How Beautiful You Are
The Cure

You want to know why I hate you?
Well I'll try and explain...

You remember that day in Paris
When we wandered through the rain
And promised to each other

That we'd always think the same
And dreamed that dream
To be two souls as one

And stopped just as the sun set
And waited for the night
Outside a glittering building
Of glittering glass and burning light...

And in the road before us
Stood a weary greyish man
Who held a child upon his back
A small boy by the hand
The three of them were dressed in rags
And thinner than air
And all six eyes stared fixedly on you

The father's eyes said "Beautiful!
How beautiful you are!"
The boy's eyes said
"How beautiful!
She shimmers like a star!"
The child's eyes uttered nothing
But a mute and utter joy
And filled my heart with shame for us
At the way we are

I turned to look at you
To read my thought upon your face
And gazed so deep into your eyes
So beautiful and strange
Until you spoke
And showed me understanding is a dream
"I hate these people staring
Make them go away from me!"

The father's eyes said "Beautiful!
How beautiful you are!"
The boy's eyes said
"How beautiful! She glitters like a star!"
The child's eyes uttered nothing
But quiet and utter joy
And stilled my heart with sadness
For the way we are...

And this is why I hate you
And how I understand
That no-one ever knows or loves another
Or loves another


(1990)

Song is from the album "Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me released in 1987; Video is of a Live Performance in Sydney, August 2007

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The Cure   (Rock Band)

"a goth hit machine..., an international phenomenon and, yep, the most successful alternative band that ever shuffled disconsolately about the earth."

The Cure is "an English rock band that formed in ... 1976.  The band has experienced several lineup changes, with frontman, guitarist and main songwriter Robert Smith known for his iconic wild hair, pale complexion, smudged lipstick and frequently gloomy and introspective lyrics the only constant member."

"... they first started releasing music in the late 1970s. Their first album Three Imaginary Boys and early singles placed them as part of the post-punk and New Wave movements that had sprung up in the wake of the punk rock revolution in the United Kingdom. During the early 1980s the band's increasingly dark and tormented music helped form the gothic rock genre."

"The Cure's popularity increased as the decade wore on, especially in the United States, where the songs "Just Like Heaven", "Lovesong" and "Friday I'm in Love" entered the Billboard Top 40 charts. By the start of the 1990s, The Cure were one of the most popular alternative rock bands in the world and have sold an estimated 27 million albums as of 2004. As of 2007, The Cure have released twelve studio albums and over thirty singles, with a thirteenth album in the works."

Genre: Post-punk, Gothic rock, Alternative rock, New Wave

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