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The Cure — Lullaby (extended mix)
Album: Mixed Up
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Released: 1990
Length: 7:41
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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 realise 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...
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 coloradojohn wrote:

From mid-January to mid-April of 2005, I rented an ancient two-story stone farmhouse in the hills of Monte Amiata, Tuscany. There are two things in amazing abundance in Tuscany no matter the season, I discovered: cats, and SPIDERS. I appreciate the fact that spiders can dispose of an impressive amount of little crawly critters I don't have time to mess around with, but...when I find mouse-sized wolf spiders everywhere I look every time I go into the bathroom, and when I have to curse and wince every time I go through a doorway because I am running into brand-new tangles of webs dangling there even though I just ripped them all down not long before, well, it all gets a bit too creepy. Unlike insects, arthropods are relatively unaffected by cold. Nor were they the slightest bit afraid of me. They were firmly and resolutely established, everywhere I looked, in vast numbers. It was already rather disturbing. Then, when I began to warm the place by firing up the wood-stoves and kitchen fireplace-oven, and all the pillbugs, beetles, and even little black scorpions that had gone to sleep under the tiles of the roof and woodshed started coming down and out of the walls, and clambering all up and down the stairs, well, that bonanza of bugs sure got all those spiders even more mobilized and energized, and made them visible 24/7. Some nights, it was difficult to turn the lights off and let myself fall asleep, if you know what I mean. This song was played often on the Radio Roma station I was able to pull in, and has always had a very special, haunting meaning for me since then... Lullaby, indeed!



Wow, I've been quite excited about going to Tuscanny someday, but NOW?!?! 
 AhhtheMusic wrote:

If it hasn't been stated already, I thought the first three or four notes were a rip off from the song Shout by Tears for Fears, now I find the Shout song was released in 1994 so THEY did a bit of a rip off it seems.  




Similar tempo, two similar chords. I mean.....
 AhhtheMusic wrote:
If it hasn't been stated already, I thought the first three or four notes were a rip off from the song Shout by Tears for Fears, now I find the Shout song was released in 1994 so THEY did a bit of a rip off it seems.  
 
TFF Shout was 1984, not 94, and Lullaby originally appeared in '89 on Disintegration
 AhhtheMusic wrote:
If it hasn't been stated already, I thought the first three or four notes were a rip off from the song Shout by Tears for Fears, now I find the Shout song was released in 1994 so THEY did a bit of a rip off it seems.  
 
Songs from the Big Chair
(which includes Shout)  was released in the UK in November 1984.

Don't know about ripping off notes, but TFF was earlier by some 5 years


 hayduke2 wrote:
cool song, and another way cool anecdote by coloradojohn!

Hey cjohn, years ago some pals and I were in the Belize Jaguar Preserve where we stayed in a small cinder-block building, a doorless, window-free, hut where we slept in mosquito-tented hammocks. There were lots of bugs in every crevice, including large long-tailed spiders, scorpions, even tiny bats! anyway, one morning I wake up early to do the coffee and had to shake the bag of filters to get rid of the ants streaming into it, "little fuckers...", hey man, they're in the water bottle, shit ...hey get these things out of my shorts! WHAT THE FUCK!!! There was a writhing pile of little reddish ants roiling around EVERYTHING! "Yo wake up there's an invasion man!!!" they were now crawling up and down the walls, the strings to the hammocks, every one of our bags, our piles of clothes, man in minutes the entire floor of the little shack was black with throbbing piles of ants! we went out the door where you could see an inch wide stream of high-speed little buggers relentlessly directed into the shack, they were coming from the thick bushes about 10 yards away, the thick bobbing line of them looking like a stream of little rolling blackish red ball-bearings spilling out of the jungle and into the hut, Holy Fuck! Another line of them started coming out of the hut, heading back into the bush, on the top of the stream now were the spiders, the scorpions, moths, crickets, a fuckin mouse! they as a team held aloft little bits of whatever to bring back into their kingdom, back to their ant hill, the whole thing lasted like 20 minutes 

whoa they were awesome  : )
 
Best story I've read this morning! Thanks!
This is a great song (with a great video as well) but this extended mix is awful, and ruins the entire set up. That incessant bell and triangle throughout the ENTIRE track is just so unnecessary.
If it hasn't been stated already, I thought the first three or four notes were a rip off from the song Shout by Tears for Fears, now I find the Shout song was released in 1994 so THEY did a bit of a rip off it seems.  
 hayduke2 wrote:
cool song, and another way cool anecdote by coloradojohn!

