the spiderman is having me for dinner tonight

Quietly he laughs, shaking his head
Creeps closer now, closer to the foot of the bed
And softer than shadow and quicker than flies
His arms are all around me and his tongue in my eyes

"Be still, be calm, be quiet now, my precious boy
Don't struggle like that or I will only love you more
For it's much too late to get away or turn on the light
The spiderman is having you for dinner tonight"

And I feel like I'm being eaten
By a thousand million shivering furry holes
And I know that in the morning I will wake up in the shivering cold
And the spiderman is always hungry

"Come into my parlour" said the spider to the fly
"I have something"
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In response to some posts earlier down

Oh, so now we're cancelling the Cure because some man-bun wearing, cry-room seeking millennial is getting his panties in a bunch, associating Lullaby to pedo stuff...? Screw that and play it again, Bill!

Look - everyone sane hates pedos, but let's be real here people; pending that telling spooky stories was all he did, somebody should send Smith's creepy uncle a fruit basket for screwing up young Robert enough to later in life write this excellent track. I'll take your down-vote as secretly agreeing.
I'm not getting shit done at work today.
Just too much damn good music.
Oh well
 Mpayan wrote:

Acording to the liner note of Galore (you were not so far from it):

"WHEN I WAS REALLY YOUNG I HAD A VERY STRANGE UNCLE (ALSO CALLED ROBERT!) WHO DELIGHTED IN FINDING AS MANY WAYS TO SCARE ME WITLESS AS HE COULD. ONE OF HIS FAVOURITES WAS TO WHISPER GRIM BEDSIDE STORIES INTO MY EAR, STORIES THAT OFTEN RELATED THE TWISTED DEEDS OF A HORRIBLE BOY-EATING CREATURE CALLED SIMPLY 'THE SPIDERMAN'. ONE NIGHT HE (MY UNCLE?) ACTUALLY WENT SO FAR AS TO CLIMB IN THROUGH MY BEDROOM WINDOW AFTER THE LIGHTS HAD BEEN PUT OUT... I SCREAMED FOR WHAT SEEMED LIKE DAYS. THE 'SPIDERMAN' STORIES ENDED THAT NIGHT, BUT MY FEAR OF THE DARK AND SPIDERS PERSISTED FOR QUITE SOME TIME... THE TPD VIDEO WON THE BPI 'VIDEO OF THE YEAR' AWARD... SO I SUPPOSE THANKYOU UNCLE ROBERT, WHEREVER YOU ARE NOW... "

- Robert Smith

http://archive.is/FCeSm#selection-75.1-75.716

Cheers!





Thanks for clearing that up M.
I like this song.
 
 jahgirl8 wrote:
we need the Cure
 
We do. But in a deep, dark corner of my mind, I can't help wondering if this isn't the cure. Scary thought.
we need the Cure
 sronis wrote:


I'm sorry, i have to respond to that. Wonderful memories?? are you kidding? cuz i can understand if that was cynical. but just in case it wasn't:

This brilliant, brilliant song might have many possible meanings, but to me it speaks of incest and pedophilia. The spiderman is the father/unkle/whatever who comes to the little boy's bed at night and abuses him. just listen to the words and you'll see what i mean.

the thing is, it's so soothing, the music is so easy on the ears and the title suggests such good things (which is part of why it's so brilliant), and all that means that this song is played on radio, tv, commercials, events, etc, in so many positive circumstances, that people lose the context.

So next time you hear it, please don't think "oh, what a wonderful bed time lullaby", and please don't put your kids to bed with it, if you have any...


 
Acording to the liner note of Galore (you were not so far from it):

"WHEN I WAS REALLY YOUNG I HAD A VERY STRANGE UNCLE (ALSO CALLED ROBERT!) WHO DELIGHTED IN FINDING AS MANY WAYS TO SCARE ME WITLESS AS HE COULD. ONE OF HIS FAVOURITES WAS TO WHISPER GRIM BEDSIDE STORIES INTO MY EAR, STORIES THAT OFTEN RELATED THE TWISTED DEEDS OF A HORRIBLE BOY-EATING CREATURE CALLED SIMPLY 'THE SPIDERMAN'. ONE NIGHT HE (MY UNCLE?) ACTUALLY WENT SO FAR AS TO CLIMB IN THROUGH MY BEDROOM WINDOW AFTER THE LIGHTS HAD BEEN PUT OUT... I SCREAMED FOR WHAT SEEMED LIKE DAYS. THE 'SPIDERMAN' STORIES ENDED THAT NIGHT, BUT MY FEAR OF THE DARK AND SPIDERS PERSISTED FOR QUITE SOME TIME... THE TPD VIDEO WON THE BPI 'VIDEO OF THE YEAR' AWARD... SO I SUPPOSE THANKYOU UNCLE ROBERT, WHEREVER YOU ARE NOW... "

- Robert Smith

http://archive.is/FCeSm#selection-75.1-75.716

Cheers!
IMO, one of their best albums. Waiting for the new one as well!
 eveliko wrote:
One of their very few standable songs.
 
