"Doubt" as written by Robert James Smith, Laurence Andrew Tolhurst and Simon Gallup....
Stop my flight to fight
And die
And take a stand to change my life
So savage with red desperation
I clench my hands
You draw your claws
A hidden rage consumes my heart
Fueled by years of wasted time
I close my eyes
And tense myself
And screaming
Throw myself in fury over the edge
And into your blood
Tear at flesh
And rip at skin
And smash at doubt
I have to break you
Fury drives my vicious blows
I see you fall but still I strike you
Again and again
Your body falls
The movement is sharp and clear and pure
And gone
I stop and kneel beside you
Drained of everything but pain

Screaming throw myself in fury
Over the edge and into your blood

Kiss you once and see you writhe
Hold you close and hear you cry
Kiss your eyes and finish your life
Kiss your eyes
Finish your life

Again and again
Your body falls
The movement is sharp and clear and pure
And gone
I stop and kneel beside you
Knowing I'll murder you again tonight

Knowing I'll murder you again
Knowing I'll murder you again
Knowing I'll murder you again
Knowing I'll murder you again
Tonight


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"Doubt" as written by Robert James Smith Laurence Andrew Tolhurst

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    General CommentThis song is about doubt, you idiot.
    Have you ever had doubt?
    Its like this, you can fight it but it will always fight back.
    jancsibohocon March 03, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song is from the album Faith, which is the opposite of "Doubt." The album also features a title-track, which seems to be the other side to the same coin as "Doubt."

    So in essence,

    "Faith" is about holding it all in.
    "Doubt" is about letting it all go.

    In "Faith," he talks about his misery, and as a clown in a crowd, just sits like a mountain or something to that effect, and in the ends, just ends up with nothing but faith that maybe things will change.

    In "Doubt," he lets it all go, and is "drained of everything but pain." In the song, he kills someone over and over, again, and he can't help it.

    In all, it seems like the relationship he held during this time, was on the verge of destruction as he was feeling like shit, and bringing her down with him, so he had one of two choices: continue hurting her until she leaves him ("Doubt"), or he stays and waits it out ("Faith").
    toughguybambinoon June 22, 2005   Link
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    General Commentwell... you could go with the more obvious interpretation... about a person beating his loved one. or dreaming about it, etc. perhaps only verbal, which is, somehow, more poignant.

    or.

    could it be a comment on rough sex. fueled by what seems like so much violence, leading into an ultimate climax... such destructive behaviour.so much pain to find the release.

    ... don't you just love how songs can be interpretted in so many different ways. that's why music is so grand.
    irate hippi chicon June 26, 2003   Link
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    General CommentBut also,
    imagine this song polayed by some contemporary heavymetal band. It could well be like a trashmetal song cover or something, with strong fuzzpedal and stuff...
    jancsibohocon March 03, 2005   Link
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    General CommentOh for goodness' sake. You can't kill a person repeatedly (let alone every night), so there's nothing literal about this song. Besides, do you really think Robert and Mary would still be together if he were ever this cruel to her?

    Like every other song on Faith, this song has to be taken in context: it's not about anything as trivial as a bad relationship. The whole album is about the loss of childlike innocence, of letting go of religion or faith in a higher being, of realising you are your own person and ultimately coming to terms with all that entails.

    Doubt, specifically, is about challenging former beliefs head on, all in a rage as you realise that it's all nonsense and that you have to actively change your life instead of being just another drone going through the motions. It's about, as jancsibohoc points out, fighting against the doubt that what you believe and do is right, a battle you can never really win once and for all.

    It's one of the most powerful songs I've ever heard, from an absolute masterpiece of an album.
    sephereniaon March 18, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"Expressing the anger and frustration at the pointlessness of everything (at the time?), trying to fight the waves of absurdity."
    (R. Smith, from cure news Number 8)
    ses110on April 12, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe 'you' is doubt, itself.
    xodon May 04, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI've said it before, I'll say it again - Simon Gallup ROCKS!
    Smith is a master of imagery.
    Great song!
    monster36604on November 25, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationIt's rather cliche' for the audience to assume that anyone singing a song is singing about him or herself as "I" and the other person as "you". He may be singing about how he feels being beaten by something. So what ever "doubt" is in the song is the thing that is murdering him again and again. This could be something like addiction. It can often drain a person and leave them with pain when the person gives it up. The part about flesh and such could be perhaps needle injections. "Throw myself in fury over the edge And into your blood" could be something that's got under his skin either literally or metaphorically (not necessarily drugs or alcohol). Of course there is the age old perception that all songs about a boyfriend abusing a girlfriend and that all songs are in the 1st person perspective. However this could be a 2nd person narrative OR a 3rd person narrative about a 2nd narratives perspective (unsure). The Cure / Robert have been known to sing not just poetically but in a sort of story-writing sense (eg Charlotte Sometimes and A strange Day). However I believe that the poetic license here is that Robert is refereeing to both himself and what ever the problem is as "I" and "myself". References to cutting could be cutting lines of cocaine etc etc etc. - HOWEVER a totally different view could be that he's singing about someone that is a cutter but is too scared to commit suicide. Hence the word "again". Doubt could be a good thing in this song. Doubt (in Faith) shows that perhaps he has doubts about going through with it. Anyway, my point is that too many people take lyrics literally. That this song is something more than a cliche' "Lifetime Movie of the Week" in which an angry boyfriend punches his girlfriend. A giveaway that it's a metaphor is he murders this person again and again..
    david15910on May 06, 2015   Link

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