"Piggy in the Mirror" as written by Robert James Smith and Laurence Andrew Tolhurst....
Shapes in the drink like christ
Cracks in the pale blue wall
I'm walking slowly and quickly but
Always away
Twisting twisting to the floor
Flowers in your mouth and the same dry
Song the routine from laughter land
16 white legs and a row of teeth
I watch you in secrecy

Your dying for the hope is gone
From here we go nowhere again
I'm trapped in my face and i'm changing
Too much
I can't climb out the way i fell in

Jump with me
For that old forgotten dance
The midnight sun will burn you up
Your life is cold
Your life is hot
Your life's too much for words

These occasions are such a relief
Another point another view to send
We start to talk
And it's all so safe
I feed you in my dreams

Footsteps on a wire
High above my head
The stain reveals my real intention
I'm the waiting beast
I'm the twisted nerve
As i dance dance
Back to the body in my bed

Look at the piggy
Piggy in the mirror


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"Piggy in the Mirror" as written by Robert James Smith Laurence Andrew Tolhurst

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    General CommentOh my lord
    this song has obvious links to the book 'the lord o'f the flies'

    'piggy' is one of the main characters who is smarter and more mature than all the other kids on the island, but he is pushed aside and ignored because he's kinda fat and not physically attractive.

    so the mirror could be a way to potray how piggy looks is holding him back.

    "Sixteen white legs and a row of teeth
    They watch you in secrecy"
    >>> in the book they mention the beast hiding, always watching the children and they're always afraid of him, it also mentions its teeth.

    "I'm trapped in my face and I'm changing
    Too much"
    >>> proving again that piggy's appearance is trapping him

    "The stain reveals my real intention
    I'm the waiting beast
    I'm the twisted nerve"
    >>> in the story a boy named simon realizes that there is no real beast on the island to be afraid of, and that the beast lived inside of him, and all the other children, because of the bad that he himself (and humans in general) could do... he realizes this when most of the other boys are out hunting and killing chanting 'hunt the pig, slit its throat, spill the blood', or something along those lines

    its an interesting book to read about human nature.

    this might not be their intention at all in the song. but it makes perfect sense if you know the themes in the story well.
    stayunstillon February 28, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwow alot of self loathing on the top....
    King of Some Islandon March 13, 2007   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningOne of my favourite songs. Having done what I done in my life the phrase,"can't climb out the way I fell in" means everything to me. This song saved my life. Thank you again Robert.
    AndrewSpruiton April 25, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwell from the phrase "piggy in the mirror" i'm just guessing this song is about robert not liking his image or himself in general. this is in my top 5 favorite cure songs
    Wowrobertsmithon January 22, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThere may be references to Lord of the Flies, but he may just be using them to connect to another meaning.
    samwaltonon August 09, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"Me hating myself again - references I recognise to the Nic Roey film "Bad Timing" which Severin and I watched one night in slow motion...too many drugs...blah blah blah" - robert smith (Cure News 10 - December 1990)
    nic-ckon September 11, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI read that same interview, nic-ck. this song is really cool live.
    monster36604on December 05, 2008   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationReminds me of Sartre's novel "Nausea", one of the general themes is the unfamiliarity and hostility of one's own self. That's what this song reminds me of, and I'm sure Robert read the novel and identified with it.
    Particularly this line from the book: "I tear myself from the window and stumble across the room; I glue myself against the looking glass. I stare at myself, I disgust myself: one more eternity. Finally, I flee from my image and fall on the bed. I watch the ceiling, I'd like to sleep."
    Sounds like Piggy in the Mirror!
    BirdmadBoyon March 04, 2010   Link
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    Song MeaningActually, I was reading Ten Imaginary Years, about the first ten years of the Cure, and Robert Smith says what it is really about. He wrote this song to mock his past self in the Faith and Pornography years.
    clammon March 05, 2016   Link
  • -1
    General CommentIMO I feel like this song is about a 1st date or blind date. The last part of the song is about the persons real attention. Which is trying to get laid... Im sure I'm completely off
    Dozzer18on December 02, 2015   Link

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