"The Promise" as written by Brian D Casey, Brandon D Casey, Jermaine Mauldin Dupri, Bert Young, Gary Smith and Bryan Michael Paul Cox....
How time will heal
Make me forget
You promised me
Time will heal
Make me forget
You promised me
Love will save us all
And time will heal
You promised me

How love will save
Make me forget
You promised me
Love will save
Make me forget
You promised me
Time will heal us all
And love will save
You promised me

I trusted you
I wanted your words
Believed in you
I needed your words
Time will heal
Make me forget
And love will save us all
You promised me another wish
Another way
You promised me another dream
Another day
You promised me another time
You promised me another life
You promised me

So I swallowed the shame and I waited
I buried the blame and I waited
Choked back years of memories

I pushed down the pain and I waited
Trying to forget

You promised me another wish
Another way
You promised me another dream
Another day
You promised me another time
You promised me

Another lie
Oh you promised me

You promised me
You promised me
And I waited
And I waited
And I waited
And I'm still waiting


Lyrics submitted by rocketqueenz

"The Promise" as written by Cecile Charlton Abean Cooper

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

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    General CommentThis song is full of emotion, and so powerful. I think this song is about a relationshp that when it started was beautiful. The one person in the relationship may have promised everything to be perfect and nothing bad would ever happen. Then they reach the end, and what happened to the promises of everything? I guess they're still waiting...
    -Amanda
    bloodflowers323on January 10, 2005   Link
  • +3
    General Commentnotice how none of the sentences resolve, how none of the notes he sing resolve, how the melodies, especially the bassline, never resolve, how the drums suspend touch the ground for less than a moment, and suspend again.... Everything is suspended awaiting resolution for ten minutes and fifteen seconds. Everything builds, but the climax never comes. his words come closer and closer to their full meaning, but the meaning never really comes, until you put it all together and realise that the joke is on you.
    MurderRapeLoveon September 24, 2005   Link
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    General CommentSome emotional scars never fade, time can't heal them and love can't save you from it because you still remember. The author is promised that if he just waits and ignores the pain, it will stop bothering him, but he can't forget what happened and the promise that he will get better with time and love is never kept. What they don't understand is that he can't get over it!

    This reminds me of a lot of the problems I have!
    megielfon May 31, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis is one of their most intense songs. the only one more intense is Disintegration. Its about remembering what you lost and knowing you will never be able to truly forget it. Knowing that no matter who you fall in love with or what you tell yourself that pain will always be there
    King of Some Islandon March 04, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentseriously one of my favorite songs not only by the cure, but all time. I can just close my eyes everytime I listen to it and get totally lost in the sounds. Amazing.
    Pocketmoonlighton September 13, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIf you have the song up loud and listen closely, Robert mutters a sarcastic "sure" after the first "Love will save us all".

    After hearing that, my interpretation of the song changed from resentment towards a former partner to resentment towards society as a whole. As kids, most of us are taught this overly romanticized view on life, which later in our lives comes crashing down. The world has "promised" us that love will never hurt, that time will heal all wounds, that everything gets better over time. Life isn't like that though, and we can spend our entire lives waiting for life to be what it is in fairy tales.
    Hobofuzzon July 18, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis is just SUCH a damn powerful song. a true masterpiece, but then again all of their stuff is just phenominally beautiful/amazing/wonderful/mind blowing.
    Hobofuzz i agree with your interpritation. :P
    Imaginaryboyon September 03, 2007   Link

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