"Why Can't I Be You?" as written by Robert James Smith, Simon Gallup, Porl Thompson, Laurence Andrew Tolhurst and Boris Williams....
You're so gorgeous I'll do anything
I'll kiss you from your feet to where your head begins
You're so perfect you're so right as rain
You make me
Make me, make me, make me hungry again

Everything you do is irresistible
Everything you do is simply kissable
Why can't I be you?

I'll run around in circles 'til I run out of breath
I'll eat you all up
Or I'll just hug you to death
You're so wonderful
Too good to be true
You make me, make me, make me, make me hungry for you

Everything you do is simply delicate
Everything you do is quite angelicate
Why can't I be you?
Why can't I be you?

You turn my head when you turn around
You turn the whole world upside down
I'm smitten I'm bitten I'm hooked I'm cooked
I'm stuck like glue
You make me, make me, make me, make me hungry for you

Everything you do is simply dreamy
Everything you do is quite delicious
So why can't I be you?
Why can't I be you?
Why can't I be you?

Why
Why can't I be you?
Why can't I be you?
Why can't I be you?
Why can't I be you?
You're simply elegant


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"Why Can't I Be You?" as written by Simon Gallup Robert James Smith

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  • +3
    General CommentNo-one has mentioned "I'll kiss you from your feet to where your head begins"... this song isn't about love, its about lust. He doesn't care about her face ie her personality, or what she is. He just cares about her body. "Make me hungry again" alludes to this lust.

    "Why cant I be you?"
    He is not as desirable as she is...seems to think he is inadequete, and has to "run around in circles" to get her attention. He wants to be her so that she will lust after him as much and he can have her
    Ben_D618on August 06, 2007   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThis was at least the inspiration for the song.
    Robert Smith: A fan said to me, "I wish I could be you." In the song I turned that around.
    selky23on November 25, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthis is a simple beautiful. one of the cute cure songs..i can't believe no one has commented on it yet.
    better halfon July 13, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentRobert has given several explanaitions of this song...all different:

    "Me bemoaning my inelegance? Or being jealous of someone else's poise?"

    and

    "The song came from a question asked by a fan. Even if I understood the sense of his question, I tried to explain to him that it was impossible. There are so many reasons why you can't be someone else. I personally think that we all have more or less the same life : we're born, we live and die. This idea of being someone else can create a terrible feeling of alienation."

    and

    "In summer 1985 I took a short trip to Lima, Peru for my first (and so far only) visit with Aurora, my adopted/sponsored child - 'Why Can't I Be You' was written on the last evening of my visit, as a sort of 'keepsake'..."

    catchy song...love the video
    monster36604on January 17, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI could listen to this song over and over again... and I do. ;-)
    bandit8463on August 03, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHA! So do I. I love it, I loe, it, I love it I do.
    This proclamation of Lovlyness for this person, how great they are and then the oh so lovely unpredicatable
    Why can't I be you?
    :D I love!
    Victory Marchon August 16, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit's simply elegant.
    RebelPancakeon March 05, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdude, the synthesizers are the greatest in this song...it's so 80's/new wave...I love it
    DaMajishaNon June 19, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsuch a pristine, beautiful, "elegant" song (not trying to copy rebelpancake) of admiration and respect, the realization that itsmore than infatuation
    regardemylasheskgmon May 07, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe video is a classic too... with extremely funny dancing from the band, and i do believe there was a guy dressed as a chicken... ok i can't remember that for sure but i think it did. it's a very dancey song, with it's insane trumpets, very fast moving.
    forever delayedon May 13, 2004   Link

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