"Bananafishbones" as written by and Robert James Smith....
Curl into a ball like you have more fun
That would make it faster
Why do you do it do you act like you?...

Don't fight
Go red and blue and black and white
Sell this sell this
Or leave it senseless like a suck on a gun?
Put a piece of metal in your head you said
Make you dead
Make you hippa hippa hippa hippa

A palace of stones
Of your bananafish bones
I'll buy you a hundred years old
To celebrate our difference
Theorise and talk yourself
Until you're tired and old

Disappear everywhere and watch me
Pull my lips apart
Exploit inspire encourage
Be responsible for this
Ha ha

I don't think
I don't think
I make use of all this time
Oh kill me kiss me once
And then we'll throw it away
And then we'll throw it away

Turn off the lights
And tell me about the games you play


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"Bananafishbones" as written by Robert James Smith

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    General CommentPart of the song stems from A Perfect Day for Bananafish by JD Salinger. Many of his earlier songs are written via inspiration from books. If you read the story, it's about Seymour Glass (The Glass Family), who was nuts - he tries to show a child his "Bananafish" in the water, just before he goes inside and kills himself.
    JadeGoldon January 17, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI was just browsing The Cure's lyrics...and sure enough my eyes wandered to this song title. "Bananafish Bones," makes me think of a short story written by J.D. Salinger called, "A Perfect Day for a Bananafish."

    Somehow it's gotta be related, cos I never heard of a "bananafish" until I read that story. Hmm...
    Surfpicoon October 23, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti agree. i was wondering where i heard bananafish before. i have yet to look that back up to see if there is any connection.
    fireincairoon October 31, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentRobert Smith said that he was going through a dark period in his life when he wrote this song and it scares him because he can't remember what it's about and what "bananfish bones" have to do with the short story, if anything at all.
    Good lyrics, nonetheless.
    Child Of Musicon May 29, 2005   Link
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    General CommentConsidering what absolutely amazing people both Smith and Salinger are, I would definitely say they have some connection. A Perfect Day for Bananafish is a great story and I wouldn't be surprised at all if Smith had based the song on it.
    hippomaidenon January 15, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI haven't read it, what's it about?
    pistaron March 27, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYep you guys are right!
    Smith did base it on "A Perfect Day For Bananafish".

    Here's what he said about "Bananafishbones":

    "The title, for some no-reason, from 'A Perfect Day for Bananafish' - a short story by J.D. Salinger ...
    Again me hating myself ...
    (R. Smith, cure news number 10, December 1990)
    im-a-cult-heroon July 24, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA dark and twisted pop song in the same vein as Lovecats! I love it!
    King of Some Islandon January 18, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHaha. Briliant. XD
    Bananafishboneson January 30, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think that makes 2 salinger references on the top... in the title track smith sings "walking these gorgeous blocks", which I think is paraphrased from Catcher in the Rye.
    teapoton August 31, 2007   Link

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