Hey cjohn, years ago some pals and I were in the Belize Jaguar Preserve where we stayed in a small cinder-block building, a doorless, window-free, hut where we slept in mosquito-tented hammocks. There were lots of bugs in every crevice, including large long-tailed spiders, scorpions, even tiny bats! anyway, one morning I wake up early to do the coffee and had to shake the bag of filters to get rid of the ants streaming into it, "little fuckers...", hey man, they're in the water bottle, shit ...hey get these things out of my shorts! WHAT THE FUCK!!! There was a writhing pile of little reddish ants roiling around EVERYTHING! "Yo wake up there's an invasion man!!!" they were now crawling up and down the walls, the strings to the hammocks, every one of our bags, our piles of clothes, man in minutes the entire floor of the little shack was black with throbbing piles of ants! we went out the door where you could see an inch wide stream of high-speed little buggers relentlessly directed into the shack, they were coming from the thick bushes about 10 yards away, the thick bobbing line of them looking like a stream of little rolling blackish red ball-bearings spilling out of the jungle and into the hut, Holy Fuck! Another line of them started coming out of the hut, heading back into the bush, on the top of the stream now were the spiders, the scorpions, moths, crickets, a fuckin mouse! they as a team held aloft little bits of whatever to bring back into their kingdom, back to their ant hill, the whole thing lasted like 20 minutes 

whoa they were awesome  : )
 
Holy Christ!
I don't always listen to The Cure, but when I do I listen to this song.
 Ihatethissong wrote:
What other band would make getting eaten by a spider man sound so sexy?
 
Sexy? You might want to read the lyrics again. 
What other band would make getting eaten by a spider man sound so sexy?
 dianed wrote:
I really liked this song until I found out what it's about.  Now it's just creepy.  I have a hard time listening to it. It's now ending up as a skippable track.  Sorry.
 
There are several theories as to what this song is about.  Smith himself has even hinted at a few different meanings to these lyrics.  
"...While Smith most often attributes "Lullaby" to childhood nightmares, fans have speculated that it's actually a metaphor for everything from depression to addiction and abuse. The latter interpretation was further fueled by a portion of an MTV interview where Smith talks about the song.'One particular night, my uncle burst through the window, and he did unspeakable things,' said Smith, before adding with a laugh, 'He didn't really.'"
I really liked this song until I found out what it's about.  Now it's just creepy.  I have a hard time listening to it. It's now ending up as a skippable track.  Sorry.
Another great remix by Mark Saunders

I'm not sure this song needed to be extended.
More water glass
Beautiful, dreamy, intricate "new-wave." I loved the 80's and the Cure were one of the best, along with The The and The Smiths. Keep on playing!
Hard to believe The Cure has been around for 43 years. Man I'm old.
S’noice. 

{#Frustrated}  . The extended mix is a pity, a disaster 
meh. next. 
{#Sunny}
Shout, shout let it all out! This is a remix I can do without.
 idiot_wind wrote:
Is this a song or noise from a road construction project?  Sounds like a pile driver on a construction site. Bang. bang, bang. 

 

That incessant hammering is why I dislike this song.  
Is this a song or noise from a road construction project?  Sounds like a pile driver on a construction site. Bang. bang, bang. 
cool song, and another way cool anecdote by coloradojohn!

Hey cjohn, years ago some pals and I were in the Belize Jaguar Preserve where we stayed in a small cinder-block building, a doorless, window-free, hut where we slept in mosquito-tented hammocks. There were lots of bugs in every crevice, including large long-tailed spiders, scorpions, even tiny bats! anyway, one morning I wake up early to do the coffee and had to shake the bag of filters to get rid of the ants streaming into it, "little fuckers...", hey man, they're in the water bottle, shit ...hey get these things out of my shorts! WHAT THE FUCK!!! There was a writhing pile of little reddish ants roiling around EVERYTHING! "Yo wake up there's an invasion man!!!" they were now crawling up and down the walls, the strings to the hammocks, every one of our bags, our piles of clothes, man in minutes the entire floor of the little shack was black with throbbing piles of ants! we went out the door where you could see an inch wide stream of high-speed little buggers relentlessly directed into the shack, they were coming from the thick bushes about 10 yards away, the thick bobbing line of them looking like a stream of little rolling blackish red ball-bearings spilling out of the jungle and into the hut, Holy Fuck! Another line of them started coming out of the hut, heading back into the bush, on the top of the stream now were the spiders, the scorpions, moths, crickets, a fuckin mouse! they as a team held aloft little bits of whatever to bring back into their kingdom, back to their ant hill, the whole thing lasted like 20 minutes 

