"The Caterpillar" as written by Robert James Smith and Laurence Andrew Tolhurst....
Flicka flicka flicka
Here you are
Cata cata cata
Caterpillar girl
Flowing in
And filling up my hopeless heart
Oh never never go
Dust my lemon lies
With powder pink and sweet
The day I stop
Is the day you change
And fly away from me

You flicker
And you're beautiful
You glow inside my head
You hold me hypnotized
I'm mesmerized
Your flames
The flames that kiss me dead


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"The Caterpillar" as written by Robert James Smith Laurence Andrew Tolhurst

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  • +3
    General CommentAnother of the cure's somewhat abstract lovesongs... I just like the imagery on this one.

    Flowing in
    And filling up my hopeless heart
    Oh never never go
    Dust my lemon lies
    With powder pink and sweet
    The day I stop
    Is the day you change
    And fly away from me


    She enters his life, makes him feel whole.. then something hapens and she flutters away.
    GothicBladeon April 11, 2003   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationI think this is about a manipulative relationship. Caterpillar Girl doesn't realize her 'muchness' - how beautiful she is, ect.

    "Dust my lemon lies with powder pink and sweet." He tells her little things that boost her just enough to put her down again, keeping her down, with him, to keep her from flying away. Through everything, she "dusts everything with powder pink and sweet" in his life -- she's "sweet" to him, does everything for him.

    "The day I stop's the day you change and fly away from me." The day he stops manipulating her, the day she becomes free and realizes who she is, she becomes a butterfly and flies away from him.
    FadedWinter81on October 14, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI know this will really be a stretch for a lot of people, but I'm so curious as to if this could be abut pedophilia. If anyone has ever read the book "Lolita" (my favorite), you may see how it fits. To Humbert, his nymphets, or the young girls he held such a penchant for, had to be a certain age, or look that certain age, for his arousal. The usage of "powder pink and sweet" forces the image, for me, of a little girl, parasols, and tutus and the infatuation with her. As soon as she metamorphoses into that butterfly, or adolescent girl, he lets her go.

    I don't know. Thoughts?
    mimirandmemoryon October 12, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSuch a great song. I still listen to my cassette of this, I need to get it on a CD.
    SailorPon May 02, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthave you seen the video??? SOOOO freaky! Its like really fantastic imagery there are these guys in this chinese dragon costume dancing around all scarily and is set inside a big french type arboretum, and there are big huge tropical plants everywhere, and the entire keyboard of the piano keeps bouncing up and down like the piano is made of play-doh or somethign, and even the guitarist' guitar is bouncing up and down disturbingly. it is a fuckin trip.
    rainydayboyon April 16, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhen I heard this song for the first time I was like can someone actually make this kind of music, but soon I fell in love with it. the video is crazy, I think the bouncing keyboard of the piano is an amazing thing, makes me smile every time I see it!! but I agree with GothicBlade, it's about a girl who just flutters away from a guy.
    juneauon November 27, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is what I marched down the aisle to for my wedding. I thought it was appropriate.
    beehauson December 16, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI like to see this song as a companion to the song "Shake dog shake" on the same album. A "pure" girl that gives you hope to overcome the loathsome beast that is yourself.
    Arieson December 18, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDoes anyone know where I can see the Caterpillar music video? I can't find the Galore dvd anywhere. I love this song it's beautiful.
    -Amanda
    bloodflowers323on January 10, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbloodflowers: there's a few easter eggs on the greatest hits dvd. go the the song selection and highlight the walk and then press down, right, right. Or you could look for staring at the sea: the images. You could probably find all that stuff on their online store.
    BirdsSing_WeSwingon January 25, 2005   Link

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