"Charlotte Sometimes" as written by Robert James Smith, Laurence Andrew Tolhurst and Simon Gallup....
All the faces
All the voices blur
Change to one face
Change to one voice
Prepare yourself for bed
The light seems bright
And glares on white walls
All the sounds of
Charlotte sometimes
Into the night with
Charlotte sometimes

Night after night she lay alone in bed
Her eyes so open to the dark
The streets all looked so strange
They seemed so far away
But Charlotte did not cry

The people seemed so close
Playing expressionless games
The people seemed so close
So many other names

Sometimes I'm dreaming
Where all the other people dance
Sometimes I'm dreaming
Charlotte sometimes
Sometimes I'm dreaming
Expressionless the trance
Sometimes I'm dreaming
So many different names
Sometimes I'm dreaming
The sounds all stay the same
Sometimes I'm dreaming
She hopes to open shadowed eyes
On a different world
Come to me scared princess
Charlotte sometimes

On that bleak track
(see the sun is gone again)
The tears were pouring down her face
She was crying and crying for a girl
Who died so many years before

Sometimes I dream
Where all the other people dance
Sometimes I dream
Charlotte sometimes
Sometimes I dream
The sounds all stay the same
Sometimes I'm dreaming
There are so many different names
Sometimes I dream
Sometimes I dream

Charlotte sometimes crying for herself
Charlotte sometimes dreams a wall around herself
But it's always with love
With so much love it looks like
Everything else
Of Charlotte sometimes
So far away
Glass sealed and pretty
Charlotte sometimes


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"Charlotte Sometimes" as written by Robert James Smith Laurence Andrew Tolhurst

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  • +8
    General CommentIt's based on the book "Charlotte Sometimes" by Penelope Farmer, the songs makes a lot more sense if you've read it. In the book, a girl goes to a boarding school, and every other day, when she wakes up, she's many years before, in the body of a different girl, who switches places with her, which is why she's crying for a girl who died so many years before.
    Chloe le Fayon July 11, 2002   Link
  • +3
    General Commentthis is one of my favorite cure songs. the live version on "paris" is better than the original. everyone needs to respect robert smith.
    ltjpezgirlon April 14, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI'm guessin' it's about a girl called Charlotte who is all depressed, like :' Night after night she lay alone in bed
    Her eyes so open to the dark ' and she cries over the girl who she used to be and mourns her old self: 'She was crying and crying for a girl
    Who died so many years before... ' but had not literally died.

    I'm not sure tho. But I like it anyway.
    Charlotte-Molkoon July 07, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song always tends to remind myself of me in parts. 'Charlotte sometimes crying for herself
    Charlotte sometimes dreams a wall around herself
    But it's always with love '
    seems like me in my *not doing so good* moods. and the part where it says 'crying for a girl who died so many years ago.' it reminds me of my childhood and when i was so happy, but ive grown and changed so much now so that i'll never have it again.
    TinyBlackRoseon April 09, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThank you Chloe le Fay, I knew it was based on a story, but I wasn't sure which. So;
    is the song about how it's pointless to lament for the tragedies of others? Is it better to leave others to suffer their own tragedies alone, do our tears do anything for them? Reading the lyrics again, especially with the "wall around herself" in mind, I think that the song is saying we all have to share in someone's tragedy, otherwise it isolates and hurts us more.
    geradeauson December 12, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentChloe is Correct. This song is written about an incredible book called Charlotte Sometimes By penelope farmer, An amazing book and incredible song Bradleyb are you a complete fuckwit or what?!

    Some of the lyrics are direct quotes from the book such as, "The light is bright and glares on white walls"
    Hetfieldon January 28, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHetfield, no need to be rude.

    Robert often uses literature and film as a BASIS for a song. Would you say that the song "Burn" is about a guy who dies, but comes back to life as a character called "The Crow" to avenge his death? No, certainly not. The movie is just an inspiration for the song. Charlotte Sometimes is the same way.
    Yes, this song is inspired by the book Charlotte Sometimes by Penelope Farmer. But there's MUCH MORE going on in the lyrics than just a re-hashed synopsis of the book -- which I too have read.

    It is one thing to disagree with someone's interpretation, but it's another to name-call. Especially when you haven't even heard the other person's side of the story.

    And to answer your question: No, I am not a complete fuckwit. Maybe a half fuckwit, but certainly not a complete one.
    bradleybon February 18, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI read the book "Charlotte Sometimes" before the band had even formed! I was only a child at the time. Many years later I started to get into the band and was pleasantly surprised to discover the song. Chloe is correct - some days, when Charlotte wakes up she is Claire and it's 100 years earlier - great story.
    charlotte_sometimeson September 13, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt is the book and a synopsis of it.
    In a very haunting way.
    Absolute gold by the cure
    Bradleypandoon January 24, 2017   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGothic in it's full glory... amazing.
    MDMasteron June 10, 2002   Link

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