whoa they were awesome  : )
I'm not much of a Cure fan, but this is pretty cool.
From mid-January to mid-April of 2005, I rented an ancient two-story stone farmhouse in the hills of Monte Amiata, Tuscany. There are two things in amazing abundance in Tuscany no matter the season, I discovered: cats, and SPIDERS. I appreciate the fact that spiders can dispose of an impressive amount of little crawly critters I don't have time to mess around with, but...when I find mouse-sized wolf spiders everywhere I look every time I go into the bathroom, and when I have to curse and wince every time I go through a doorway because I am running into brand-new tangles of webs dangling there even though I just ripped them all down not long before, well, it all gets a bit too creepy. Unlike insects, arthropods are relatively unaffected by cold. Nor were they the slightest bit afraid of me. They were firmly and resolutely established, everywhere I looked, in vast numbers. It was already rather disturbing. Then, when I began to warm the place by firing up the wood-stoves and kitchen fireplace-oven, and all the pillbugs, beetles, and even little black scorpions that had gone to sleep under the tiles of the roof and woodshed started coming down and out of the walls, and clambering all up and down the stairs, well, that bonanza of bugs sure got all those spiders even more mobilized and energized, and made them visible 24/7. Some nights, it was difficult to turn the lights off and let myself fall asleep, if you know what I mean. This song was played often on the Radio Roma station I was able to pull in, and has always had a very special, haunting meaning for me since then... Lullaby, indeed!
 Lowdown wrote:
excellent playlist tonight

 
Agreed!
excellent playlist tonight
 jimtyrrell wrote:
this was one of my favorite Cure songs until I couldn t get the playing of the water glass out of head. Was this someones mom or someone they had to give a part to play by contract?
 
This is the ‘extended mix’ which probably means as much as ‘throw some extra crap in there, like way too many percussion sounds’. I think this version is played too often, the original is way better.
this was one of my favorite Cure songs until I couldn t get the playing of the water glass out of head. Was this someones mom or someone they had to give a part to play by contract?
A lot going on here Interesting
mmmmm something warm when -15F outside  {#Sunny}
Saw them in Munich a few weeks ago - still worth it. Great (and long) performance
like it. like it. like it.
Stop that incessant beeping! 
{#Sunny}
80's remixes sound good to me! Not for those with short attention spans,of course. Dated maybe but so what. A good indulgent 80's remix is often better than most vacuous twaddle called music these days. Personally ... every minute of this mix is musical heaven.
 
The Cure is growing on me, thanks to RP{#Dancingbanana}
these remixes, intended for 80s clubs, are generally very dated sounding these days. Annoyingly, these often pop-up on download servers instead of the original versions
Way too stretched out for my taste. 3 instead of 8 for the original.
 BigE wrote:
Hey, it's The Cure.  Of course it's a 9.

 
{#Wink}
PSD, take me away.
Hey, it's The Cure.  Of course it's a 9.
I love this song, but the remix plods a bit. Rated 6. (I'd probably rate the original a 9 or 10).
Radio Paradise story: meeting a (new friend in a tiny town in the south of France) I ask him about music and what he likes; he replies (no English) radio paradis bien sur! YES! Says me. A winner for sure!!!
Likie lotsie.......added two little white boxes onto volume bar.

Now three........
 jt1 wrote:


I quite like the song, but your comment brought a smile to my face.
Thanks.   

 
me too {#Jump} and I like the song a lot..
 ScottN wrote:
Thanks, RP,  for the PSD button.

 

I quite like the song, but your comment brought a smile to my face.
Thanks.   
Sexeee
shout shout let it all out
This was originally a good song that did not need this kind of garnering and embellishing.
 WonderLizard wrote:

We may disagree about this song, but we agree about His Noodly Appendage.

 
Pastafarian Seal
Robert Plant and Jimmy Page do an interesting live cover of tis track...
 
 ScottN wrote:
Thanks, RP,  for the PSD button.

 
We may disagree about this song, but we agree about His Noodly Appendage.
 jazzbert wrote:
+1 on more cowbell!

 

 
Sounds more like a Coke bottle to me ...
Never heard this version before...awesome!! 
 WonderLizard wrote:
I love this song and don't care which version Bill plays.

  
The_Walrus wrote:

Agreed!

 
One of the best albums from one of the greatest bands in my world.  Thanks to them and to RP for improving my rubbish day massively.
 WonderLizard wrote:
I love this song and don't care which version Bill plays.

 
Agreed!
I love this song and don't care which version Bill plays.
+1 on more cowbell!

 
Thanks, RP,  for the PSD button.
{#Dance}
This version of this song is on my desert island connection.  The EP version puts my into such a grounded groove.  It's also great for making love.  I don't even know what the words say.
The longer this goes on, the less I like it. The original was so good. This just seems like much of a muchness.
i going against the trend;  i really like this longer version!
Agree. Play the original.
 djengs wrote:
The original is better. This really does not add much, except cowbell. 
 
