"Shake Dog Shake" as written by and Robert James Smith....
Ha ha ha
Wake up in the dark
The after-taste of anger in the back of my mouth
Spit it on the wall
And cough some more
And scrape my skin with razor blades

And make up in the new blood
And try to look so good
Follow me
Make up in the new blood
And follow me to where the real fun is
Ha ha ha

As stale and selfish as a sick dog
Spurning sex like an animal of god
I'll tear your red hair by the roots
And hold you blazing
Hold you cherished in the dead electric light

Your face
I'll never see you this way again
I captured it so perfectly
As if I knew you'd disappear away

Shake shake shake shake
Shake shake shake shake
Shake dog shake
Shake shake shake shake
Shake shake shake shake
Shake dog shake

You hit me again
You howl and hit me again
The same sharp pain
Wakes me in the dark
And cuts me from my throat to my pounding heart
My heart
My shaking heart
My howl my shake dog

Oh shake dog shake
Shake shake
Shake dog shake

But we slept all night in the virgin's bed
And dreamed of death
And breathed like sick dogs
We slept all night in the virgin's bed
And breathed like death
And dreamed of sick dogs

Shake shake
Shake dog shake

Wake up wake up wake up
Shake dog shake
Wake up wake up wake up
Shake dog shake
Wake up in the new blood
Make up in the new blood
Shake up in the new blood
And follow me to where the real fun is
Shake dog shake


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"Shake Dog Shake" as written by Robert James Smith

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  • +1
    General CommentThis song reminds me of the opening to Joy Division's CLOSER -- "Atrocity Exhibition" "this is the way, step inside..." -- Robert is inviting us into the madcap world that is THE TOP. While Joy Division's album is one darkly affected by Ian's imminent suicide -- complete desolation and deformation create the macabre circus we are being welcomed into, on THE TOP the circus is seen through the kalaidescope vision of an artist on drugs. At a dark moment, after having been drenched in pharmaceuticals for days, the artist is revealing his visions -- THE TOP has so many colours and is so brutally honest, it doens't sugar coat -- it is the vision of an artist at a moment in his life.
    davidbeauyon August 29, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"Me hating myself...but a fab open guitar tuning..." - (Cure News 10 - December 1990)
    nic-ckon September 11, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentmore self loathing...great song...even better live!
    monster36604on December 08, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAh! Wonderful self loathing. Loathing of giving yourself to others.
    Arieson December 18, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentperfect
    Cure.on February 14, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentonly 5 comments does not give this song justice. Why do people only seem te recognize lullaby and pictures of you and stuff like that? This song deserves more attention
    Ruton May 24, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNarrative prose about a fictional AND true occurrence. Part inside-voice and part recollection of events; emotionally representative and pure, like the instincts of a wild animal under domestic intention. Rad.
    iomusikon May 02, 2017   Link
  • -1
    General Commentbeautifully twisted and sick.

    the way he says "wake up" sound so despairing. It feels like getting up too early and it's dark, and everybody else is still asleep but it's so easy to pretend that they're all dead.

    Robert Smith is god
    charlieSometimeson December 04, 2006   Link
  • -1
    General CommentHe certainly is....
    Bananafishboneson January 28, 2007   Link
  • -1
    General Commentcan someone tell me, the top, the sounds on it...are they all similiar to The Caterpillar, that being the only song i've heard from the particular album...i keep saving up money for The Top and spending it on other cure albums at the last minute for some reason...next time
    robot in disguiseon July 08, 2007   Link

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