The Cure – Lullaby
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
The Cure released Lullaby in April 1989, about one month before the release of their new album Disintegration. This album is overall dark and upsetting. That was probably not a good period for the band. Members quarreled and fought with each other, some had alcohol problems, and Robert Smith himself probably fell into depression again, some say also with other bad consequences.
He basically couldn’t bear the fact that he was getting in his thirties (what shall I say, now over my fifties?). He also could not stand the evidence that the Cure had reached the top of their fame when they got closer to more commercial sounds, leaving their original dark atmospheres.
More generally, Robert Smith softened the tone by saying that the song really referred to the lullabies he was sung as a child, which should have calmed him down for the night, and which instead always ended with awful tones and phrases, which in reality frightened him and stirred him more and more.
In any case, this is definitely one of the Cure’s greatest hits overall, even if it’s noir and gothic. But after all, so were the Cure!
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