Is it OK if I'm sitting while listening to this one? 
One of their very few standable songs.
I love this song!
These guys certainly established an appropriate atmosphere on this one. Excellent!
Loving this playlist Bill! On fire! {#Cool}
That be some scary shit.  {#Boohoo} 
Halloween is coming. This is my favorite album to play during the season. {#Skull}
 
 hempmandan wrote:
Plant and Page and Porl did a great version of this track...
 
  
OHMish wrote:

Who is Porl?

Porl is the guitarist from the Cure (I didn't know until now).

hempmandan is right... Robert Plant is covering the Cure! The world will never cease to amaze me... Now i just want to hear him cover Prince.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QeFKtHfoIYo


jah
 Oldfastbowler wrote:
I do like the fact that you play The Cure......Often !

 
me too{#Clap}
GodLike! {#Dancingbanana}
Have nearly has no rhymes.
Ahhh the Daily Dose.

 
 hempmandan wrote:
Plant and Page and Porl did a great version of this track...
 
 
Who is Porl?
Oh yeah... me likey {#Good-vibes}
I do like the fact that you play The Cure......Often !
 hempmandan wrote:
Plant and Page and Porl did a great version of this track...
 
 
Kashmir?
Relentless...
I heard this in a supermarket in Red Hook on the island of St. Thomas last week. Seemed slightly out of place. 
Plant and Page and Porl did a great version of this track...
 
A visit by your friendly neighbourhood Spiderman.
kicking myself for not putting this one on the list for "Frodo's IPod" in the Forum section..
Instantly transports me to a dorm room in midtown Atlanta. Here's to Chris and J, Sharla and Sheri.  Does it go to 11?
 takuma wrote:
I usually don't like mixes, but the one of this song mixed with Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes" is really incredible.  (I guess it helps a lot that I like both songs on their own.)  Check it out on YouTube.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZlTg6KtmUU
 

 
No.  Gabriel I know that's you disguised as a listener you creepy stalker of my ears.  Putting Gabriel into a Cure tune is like taking a dump in my coffee to get a new flavour.
I usually don't like mixes, but the one of this song mixed with Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes" is really incredible.  (I guess it helps a lot that I like both songs on their own.)  Check it out on YouTube.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZlTg6KtmUU
 
I like this song, but I think being eaten by a thousand million shivering Ho ho's more disturbing than the spider imagery.
Great song to listen to while laying on the couch and the standing floor speakers turned way up. Especially at night.
{#Sunny}
 rpdevotee wrote:
This song almost makes me feel homophobic

 
Music is never an excuse to become intolerant after all Peter Gabriel makes me feel like skinning kittens
This song almost makes me feel homophobic
thump. 

thump.

thump.

thump.

thump.

 
Brilliant. No question
 rpdevotee wrote:
I would like this song much more if I were gay

 
Yes, maybe soon you'll begin to understand Robert Smith's many ironic layers; a hyper straight man who gender-bended with his appearence and moody subject matter. But, then again he was merely following a well-worn path laid by so many obscure rockers who came before him. Barely heard of names like Mick Jagger, Robert Plant, and David Bowie, to name a few.
This song is creepy on all the best possible ways.
9.
{#Bananapiano}     {#Bananajam}    {#Dancingbanana}    {#Guitarist}     {#Dancingbanana_2}   {#Boohoo}     {#Cheers}


                                                                          {#Yell}.. this is "OUTSTANDING"
 markthecarp wrote:
again and again
im wearing out my psd button
i spend more time lately hitting that than doing anything else online
i guess its time to move on 

 
please, and thanks for stopping by
 rpdevotee wrote:
I would like this song much more if I were gay

 
And this is quite possibly the most idiotic comment I have seen on RP.
WTF does that mean anyway?
 markthecarp wrote:
again and again
im wearing out my psd button
i spend more time lately hitting that than doing anything else online
i guess its time to move on 

 
It's not your fault.
I would like this song much more if I were gay
Another wonderful Cure song on this steaming arvo... Brilliant 
 shanydawg wrote:
I never GOT the cure. always bored me.

