I've been waiting for the lies to end
Holding for the bad to go
I've been hanging for the ugliness to change
Waiting for a world too true
Holding for a world too good
Hanging for a world too beautifuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuul

Wishing for a girl too true
Hoping for a girl too good
Hungry for a girl too beautiful
All I say is a lie she sighs
Nothing I say is true
And all I do is bad she cries
Nothing I do is good
And yeh all I am is ugly
Nothing I am is beautiful at all

Don't get this world
I Don't get this girl

So look, but you wont see it
Listen, and you wont hear it
Reach out, and you wont hold it
You cant know it, but you can free it
You cant name it, but could feel it

I've been waiting for the lies to end
Holding for the bad to go
I've been hanging for the ugliness to change
Waiting for a world too true
Holding for a world too good
Hanging for a world too beautiful..

Wishing for a girl...like you
Hoping for a girl...like you
Hungry for a girl...like you
No...not like you...you


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Truth, Goodness and Beauty song meanings
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    General Commentk, have the time for an extended explanation:

    Truth, goodness and beauty: the three cursed pursuits of humanity.

    The song begins with the protagonist in the depths of existential despair.. . he cries about his imperfect and feeble existence being lost and alone in empty space.

    Then at the 43 second mark, it hits him--he awakens to reach a state of zen-like enlightenment and realises the true nature of reality: that all of existence is the manifestation of beauty as it blooms and echoes and fills all spaces in between.

    This is a take-off of the bloodflowers album concept, about how life is transient like flowers, but life in motion, fully experienced whether in sadness or elation is what makes for all things beautiful, like life sprouting from the dirt erupting and then flowering then withering and then (but not finally) collapsing and dissolving back into the dirt. there is no intermediary stage in the transitions in life that aren't beautiful unless you've stopped paying attention, or have only eyes to the dirt while the garden before you lives breathes and explodes in a sort of slow-motion dance of variety and vibrance.

    At the 43 second mark, the empty spaces burst as they fill with music blooming. Everything builds and bursts outward and spreads like ripples in a pond, or echoes through space to your infinitely sensitive ears.

    listen to the brilliantly innovative use of the drums to achieve the effect of chi-like energy flowing imperceptible until it condenses for a moment into rippling vibration and then dissolves back into the canvas of ever-flowing imperceptible energy again.

    In the second verse tries to explain what he sees to the sad girl with the words "so look! And you wont see it... Listen and you wont hear it... reach out, and you wont hold it, you can't know it... but you can free it, you can't name it, but you can be it.... "

    Try to understand the world simply through the five senses and you'll see an incomplete and imperfect vision.

    Like the zen adage that I'll paraphrase with: I point at the moon, and you stare at my finger."

    To stare at the dirt and see death not life.

    He further emphasises it in the closing lines: "hoping for a girl LIKE you... no not "LIKE" you... YOU!

    Because with YOU he is not describing the lifeless noun as approximated by the 5 senses but the ever evolving and experiencing YOU the verb, the BE-ing like god, infinitely indescribable and impossible to capture.

    It's pretty heavy stuff... But give it time to sink it. think of how the classical flight of the bumble actually sounds like the flight of a bumble bee and you'll get what the cure are all about.
    MurderRapeLoveon June 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis is the most profound song on the nature of reality ever.
    MurderRapeLoveon July 14, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIt really is.
    Dizzon March 18, 2006   Link
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    General CommentSink-it = sink in... please excuse the rest of the grammatical errors too, i'm feeling rushed.
    MurderRapeLoveon June 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentMurderRapeLove, you're way wrong. Or at least, you haven't got it all. I think the heart of the song lies in the lines "all i say is a lie sighs/nothing i say is true/all i do is bad she sighs/nothing i do is good/and yeah all i am is ugly/nothing i am is beautiful".

    and "think of how the classical flight of the bumble actually sounds like the flight of a bumble bee and you'll get what the cure are all about"?? No, that is not what is at the heart of robert smith's music.

    I guess that part is about how a person can be beautiful but still not feel good or understand how they are beautiful.
    dri-fton September 08, 2006   Link
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    General Commentso I guess you feel things are just as simple as they sound or appear. and that would be the nature of robert smith's music then?
    MurderRapeLoveon September 20, 2006   Link
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    General Commentand also, I think it might help if you try closing your eyes and listening to the song... not just the lyrics.
    MurderRapeLoveon September 20, 2006   Link
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    General Commentbtw, the lyrics go:

    So look, but you wont see it
    Listen, and you wont hear it
    Reach out, and you wont hold it
    You cant know it, but you can free it
    You cant name it, but could BE it.
    MurderRapeLoveon September 25, 2006   Link
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    General CommentHmmm. I guess what I am saying is that while you think it is about "the three cursed pursuits of humanity", I think it is really just about one person, in particular, and Robert Smith's relationship with her?

    I think that is where we disagree. Some of what you said I do agree with though.
    dri-fton October 06, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"and also, I think it might help if you try closing your eyes and listening to the song... not just the lyrics"

    you know, that was a little bit patronising. I'm just up for a little bit of debate here, dont assume that I just don't pay as much attention as you.
    dri-fton October 06, 2006   Link

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