"A Night Like This" as written by and Robert James Smith....
Say goodbye on a night like this
If it's the last thing we ever do
You never looked as lost as this
Sometimes it doesn't even look like you
It goes dark
It goes darker still
Please stay
But I watch you like I'm made of stone
As you walk away

I'm coming to find you if it takes me all night
A witch hunt for another girl
For always and ever is always for you
Your trust
The most gorgeously stupid thing I ever cut in the world

Say hello on a day like today
Say it every time you move
The way that you look at me now
Makes me wish I was you
It goes deep
It goes deeper still
This touch
And the smile and the shake of your head

I'm coming to find you if it takes me all night
Can't stand here like this anymore
For always and ever is always for you
I want it to be perfect
Like before
I want to change it all

I want to change


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"A Night Like This" as written by Robert James Smith

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  • +2
    General Commenthmm why hasnt anyone written about this song? This is such a beautiful song, its about wanting someone who used to want you too.......... someone who's trust you've betrayed, but youd do anything to get them back with you, kind of similar feelings to boys dont cry i guess
    fleaaaaaaon June 14, 2002   Link
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    My InterpretationI think the song (in my personal opinion) is about trying to correct someone who you love (not necesary a girlfriend or boyfriend), because you know s/he has done bad things and that those actions will end your relationship with this person, when he says:

    "I'm coming to find you if It takes me all night" he or she means that s/he will find a way to 'recover' or at least try to make the other person understands that what s/he is doing its totally wrong and bad.

    I also think that when he says "The way you look at me,makes me wish I was you", it means that the person who is doing bad things somehow is suffering and that means you or the 'good' person wishes s/he was the one in pain.

    The lines "It goes dark, it goes darker still" & "It goes deep, it goes deeper still" for me means the sadness and depression the 'good' person is feeling or going throught.

    The end its about how s/he wants it to be "perfect" like it used to be time ago.

    I can't actually figure out the part when Smith says "And the smile and the shake of your head" maybe the insanity or the evil living in the other person.

    "You never looked as lost as this
    Sometimes it doesn't even look like you" means the way the 'bad' person changed and also the way s/he hides the evil feelings, that proves s/he used to be good time ago.

    "Your trust
    The most gorgeously stupid thing I ever cut in the world" means that the love and trust each other had was maybe weird but still they protected/loved each other.

    This is just my personal opinion about the song, since I listened to PMM that appears on Ginger Snaps soundtrack I also related it with both Brigitte and Ginger, the way Brigitte wanted to changer her sister when she turned 'evil', I'm not saying the song is inspired in the movie, but that was the easiest example I could find to show my interpertartion.
    Orlockon January 10, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMy favorite Cure song, and one of my favorite songs of all time in general. A beautiful expression of the transition between the denial of a loss and the moment where you realize it's final.
    molofanon May 24, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOf course this song is one of the greatest by The Cure. But don't forget to listen to the version on "The Cure in Orange", which is even better than the studio album, with a fabulous guitar solo instead of the sax part.

    If you're lucky enough to possess the "Catch" 12" single from 1987, this live version is also on its B-side (and with a clearer mix than "Orange" !).
    JYFon June 13, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is a great song and professional murder music did a kick ass cover of this song
    CastInDoubton July 30, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgoddamn what an asshole.

    annnnyway. this song. one of my favorites.
    im not sure what this song was written about. but it always reminds me of that conversation that ends most relationships. the 'do you still want to be with me' one.
    needafixon April 12, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyes, fleaa(...)a, but i think he got her back 'cant stand like this anymore' 'i want it to be perfect. like before' And 'i want to change' because he did shit before and he dont want to do it again :P
    Kinu_Deetzon September 20, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentEvery time something that seems overly dramatic happens to me, this song is playing somewhere, either in my head, or winamp, or what have you. Not that I'm obsessed with this song, but it's like the black cat, it's just always there. About the meaning, typical Cure fair. Just enjoy it and shut up
    corpseboyon October 08, 2004   Link
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    General Commentawwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww
    good song i think its about a guy who thinks about the past a lot and misses the girl so much and adores her in every way! (btw, legg0mahmeggO u posted on my bday!)
    sadsong_lover13on February 11, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think that of the tree versions of this song (Thins one, PMM's, and Smashing Pumkins), this one is the happiest.... this is definately the one where he gets her back. That's not the case with the other two.
    Navajolandon February 20, 2005   Link

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