"Grinding Halt" as written by Robert James Smith, Laurence Andrew Tolhurst and Michael Stephen Dempsey....
No light
No people
No speak
No people
No cars
No people
No food
No people
Stopped
Short
Grinding halt
Everything's coming to a grinding halt

No sound
No people
No clocks
No people
No fine
No people
No me
No people

Stopped
Short
Grinding halt
Everything's coming to a grinding halt
Everything's coming to a grinding halt

Slow down
Slow down
No people
Slow down
Everything's coming to a
Everything's coming to a
Everything's coming to a
Everything's coming to a


Lyrics submitted by oofus

"Grinding Halt" as written by Michael Stephen Dempsey Laurence Andrew Tolhurst

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

Lyrics powered by LyricFind

Grinding Halt song meanings
Add your thoughts

9 Comments

sort form View by:
  • +2
    General CommentI read in The Cure's biography that this song's lyrics were actually written by Lol Tolhurst and the lines were originally longer, but then Robert shortened them so they only contained the start of each sentence. And it's apparently about 'apathy and decay'. It could be interpreted literally as being about the world coming to an end, but more likely it represents a state of mind, a person not caring any more to the extent that their world comes to a grinding halt, as in it no longer means anything for them.
    MaskOfSanityon April 09, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti dunno i like it you know
    hehehe
    its the old stuff.. can;t listen to it as much as the new stuff but when i am in a really grr grr mood it suits just fine.. no bloody people.. a mental deletion for a while
    Ratzodyon September 15, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is like things suddenly coming to an end, almost like the end of the world maybe. (No light/No people/No speak). Who knows?
    theexplodinggirlon January 06, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think maybe this song is about death and or dying. I appreciate "Grinding Halt" because it's minimal...it grabs my attention, but it's what's not in the song, and how intricate and wrought it isn't, that makes it enjoyable.
    sorrywrongnumbahon January 27, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song rocks!
    HateSaikoon January 29, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentto me this song could mean both things a sudden end to something or the fact that without people there wouldn't be any fine's, car's etc
    ashiton December 29, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI totally agree with MaskOfSanity. The meaning is right on the dot.
    penguinTUXon February 22, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it's about the end of the world, possibly through nuclear catastrophe
    CuteSparkinaon August 28, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlove it. kudos for maskofsanity
    existentialanxietyon February 02, 2009   Link

Add your thoughts

Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

Don’t have an account? Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. It’s super easy, we promise!

Back to top
explain