 
How can anyone not 'get' The Cure?  Disintegration is one of my all-time favorite albums!
What a coincidence!  An hour ago Bill played a song by The Call and I wrote that I confuse them with The Cure.  Now he's playing The Cure so I have to write that I confuse them with The Call.  But both great bands!  Thanks Bill!!
I wish I never listened to the lyrics of this song ... great music, creepy lyrics.
again and again
im wearing out my psd button
i spend more time lately hitting that than doing anything else online
i guess its time to move on 
 Isabeau wrote:
This is the only Cure song I like. The rest sound like a whiney college boy.

 

indeed, my cure? mute , this is their best....
about #43 on the list of Cure songs that I'd like to hear.  Not bad, but there are SO MANY better ones!!
This is the only Cure song I like. The rest sound like a whiney college boy.
 kingart wrote:
Did this drummer take lessons from the one in Arcade Fire? 
Thump.
Thump.
Thump.
Thump.
 

 

That's an incredibly ignorant statement on more than one level.
I felt like I'd heard this song for years as if it was just background, and then, suddenly, maybe because of where I was at on all levels at the time, I really heard it like for the first time...and then, after, of course it can never be the same...  I was in a stone farmhouse in the hills of Amiata the winter and spring of '05 and I can honestly say I had never seen so many spiders in my life nor have I since!  Spiders in the wine, spiders in the firewood, spiders in every possible place in the bathrooms upstairs and down...and this song came on over the Radio Roma...and -- well, I was paying attention, and it will forever stay in my mind...it remains an eerie, mystical soundscape episode for me...
Did this drummer take lessons from the one in Arcade Fire? 
Thump.
Thump.
Thump.
Thump.
 
 Gajdzin wrote:

Because it's a brilliant, fantastic, incredible song by an otherwise horribly boring band.

Marcin Bruczkowski
www.marcin.bruczkowski.com



 
It's a good song, but I like A forest better. Also less boring imo.
Bore. Snore. No more. 
 Gajdzin wrote:

Because it's a brilliant, fantastic, incredible song by an otherwise horribly boring band.

Marcin Bruczkowski
www.marcin.bruczkowski.com



 
Second you on this!
 ploba wrote:
why is this song played so often?  yuck!
 
Because it's a brilliant, fantastic, incredible song by an otherwise horribly boring band.

Marcin Bruczkowski
www.marcin.bruczkowski.com



I Am Kloot — Even the Stars
David Byrne & St. Vincent — I Am An Ape
and then The Cure

Bill you are having fun, and it's contagious (and today is vastly sunny) - swinging day !{#Dancingbanana}
a song i never get tired of
Zzzzzzzzzzzzzz... wake me up when y'all play some actual music.
My Friday night is now perfect
Love it!
Nice!
Can I just say - what a great song to follow Draining.
 shanydawg wrote:
I never GOT the cure. always bored me.
 
That's funny... I never got people that don't get The Cure.
I never GOT the cure. always bored me.
 ploba wrote:
why is this song played so often?  yuck!
 
Ummm.

Because it's good?
 Clark_Novato wrote:
This song always puts me into an instant groove-meditation state.  We use the extended play version as phone hold music at our company.  Love the reaction we get from our customers.
 
Beats the hell out of greensleaves
Stevie Ray Won,...again!
This song always puts me into an instant groove-meditation state.  We use the extended play version as phone hold music at our company.  Love the reaction we get from our customers.
{#Sunny}
 sronis wrote:


I'm sorry, i have to respond to that. Wonderful memories?? are you kidding? cuz i can understand if that was cynical. but just in case it wasn't:

This brilliant, brilliant song might have many possible meanings, but to me it speaks of incest and pedophilia. The spiderman is the father/unkle/whatever who comes to the little boy's bed at night and abuses him. just listen to the words and you'll see what i mean.

the thing is, it's so soothing, the music is so easy on the ears and the title suggests such good things (which is part of why it's so brilliant), and all that means that this song is played on radio, tv, commercials, events, etc, in so many positive circumstances, that people lose the context.

So next time you hear it, please don't think "oh, what a wonderful bed time lullaby", and please don't put your kids to bed with it, if you have any...
 
