"The Blood" as written by and Robert James Smith....
Tell me who doesn't love
What can never come back
You can never forget how it used to feel
The illusion is deep
Its as deep as the night
I can tell by your tears you remember it all
I am paralyzed by the blood of Christ
Though it clouds my eyes
I can never stop

How it feels to be dry
Walking bare in the sun
Every mirage I see is a mirage of you
As I cool in the twilight
Taste the salt on my skin
I recall all the tears
All the broken words

I am paralyzed by the blood of Christ
Though it clouds my eyes
I can never stop

When the sunsets glow drifts away from you
You'll no longer know
If any of this was really true at all


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"The Blood" as written by Robert James Smith

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    General CommentAccording to Smith:

    "I'm paralysed by the blood of Christ….. That was poetic licence, 'cos I changed it from 'The Tears Of Christ', which is a drink…… It's a very cheap Portuguese wine, it's a very heavy drink that all the workers drink... it's about 12p a bottle. I was given a bottle of it and I drank it, and I noticed the label, which is the Virgin Mary with Baby Jesus under one arm and a bottle in the other hand. It was completely brilliant... this is drunk by hundreds of thousands of people, and it's a pretty visionary drink, really! I was convinced I was Portuguese, I just sank into this reverie of being a Portuguese flamenco guitarist..."

    "The Blood" was what he wrote while being drunk on the stuff.
    This song is AWESOME!
    monster36604on December 08, 2008   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationThis might be a good example of why artists shouldn’t answer questions about what a song, or line, is about. They often explain the inspiration for the song, but rarely ramble on about what the song means. Sure, “the blood of Christ” line was inspired by a drink called “The Tears of Christ”. This doesn’t necessarily mean that the lyrics are just the random, meaningless thoughts of Robert Smith when he was drunk. It belittles the lyrics to claim that.

    I can’t fit everything together, but there is a lot of interesting stuff here. Obviously, the chorus can be taken in a religious sense. A Christian realizes that he has been blinded by his own religion, but knows that he can’t give it up. On the same note, the verse including “walking bear in the sun” seems reminiscent of Christ spending forty days and nights in the desert and being tempted by Satan.

    Can you really attribute the first verse to simply drinking wine? It is really great stuff. This verse could be about how we look at distant relationships through rose-colored glasses. Like how a child of divorced parents will “hate” the custodial parent, but think that the distant parent is great, even though they never see them. In this case, there was apparently a break-up, but he still has the illusion that everything was great. He is blinded to the truth but can’t help it. However he later “recalls all the tears” and “broken words”. This brings into question the narrator’s very concept of reality: “You'll no longer know
    if any of this was really true at all...”

    These are just my ideas. Songs like this are great because they are so open to personal interpretation by the listener. I wish there was more of that on this website.
    clovuson February 12, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIn the 1st pt. He's talking bt the monsters or vamps. Accounting 4 their mod times popularity..wht cn nvr cm bk..nvr forgt how it feels.alluding to a deep connection we ..most..some..many..have with a previous existnce..now almst an illusion..the illuson is deep as the night..the monstr.... vamp heritage ..he calls us to remembr/feel frm deep within..your pain shows you have this awareness in your core ..but not all do ..
    He shifts gears..to show factual contrst..& put us in now times/existance..paralized by blood of christ..this light -1 time sacrifice of at onement and enlightening..brings all entities into one common experience..but though it..the christ light..clouds his eyes..he..still remembers.. I can never stop remembring..or..feeling the pain..to be dry salt bare in the sun...these are aspects of NOW..cotrasted angst ..THEN...finally he connects the now existance..by speculating when sunset glow...the light ...fades...this too ..will become a distant memory as well...like the other existance has..many have expressed this deep connect with an earlier..darker existnce...song..NO MORE I LOVE YOU'S ..totally abt it...the pain..of the awareness love/light brings to the uniluminated soul...eyes without a face..
    brian11678on September 13, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti dont know where i heard this but apparently rob tried some win which was called the blood of christ, and he wrote this about it, hehe, how about that then?
    fleaaaaaaon June 06, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment*wine* sorry about the typo
    fleaaaaaaon June 06, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI got two things out of this..
    1. He is talking about the life of possibly "a demon" because demons are paralyzed by the Blood of Christ.
    2. He got drunk (paralyzed) by some sort of wine like fleaaaaa says in the above post.

    GREAT song...love it.
    vauxhallvillianon August 19, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti take it to mean about aguy, not specifically robert, who is turning to the bottle after some sort of relationship ugliness.

    idunno, something like that.

    ps. LOVE the Cure, robert smith is the shit.
    sydbourneon March 17, 2007   Link
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    General Commentrobert has said that this song definately is about some exotic drink he tried, as heavy as absinthe, which had a picture of christ bleeding on the bottle...

    sometimes i think theres no need to ever listen to any other band but the cure, they encompass every emotion and need i ever feel
    robot in disguiseon July 07, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit's about wine Robert had called The Blood Of Christ. i'm debating on if he got drunk or not... since he was "paralyzed" by it...
    __ohmelancholyon January 17, 2008   Link
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    General CommentYes, sometimes I think the Cure is all I'll ever need to listen to ever again. I've been cured, pun intented :)
    PlaysPrettyforMeon August 04, 2008   Link

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