"Lament" as written by and Robert James Smith....
Today there was a tragedy
Underneath the bridge
A man walked
Cold and blue
Into La Ment
The sky coloured perfect
As the man slipped away
Waving with a last vanilla smile...

Somewhere at a table
Two drowned fools
Drinking water as they talked
Of how they loved our lady
And oh! the smell as candles die...

One more ice cream river body
Flowed underneath the bridge
Underneath the bridge

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"La Ment" as written by Murray David John Macleod Jordan Lee Smith

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    General CommentThis is a memory Robert had as a boy as he watched a body pulled from the river.
    Bayoustormon December 10, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis is about a scene from Robert's youth as he and friends watched a body being pulled from the river.
    Bayoustormon December 10, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis is one of my favorit Cure songs. So sad, concise.

    In Join the Dots, RS talks about recording the first (Flexipop) version, shortly after the band had come to blows and pasrted ways in the midst of the Pornography tour:

    "Convinced that they would never play again, Robert disappeared to the Lake District leaving no forwarding address.

    On his return, several weeks later, Flexipop magazine asked The Cure to write a track for its cover-mounted flexi-disk, and Robert was faced with the dilemma of of either doing it himslef or admitting publicly that the band was no more.

    Prudently, he chose option number one and put together a song called Lament, using his trusty old Top 20 guitar. Although credited to The Cure, the contributors are in fact Robert Smith and Steve Severin. To the best of Smith's recollection, "I wrote the guitar and bass parts, then we booked the Garden Studio, London. I phoned Severin up and said, 'Get some stuff, we're going to record a song.' I went along with my Top 20, a bass, a drum machine and two wooden flutes. Severin was nominally the producer, but but actually spent most of the session gripping the edge of the mixing desk and laughing as I staggered in and out of the control room asking, "What was that like?"The volume of the high-hat in the mix, the wild 'fish-panning' and the dubious coherence of the vocals are a bit of a give-away as to our states of mind...."

    RS goes to describe the re-worked Lament as his favorite track from the Steve Nye-produced The Walk / Japanese Whispers EP. (BTW, I've always suspected that the title Japanese Whispers a ref to the Davis Sylvian's band Japan--can anyone confirm/deny?)
    mrpinkeyeon May 11, 2007   Link
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    General CommentRobert did watch a man get pulled from the river when he was young. The river was actually called La Ment, lending the title to a double meaning.
    rabbithowlon June 27, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI read in a Robert Smith interview that this song was about "not so true stories". Who knows. Love the imagery and sound of this song. I love the entire Japanese Whispers album. I think it's under-rated and over looked.
    monster36604on January 15, 2009   Link

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