Apparently, it is genuinely about a spider that was in his room an terrified him as a child...
 terrapin52 wrote:
I love The Cure and I love the melody in this song, but the lyrics always sort of creeped me out as homoerotic.

let's live and let live 


I love The Cure and I love the melody in this song, but the lyrics always sort of creeped me out as homoerotic.

why is this song played so often?  yuck!
Good strings.
 sronis wrote:


I'm sorry, i have to respond to that. Wonderful memories?? are you kidding? cuz i can understand if that was cynical. but just in case it wasn't:

This brilliant, brilliant song might have many possible meanings, but to me it speaks of incest and pedophilia. The spiderman is the father/unkle/whatever who comes to the little boy's bed at night and abuses him. just listen to the words and you'll see what i mean.

the thing is, it's so soothing, the music is so easy on the ears and the title suggests such good things (which is part of why it's so brilliant), and all that means that this song is played on radio, tv, commercials, events, etc, in so many positive circumstances, that people lose the context.

So next time you hear it, please don't think "oh, what a wonderful bed time lullaby", and please don't put your kids to bed with it, if you have any...
 
I think they meant wonderful memories of this song and its melody, probably not the presumed implications of its lyrical content.  Your interpretation of the lyrics (though astute) is not necessarily the definitive one - not unless you're Robert Smith.


 oldman wrote:

Ditto, and I still think Bill must be "Bob here" that followed Weasel, voice is very similar. I tell anyone that misses WHFS to listen to RP.
 
 

And forget not Damian ... and BTW Cerphe has his own Facebook Page and does webradio 24/7 .. same old Cerphe, too!  I got a card from Damian a few years back but have since lost touch with him.  After the wreck he was really in bad shape for years.

Turning it up now. TY very much.
 sronis wrote:


...This brilliant, brilliant song might have many possible meanings, but to me it speaks of incest and pedophilia. The spiderman is the father/unkle/whatever who comes to the little boy's bed at night and abuses him. just listen to the words and you'll see what i mean....
 
This is exactly how I interpreted the lyrics to this song. Brilliant, sad, and very, very creepy.
Good one!
 nelsonha wrote:
What a great song.  It brings back such wonderful memories.
 

I'm sorry, i have to respond to that. Wonderful memories?? are you kidding? cuz i can understand if that was cynical. but just in case it wasn't:

This brilliant, brilliant song might have many possible meanings, but to me it speaks of incest and pedophilia. The spiderman is the father/unkle/whatever who comes to the little boy's bed at night and abuses him. just listen to the words and you'll see what i mean.

the thing is, it's so soothing, the music is so easy on the ears and the title suggests such good things (which is part of why it's so brilliant), and all that means that this song is played on radio, tv, commercials, events, etc, in so many positive circumstances, that people lose the context.

So next time you hear it, please don't think "oh, what a wonderful bed time lullaby", and please don't put your kids to bed with it, if you have any...


Mmmm, one of my favorite Cure songs. Ssssso deliciousssss.
 WonderLizard wrote:

 Since the demise of the late, lamented WHFS, I have yet to find a better radio station than RP.
 
Ditto, and I still think Bill must be "Bob here" that followed Weasel, voice is very similar. I tell anyone that misses WHFS to listen to RP.
 
I was aware of The Cure in the 80's but I obviously never really was listening...
because I'm hearing a much much better band than I ever realized then.

Guess I was too busy at the time with other things on my mind.
I have since learned that "being too busy"... is overrated.
I frequently dream of being eaten by giant spiders.
Love the standard 80's heavy beat on 2 and 4
 adroc wrote:

My thoughts exactly.  For some reason they get a bad rep (probably due to the look/hair), but thanks to RP I can form an educated opinion, and that opinion is they were pretty damn good.
 

Me too.

Never in a million years thought I'd be admitting that. 
Lullaby me...{#Drummer} {#Bounce} {#Whipit}
The drum track sounds like Kasmir to me.
 peter_james_bond wrote:

{#High-five} {#Roflol}  On a side note, I have to admit that RP has made me realize that The Cure were actually pretty good.

 
My thoughts exactly.  For some reason they get a bad rep (probably due to the look/hair), but thanks to RP I can form an educated opinion, and that opinion is they were pretty damn good.


 WonderLizard wrote:
Hey, smart guy, I have grandchildren; my first concert was The Beatles; and I have socks cooler than you. Since the demise of the late, lamented WHFS, I have yet to find a better radio station than RP.
 
{#High-five} {#Roflol}  On a side note, I have to admit that RP has made me realize that The Cure were actually pretty good.