Which is AWESOME!!!


The original is better. This really does not add much, except cowbell. 
 drife wrote:
I frequently dream of being eaten by giant spiders.
 
ism
This completely deadens me. If, perhaps I were drunk and this was played extra loud, but no, all music sounds better when drunk and extra loud.

BLEH bleh bleh bleh
Always loved this song. Never heard this version. Used to play it for visiting children on Halloween
 ckcotton wrote:
Lullaby for sure....
falling asleeeeeeeeppppp zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz........... 
 
Makes me want to move.....
Lullaby for sure....
falling asleeeeeeeeppppp zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz........... 
Interesting, but I don't think it compares to the original, which is more layered, interesting, and compelling to my ears...
Luv it !!!!!!  {#Clap}
Remixes are good, too !
F*ckin' long innit?

Good luck making the R&R Hall of Fame, Cure!!!

This song is just one of many that have certainly earned you the title! {#Notworthy}


Awful electronic snare clunk is giving me a headache.
ME LIKE! Very nice groove...
Much better than the originalversion! Good groove in this.
The original version of this song is OK (not great), but stretching it out this long really gets tiresome.
His arms are around me....

...and his tongue in my eyes!
First Cure song I ever heard and it blew me away!
 Netto wrote:

I'm too. But I love this album because «Mixed Up» first I've heard from Cure.

 
Same here...my first encounter with the music, so naturally, my favorite.

 drife wrote:
I frequently dream of being eaten by giant spiders.
 
you guys are crackin' me up...

You can hear "the original" anywhere, cant here this one anywhere else - thanks Bill!  {#Cool}
 tutakea wrote:
i like the original much better. still a good song...
 
I'm too. But I love this album because «Mixed Up» first I've heard from Cure.

I frequently dream of being eaten by giant spiders.
 ydorsouroti wrote:
Soft porn soundtrack
 
lol...

Still a good road song......the extended version gets you closer to your destination.
Bill, please play the original. This is not a bad remix, but I like the original one much better. And while you changing it to the original, add the kyoto song to the list!
i like the original much better. still a good song...
{#Frustrated}
Yay! My favorite Cure song and this is a really neat version {#Heartkiss}
Make the bad man stop!
I've been Cured!!  I'm dancing!!!
 ziggytrix wrote:

i'm sure they're both synths.  the deeper one might even be the same track instrument pitched down several octaves since it plays as the rhythm notes to the triangle fills.

sorry if that doesn't make any sense, i'm a total noob at production mixing.  :P

 
Probably a single synth, like a Motif, doing a basic loop with a couple of percussion samples.  You hear the same thing on Tears for Fears' "Shout," which likewise incorporates a triangle sample into its percussion loop.
 Lrobby99 wrote:
annoying.
 

I agee. I thought it would never end.
annoying.
A rare song by The Cure that I like.
I LOVE the Cure, but WHY THE HE11 does RP keep playing this mix of this song?  It is in the regular rotation, but they don't even play the original version?  I hear this song more often than any other cure song on RP!!!  How much does that suck?  Almost as much as this mix...
{#Cry} 
Soft porn soundtrack
 spraehbuer wrote:

also think it's a triangle. the other one is a cowbell

 
i'm sure they're both synths.  the deeper one might even be the same track instrument pitched down several octaves since it plays as the rhythm notes to the triangle fills.

sorry if that doesn't make any sense, i'm a total noob at production mixing.  :P

the clanging has now gone beyond irritating...
Love the cure, love this album, love this song :)
great song—stop being so picky...
What's the story behind the lead singer's stage persona? Too much KISS as a kid? Or did acid while watching the movie Beetlejuice? 
 WayUpNorth wrote:
Separated at Birth
 
SOB{#Whipit}
i quite like some of the Cure, but this sucks
 WayUpNorth wrote:
Separated at Birth
 
Now I won't be able to sleep tonite{#Eek}
Separated at Birth
 OHMish wrote:
{#Yell} more cowbell ! {#Bananajam}


 
There can't be enough cowbell on some songs, but this one is not one of them. Give me the original over this remix any time.

 philboid wrote:
Really like this song, although I can live without the remix.
 

Today I was just thinking this is the first time I like the remix better, but usually I'm with you.
 OHMish wrote:
{#Yell} more cowbell ! {#Bananajam}


 

 

 


I sing this to the kids every night!   {#Sleep}{#Hungry}
Should be more extended like 20 minutes at least!  Love it.