"Pornography" as written by Robert James Smith, Laurence Andrew Tolhurst and Simon Gallup....
A hand in my mouth
A life spills into the flowers
We all look so perfect
As we all fall down
In an electric glare
The old man cracks with age
She found his last picture
In the ashes of the fire
An image of the queen
Echoes round the sweating bed
Sour yellow sounds inside my head

In books
And films
And in life
And in heaven
The sound of slaughter
As your body turns
But it's too late
But it's too late
One more day like today and I'll kill you
A desire for flesh

And real blood
I'll watch you drown in the shower
Pushing my life through your open eyes
I must fight this sickness
Find a cure
I must fight this sickness


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

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  • +4
    General CommentAccording to Robert Smith:

    "The last song, and in fact the last song I wrote for a while, is fuelled by the same self-mockery, self-hate, that burned in 100 Years, but it is, if only very slightly, a little more hopeful than the others... I am escaping (I escaped) by blaming someone else. A murder or suicide? "I must fight this sickness...""
    monster36604on December 05, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General Commentone of the reversed television samples is actually one of the anchormen of the BBC saying goodnight to the viewers. Quite symbolical.

    And it is a fact Robert used a lot of drugs.
    plastic_zakon August 06, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthings make look just right , just "perfect" but they arent. infact he is so old that he is actually on the death bed. Not in a hospital or actual bed but instead in his mind, things are winding down. and even those close to him he wishes to harm. he is sick. and cruel and ugly thoughts of destruction cross his mind. though he does realize that he wants to find a cure to the sickness.
    nevereaston October 15, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentbelieve it or not, it is a suicide note Robert wrote..."One more day like today and I'll kill you...I'll watch you drown in the shower"...it involve the thoughts going through an extremely depressed person...i love how in the beginning of the song where there is all the commontion in the background...shows how a person has millions of thoughts racing through their head and they cannot make any sense of them...they cannot make any sense of LIFE...song still blows my mind everytime i listen to it.
    pfsalon January 14, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI read somwhere that the whole Pornography record was written under drug influence...
    curedollon February 21, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentPornography as a whole is almost oppresively and overwhelmingly depressing. I like depressing music and have listented to them all, and Pornography is the bleakest. There is not a hint of hope or pleasure in this song, nor the album as a whole. And I love it.
    vincent h.on June 07, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMaybe it is about a violent realtionship. I can understand the suicide thing, but I'm pretty certain the "one more day..." bit isn't written in the 3rd person.

    "She found his last picture
    In the ashes of the fire"

    Maybe a woman approaches her violent lover with Pornographic material that belongs to him, and he loses control and starts beating and even raping the woman.

    "Pushing my life through your open eyes"

    Then afterwards the man regrets it, but knows that it will happen again.

    "I must fight this sickness
    Find a cure
    I must fight this sickness"

    Then maybe he kills her.
    That's just my theory.
    Very bleak whatever it's about.
    riverofletheon January 08, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song goes with the themes of "Siamese Twins" and "The Figurehead". I believe those songs are about someone losing his virginity to a prostitute, and hating himself for it, and feeling that there is no point in pursuing love ever again. In this song, he is reflecting on the event, but now his sadness has been replaced with anger. He is equating all love with porn, saying that is is dirty and that no one should be in love, because it doesn't really exist. The lines "The old man cracks with age / She found his last picture / In the ashes of the fire" is him referring to his own death. The previous two songs are about his suicide, so he is reaffirming that love caused him to do this. He refers to himself as old not because he's old literally, but to show that the pursuit of love has made him old cause of how trying it was. He talks about killing this woman because he is so angry that she caused him to die. "The lines "a desire for flesh and real blood" show that for him his desire to have sex with her and his desire to kill her are one in the same. The last lines are actually kind of hopeful, in my opinion. He is saying that his desire to kill her is wrong, which seems to portray the entire album in a precautionary light to people who might feel the same way. It is saying that all the feelings on this album are symptoms of a sickness, and that he wants to fix his life, which may explain why the cure started making happier song after this album.
    ams77on October 02, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is... the saddest and darkest song ever written. There are other dark songs, of course, but I find something unfathomable hopeless in this that I can't find anywhere else. I simply love it. The best The Cure song ever - in my humble opinion.
    Kuroion December 24, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnother open song, the "one more day..." lyric can be interpreted in two ways, either as he's so depressed he even wants to kill his loved one or as the suicide note version, talking about himself in the third person.

    The live version of this on the second disc of the deluxe edition blows the album version away. Robert sings it so violently it's brilliant :D
    hothothot!on April 05, 2006   Link

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