LOVE


 WonderLizard wrote:

Hey, smart guy, I have grandchildren; my first concert was The Beatles; and I have socks cooler than you. Since the demise of the late, lamented WHFS, I have yet to find a better radio station than RP.
 
Here, here! 

For what it's worth, HFS is supposed to be making a return to the air via the web. 
 Stingray wrote:


You have kids already...?

How old are you? Over 40 already?
Is this the right station for you - sure...?
 
Hey, smart guy, I have grandchildren; my first concert was The Beatles; and I have socks cooler than you. Since the demise of the late, lamented WHFS, I have yet to find a better radio station than RP.

 Cynaera wrote:
I think they should change their name to "The Disease." {#Lol}  Seriously, though - I'm not a huge fan, but I've heard some very good stuff from them here at RP. I especially like "Fascination Street," but this song'll do nicely, too.

No, the Cure is better than the disease. 


I think they should change their name to "The Disease." {#Lol}  Seriously, though - I'm not a huge fan, but I've heard some very good stuff from them here at RP. I especially like "Fascination Street," but this song'll do nicely, too.

Russian word «Ð¿ÑŒÑÐœÐžÑ†Ð°» on the t-shirt Robert reads like a «drunkard»



 Stingray wrote:


You have kids already...?

How old are you? Over 40 already?
Is this the right station for you - sure...?
 

You have kids already...?
Yep

How old are you? Over 40 already?
yep
Is this the right station for you - sure...?
yep

thanks for asking

 Zeito wrote:
I thought Robert Smith was sooo cool when I was a teenager.  I saw him on Leno not too long ago.  He looked like an old, fat Italian woman. 

 

It happens to everyone eventually.
I thought Robert Smith was sooo cool when I was a teenager.  I saw him on Leno not too long ago.  He looked like an old, fat Italian woman. 

What a great song.  It brings back such wonderful memories.
 Stingray wrote:


You have kids already...?

How old are you? Over 40 already?
Is this the right station for you - sure...?
 
Yes, it most certainly is... and it's the right station for someone approaching 60 too!

By the way, RP, great segue from the Doors!

 scrubbrush wrote:


My kids (boys, 6 & 8) love the spiderman refernce in this song... i kinda wish it scared them more, like it does me.
 

You have kids already...?

How old are you? Over 40 already?
Is this the right station for you - sure...?
Surprising for '89, I must admit!
Wow!!!  Haven't heard this in years....gonna go home and dig this one out and listen to the whole album.  Simply Fabulous!

 LongGoneDaddy wrote:
lrg dinnerset spidermanbox open jpg
be prepared when Spiderman comes for dinner!
 

My kids (boys, 6 & 8) love the spiderman refernce in this song... i kinda wish it scared them more, like it does me.
My favorite Cure album of all time.  One of the first dozen or so albums on CD I ever bought.
lrg dinnerset spidermanbox open jpg
be prepared when Spiderman comes for dinner!
 mandolin wrote:
...nineteen eighty-nine, fresh home from the music store and listening for the first time, this album was stunningly good...

 

Circa 1989 - on a New Jersey Transit train - late at night - raining - listened to this for the first time on cassette via a walkman.

It was amazing then - and is now.
Disintegration is such a great album.

remix?  ah that's why I thought I heard this the other day.  it was the remix!  (which barely sounds like a remix to me)
Here's the REAL version.  Happy complainers?  I still like the remix just as much.

EDIT:  This version is way better.

 ArbiterOfGoodTaste wrote:
Anyone know what he whispers at the beginning of the song?
 
I spy something beginning with s...
on candystripe legs the spiderman comes
softly through the shadow of the evening sun
stealing past the windows of the blissfully dead
looking for the victim shivering in bed
searching out fear in the gathering gloom and
suddenly!
a movement in the corner of the room!
and there is nothing i can do
when i realize with fright
that the spiderman is having me for dinner tonight! quietly he laughs and shaking his head
creeps closer now
closer to the foot of the bed
and softer than shadow and quicker than flies
his arms are all around me and his tongue in my eyes
"be still be calm be quiet now my precious boy
don't struggle like that or i will only love you more
for it's much too late to get away or turn on the light
the spiderman is having you for dinner tonight" and i feel like i'm being eaten
by a thousand million shivering furry holes
and i know that in the morning i will wake up
in the shivering cold and the spiderman is always hungry... "Come into my parlour", said the spider to the fly... "I have something... "