This edition of ‘song of the day‘ is also a post for ‘Song Lyric Sunday‘. The challenge is to post a song that fits the weekly theme. Or even a song that doesn’t fit… just to share some lyrics and music.
This week’s theme is revenge/vengeance. It took me about 2 seconds to think of a song.
Maybe it’s not really about revenge or vengeance. But it is full of hate.
A hundred years ago (okay, not that long), I had these friends (who all happened to be guys). They used this song as a sort of revenge… against a girl who treated everyone like dirt… because she thought she was better than everyone… and because she was ‘beautiful‘.
The first line is… “You want to know why I hate you?” How could I not love this song (yeah… darkness)? Plus it’s The Cure.
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 the 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 thoughts 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!”
And this is why I hate you
And how I understand
That no-one ever knows or loves another
Written by The Cure:
Robert Smith, Boris Williams, Porl Thompson, Simon Gallup, Lol Tolhurst