"Cuts You Up" as written by Peter John Murphy and Paul Statham....
I find you in the morning
After dreams of distant signs
You pour yourself over me
Like the sun through the blinds

You lift me up
And get me out
Keep me walking
But never shout

Hold the secret close
I hear you say

You know the way
It throws about
It takes you in
And spits you out

It spits you out
When you desire
To conquer it
To feel you're higher

To follow it
You must be clean
With mistakes
That you do mean

Move the heart
Switch the pace
Look for what seems out of place

On and on it goes
Calling like a distant wind
Through the zero hour we'll walk
We'll cut the thick and break the thin
No sound to break no moment clear
When all the doubts are crystal clear
Crashing hard into the secret wind

You know the way
It twists and turns
Changing color
Spinning yarns

You know the way
It leaves you dry
It cuts you up
And takes you high

You know the way
It's painted gold
Is it honey
Is it gold

You know the way
It throws about
It takes you in
And spits you out

Oh, cuts you up
Oh, cuts you up
Oh, cuts you up
Oh, la la la la la la la la

You know the way
It throws about
It takes you in
And spits you out

It spits you out
When you desire
To conquer it
To feel you're higher

To follow it
You must be clean
With mistakes
That you do mean

Move the heart
Switch the pace
Look for what
Seems out of place

Oh, cuts you up
Oh, cuts you up

It's o.k.
It goes this way
The line is thin
It twists away

Cuts you up
And spits you out
Keeps you walking
But never shout

Oh
Oh


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"Cuts You Up" as written by Paul Statham Peter John Murphy

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  • +4
    General Commentit's a great autumn song. i have certain songs that go with seasons and this one is one of my autumn songs. right before it gets too cold, you can still drive with the windows down, or walk with just a sweater on.

    it reminds me so much of when i was younger...about 10 (when the album came out). i was at a party about two years ago when i was in college and the kid that was playing "dj" played it and i just screamed! no one understood why, only my friend the dj. i just sat, sang and smoked a cigarette while i drank a glass of rum. i loved it.
    i'd give anything to have those times back.
    mzquirkon February 07, 2007   Link
  • +4
    Song MeaningTheory: A man is having an illicit affair. It forces them both to carry on charades, but especially the subject of the song, who is affectionate but then puts distance between them both. They both have to change colors, spin yarns, make up convincing lies. You have to look for what seems out of place so that the other husband won't catch on. Meanwhile, the woman you love refuses to leave the man who she is stuck with. I don't think drug abuse fits the themes here at all. Listen to the rest of the album and you'll hear a few binding threads, relationships being one of them.
    Shrike88on February 27, 2011   Link
  • +3
    General CommentPeter Murphy is a Sufi. Sufism is the mystical tradition of Islam. He lives in Turkey with his Sufi wife. I'm not an expert on Sufism, but this song sounds very much like the mystical journeys Sufis so often write about. The Sufis are famous for their mystical poetry and music. There is more about Peter Murphy's Sufi lifestyle on his Wikipedia page.
    Boonlongon June 07, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI like the part when he says, "Move the heart, switch the pace Look for what seems out of place" because
    this song tells you how can you change your bad feelings into peace and love.
    JOY_DIVISIONon May 07, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentPeter's lyrics create an otherworldliness. They make no sense and yet they do.
    It's a good song.
    Thia007on November 25, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI believe this song is addressing love in the first person. I believe it is about the angst of falling in love with someone. One is unsure of the other persons depth of feeling which results in fear of expressing the love. The feeling of love washes over you in the morning, but fear of expression keeps him moving the heart and shifting the pace, looking for what seems out of place with regard to perceived positive or negative reactions to his advances. Anyone who has experienced unrequited love will understand the feeling of trying again and the mistakes that you do mean defense mechanism which shields one from the devastation once again. It spits you out.....
    holdthattiguhon January 01, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI used to think this song was about love. Now I'm not sure but I think this song is more about life itself.
    MrLongroveon March 16, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentPeter Murphy is an awsome writer. I bought this album when it was first released circa 1990. 16 years later I still love this song. It seems to me to have the flavor of Advaitic philosophy.
    kneoton May 16, 2006   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI suspect that Murphy was very influenced by Kate Bush; this song reminds me of songs from Bush's 'The Sensual World' (like 'The Fog' or 'Never be Mine')

    I'm just now really getting into Peter Murphy's music. I don't know a lot about his personal life, other than that he is very religious. Based on what I have heard of his work, he does seem to draw inspiration from 'dark' things. I think that this song could have been written about a lover who has depression, or perhaps, it is a love song to depression itself. I think that sometimes in this song the 'you' (his lover) and the 'it' (the depression) are the same entity. Depression, horrible as it is, can sometimes be a great source of creative energy. I know that this is true for me...in fact, sometimes I feel like I HAVE to be depressed to get any sort of creative work done. I bet that Peter Murphy can relate to that need to go somewhere 'dark', and that sort of love/hate relationship that a person can have with mental illness. I feel like he describes my own experience fairly well:

    'I find you in the morning
    After dreams of distant signs
    You pour yourself over me
    Like the sun through the blinds'

    So if The Cure's 'Lullaby' is about that hopeless feeling you get when you're depressed and alone at night, the first few lines of this song are about that strange sense of peace that you get when you have SURVIVED a night alone with your depression. When I was living with my boyfriend, I used to have many nights where I would have go away to be by myself so as to not keep him awake; the sheer gratitude that you feel when, after you've cried yourself to sleep, someone that you love comes to find you in the cold and the dark and makes you feel safe again...that's just like that feeling you get seeing morning light through the blinds.

    The 'distant wind', the 'secret wind' that he describes...that could be that bittersweet restlessness that is associated with anxiety and depression. He describes wanting to conquer this thing that 'throws about, takes you in and spit you out', this thing that 'leaves you dry, cuts you up and takes you high'...it's like being carried away by ones emotions. 'Twists and turns, Changing color, spinning yarns'; he could be talking about the 'mental chatter' that you experience when you're dealing with depression....the way the 'stories' that you tell in your own mind about your own identity/perception of reality are altered by mental processes that you can't quiet control...

    The funny thing is, this thing that 'cuts you up' is also the thing that 'lifts you up' and 'keeps you walking' and 'never shouts' (never shouts? could he be talking about wind again? wind sometimes SEEMS to be shouting, but it can't really 'shout'...it's almost like a line from a riddle...) This 'thing' (depression and/or anxiety) can actually be a great motivator, even as it snatches up all of your motivation. It makes you want to change your life/behavior to overcome the suffering inherent in the condition...and yet, there is an 'immediacy' and a sort of clarity to ones experience when one is dealing with depression (I think because the left brain isn't able to 'filter' experiences in the way it usually does)....this feeling can actually be very beautiful, in a weird way.

    I think that this song is very much about trying to experience that sense of 'flow' that can come with dark feelings, without being swept away by those feelings...I think that this song could very well be about Peter Murphy's own 'creative process'.

    Idk, that was a long and rambling interpretation. Sorry for all the grammatical errors and whatnot...don't much care like editing myself right now though, lol.

    Curious to see what everyone else thinks.
    Tithonuson November 22, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLovely.
    CAP005on April 15, 2003   Link

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