"Bird Mad Girl" as written by Robert James Smith and Laurence Andrew Tolhurst....
This girl has got a smile
That can make me cry
This girl just burns with love
She's burning burning deep inside
Night time night time
Sets my house on fire
I'll turn into the melting man
I'll lose my life
To feel I feel desire
Oh I should feel
Like a polar bear...
It's impossible
She flies outside this cage
Singing girl mad words
I keep her dark thoughts deep inside
As black as stone
And mad as birds
Wild wild wild
And never turn away
Sends me all her love
She sends me everything
She sends me everywhere
Oh I could be
A polar bear...
But it's impossible
I try to talk
The sky goes red
I forget
So fill in my head
With some of this
Some of that
Some of every word she says
Oh I should be
A polar bear...
But it's impossible


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"Birdmad Girl" as written by Robert James Smith Laurence Andrew Tolhurst

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  • +2
    General Comment"the polar bear was a symbol (zoo-wise) for me of insensible savagery caged to be stared at. or something like that...? "
    R. Smith, December 1990

    here's the dylan thomas poem thought to have inspired it:

    "Love In The Asylum"

    A stranger has come
    To share my room in the house not right in the head,
    A girl mad as birds

    Bolting the night of the door with her arm her plume.
    Strait in the mazed bed
    She deludes the heaven-proof house with entering clouds


    Yet she deludes with walking the nightmarish room,
    At large as the dead,
    Or rides the imagined oceans of the male wards.


    She has come possessed
    Who admits the delusive light through the bouncing wall,
    Possessed by the skies


    She sleeps in the narrow trough yet she walks the dust
    Yet raves at her will
    On the madhouse boards worn thin by my walking tears.


    And taken by light in her arms at long and dear last
    I may without fail
    Suffer the first vision that set fire to the stars.

    ---

    as for what it means to me, well...

    "I'll turn into the melting man
    I'll lose my life
    To feel I feel desire"

    i've always felt this is saying that his feelings for her make him melt away[implying he's frozen inside] and disappear[leave], because he doesn't feel comfortable with the desire he feels for her

    "Oh I should feel
    Like a polar bear...
    It's impossible"

    and this says he wishes he were a polar bear[something that lives in places FULL of ice, but they don't melt away], so he could feel desire for her without "melting"(or leaving). yet, it's impossible...probably due to the kind of girl she is and he feels inadequate.

    so this song, for me, is loving someone i can't really handle, someone i wish i could be close to, but my desire scares me and i don't think i'm capable of dealing with the idea of pursuing the person, so i melt away...though i wish things were different. i wish i were a polar bear.

    this is one of my favorites.
    delialon May 22, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThe entire Top album is awsome! Extremely underrated and often over looked.
    monster36604on November 25, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think it's about loving someone wild and impulsive -- one of those people who's in love with the world, who appreciates everybody and everything and finds beauty in the simplest of things -- with all of your being. But you know you can't be with them. It's about feeling lonely and isolated without someone.
    Definitely one of my favorite songs.
    mothtoaflameon September 12, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think THE TOP is one of the Cure's most underrated, misunderstood albums. If you truly delve into it with an open mind (and lots of chronic/other hallucinageens help), you will discover that the album has it's moments, exemplified by this song. The Cure were so free then. Robert allowed himself to unravel. He sang us his visions and his dreams. In this song I think Birdmad Girl is a metaphor for drugs -- as in birds fly hiigh ~ a la Birdmad and don't we always refer to drugs with female psudonyms -- Mary Jane, Tina, Kitty...
    davidbeauyon August 29, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHe loves this girl who is impulsive, vibrant, full of life, and mad as birds.

    He's the opposite of her, tedious, restrained, boring. Compared to her, he might as well be a polar bear.

    He would give up everything to feel like she does. He would turn into the melting man.
    PlaysPrettyforMeon August 04, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIts one of Peti's favorite songs.
    So strange and undefineable like the whole top album. Really preoccupied with birds on this album.
    jancsibohocon March 03, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song, and the way he says 'i should be a polar bear, but it's impossible' at the end..

    robert wrote about a story he read in the paper about a young girl in a mental institution.
    xpsychicheartsxon June 02, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is definatey inspired by Love In the Asylum- when he recorded the demo for this song, he just sung the poem because he didn't have any words yet. XD

    This might explain the polar bear bit: "The polar bear was the symbol (zoo-wise) for me of insensible savagery caged to be stared at. Or something like that..." (Cure News 10 - December 1990)
    Bananafishboneson January 28, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentfabulous
    Cure.on April 26, 2007   Link

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