"A Forest (Early version two, live at La Bataclan 1979)" as written by Robert James Smith, Simon Gallup, Matthieu A. Hartley and Laurence Andrew Tolhurst....
Come closer and see
See into the trees
Find the girl
If you can
Come closer and see
See into the dark
Just follow your eyes
Just follow your eyes

I hear her voice
Calling my name
The sound is deep
In the dark
I hear her voice
And start to run
Into the trees
Into the trees

Into the trees
Suddenly I stop
But I know it's too late
I'm lost in a forest
All alone
The girl was never there
It's always the same
I'm running towards nothing
Again and again and again and again

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"A Forest" as written by Simon Gallup Robert James Smith

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    General CommentThere are several terribly confusing things about the pre-1980 versions of "A Forest". First is that at both the De Melkweg and Le Bataclan shows, they performed it twice. Apparently it is sort of like the reprise of "Seventeen Seconds" during encores on the Picture Tour, although the second versions of this tune are always a minute longer than the first. Another is the actual name of the song; For the first, no name is given, while for the second at De Melkweg, it is called "At Night", and, to make matters worse, has almost the same lyrics as the first version at La Bataclan! I can see the lyrical parallels with the later song, for example the "someone had to watch" line (it makes a lot more sense if you've read Kafka's vignette). Robert was probably working out the kinks with each performance, finally putting a particular set of lyrics to this tune (one of the earliest versions has very similar lyrics to the album version) and putting the "At Night" ones to a more fitting one.
    Cynothoglyson September 22, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti agree, robert knew what he wanted this song to be but it just couldn't come out right. plus they had so much in them at this time, the early period. the song names can get confusing because bootleggers were never really that concerned with getting names right, just getting the product out as soon as possible.
    it turned out to be a staple of any great cure set.
    MrPinkEyezon January 30, 2010   Link

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