"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
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
It 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

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

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

Cuts you up
It throws about
Keep me walking
But never shout.


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

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  • +3
    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
  • +2
    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
  • +2
    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
  • +1
    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
  • +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
    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
  • +1
    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 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
  • 0
    General CommentLovely.
    CAP005on April 15, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBeautiful imagery and ahh...that voice! One of my faves.
    glaistig30on February 27, 2007   Link

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