This song represents several firsts for The Cure: It garnered them their first appearance on the BBC's Top of the Pops program. The album is also the only one to feature Matthieu Hartley on the...
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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  • +11
    My InterpretationTo me, its about being enticed by the perfect girl despite the theory being a myth. Obviously he goes along with the idea, only to find her being the same as everybody else.

    kitsononlineon November 20, 2011   Link
  • +5
    General CommentHe's talking about falling in love with someone that doesn't love him.
    lg4on October 20, 2009   Link
  • +4
    General CommentCome closer and see
    See into the trees
    Find the girl
    While you can
    Come closer and see
    See into the dark
    Just follow your eyes
    Just follow your eyes

    this is about thinking you see love, and hoping it is real. it's about staying cautious at the same time, and taking things as they come.

    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

    this is the feeling that you know it has to be love, and you start making sacrifices, and start realizing how deeply you love them. (the "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

    after all the sacrifices you've made and after something you felt so strongly about, the other person does something to betray or hurt you. it starts to make you think that maybe the whole time you're love was an illusion....and that again, you are going to have to search for that missing love.
    aquarianarchiston October 24, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General Commentmy favourite song by the cure.

    ..i'm way too tired to start deciphering it now that i'm here, though. damn it!
    sarah_phoenixon June 29, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThe song, I think, is about think you're seeing love in a girl, and you start "following" her. The "Into the trees" thing.

    "But suddenly I stop
    Im lost in a forest"
    He finds out that the girls doesn't like him at all...
    Stevenpon October 09, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThe best band in history!
    tahitian17girlon January 23, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentTo me, this seems like a metaphore for the narrator's experiences in love. After all, the whole concept of looking for love in another person means looking at them as something other than they really are, and after you realize they are a person and not your "beloved", you are left alone, hence:

    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

    by incu on 05-24-2004 @ 04:33:32 AM
    the girl is the "american dream"

    I can see how that would work, but I don't see it in this song... Interesting theory, though.
    freakishfaeon June 14, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentfreakishfae hit the nail on the head.

    Looking for something inside someone that doesn't exist within that person. Putting all your eggs in one basket.
    bradleybon October 21, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentgreat song! great mood he creates!
    placebiston April 12, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe song is about trees being analogous to lifeless, pointless, pablum people. And trying to find beauty and love, and life in a "forest". But only losing yourself instead.

    Again, pay close attention to the music, and how every melody in the song is another tree sprouting from the ground into the sky before your face.

    The da dum! da dum, da dum, da dum! are four more trees between you and what you dream of.
    MurderRapeLoveon July 14, 2005   Link

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