"The Funeral Party" as written by Robert James Smith, Laurence Andrew Tolhurst and Simon Gallup....
Two pale figures
Ache in silence
Timeless
In the quiet ground
Side by side
In age and sadness
I watched
And acted wordlessly
As piece by piece
You performed your story
Moving through an unknown past
Dancing at the funeral party

Memories of children's dreams
Lie lifeless
Fading
Lifeless
Hand in hand with fear and shadows
Crying at the funeral party

I heard a song
And turned away
As piece by piece
You performed your story
Noiselessly across the floor
Dancing at the funeral party


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"The Funeral Party" as written by Robert James Smith Laurence Andrew Tolhurst

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  • +5
    General CommentAmazing how such a simple song can sound so good.

    I feel this song is about a child whose parents have died and all he has left is worriness and dark future for no one is there to love him...no dreams of things being good...his parents are gone at his young age and they meant everything to him. But through it all he can see his parents acting out their love for each other as ghostly figures dancing on air though their bodies lie deep in the ground.
    Nailerkon February 22, 2005   Link
  • +3
    General Comment...nailerk is pretty close to it's meaning, but instead of parents robert had written this about the death of his grandparents and how he felt at their funerals..

    songs about death are a dime a dozen, especially with music these days.. it seems every pseudo-punk and/or emo band has a video where some object of affection teenage girl dies. These songs are filled with cliche phrases of missing them, gaining strength to move on, and/or heaven awaiting, where they'll soon meet up with them. Pre-teens love it, they cry and musicians love having the next '00 version of a power ballad, minus the hair and fist of fury, but still 100% overexaggarated emotion.

    I consider this song a true rare find. Lyrically he describes the moment of letting go, as the music drags you in as you hear every note losing itself in mourning.

    In this song he captures successfully a grey moment filled with sadness and hopelessness, but more impressive still manages to successfully give the song and deceased, grace and beauty.

    making this a song about death, that one who's lost a loved one can really relate to. it's simple, elegant, and endearing.
    xpsychicheartsxon June 02, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General Comment"About the death of my grandparents, and ultimately, I suppose, of the death of my parents, and then me..." R. Smith in Cure News 8 - September 1989

    beautiful song
    monster36604on December 08, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it is increadible the way he describes the death of his granparents so gracefully. I simply love this song.
    sarah89on March 22, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwow, one of my favorites
    existentialanxietyon February 07, 2009   Link
  • -1
    General CommentMY FAVOURITE #1...HEHE!
    letycureon April 22, 2003   Link
  • -1
    General CommentThis is one of my favorite songs...to bad a lot of people don't know about the early cure...
    nsjdogon January 14, 2005   Link

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