"Like Cockatoos" as written by Robert James Smith, Simon Gallup, Porl Thompson, Laurence Andrew Tolhurst and Boris Williams....
She walked out of her house
And looked around
At all the gardens that looked
Back at her house
(Like all the faces
That quiz when you smile)
And he was standing
At the corner
Where the road turned dark
A part of shiny wet
Like blood the rain fell
Black down on the street

And kissed his feet she fell
Her head an inch away from heaven
And her face pressed tight
And all around the night sang out
Like cockatoos

"There are a thousand things" he said
"I'll never say those things to you again"
And turning on his heel
He left a trace of bubbles
Bleeding in his stead

And in her head
A picture of a boy who left her
Lonely in the rain
(And all around the night sang out like cockatoos)


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"Like Cockatoos" as written by Laurence Andrew Tolhurst Boris Williams

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    General Commentit's a vicious song. anyone who has heard a cockatoo knows what a hideous screeching noise they make. and a flock of them is agonisingly loud. for a night to sing out like cockatoos would be horrible.
    hank rangoon December 22, 2008   Link
  • +3
    Song MeaningYeah it seems pretty 'to the point' with the lyrics. its funny though cause only Australians or anybody living in Australia would know what a flock of cockatoos sounds like, its pretty distinct. I sought of understand what he means with the cockatoos though, that feeling you get when you've f***ed up real bad, and you feel like many voices from within you are screaming at you, telling you that you shouldn't have done it. Thats pretty similar to a flock of cockatoos.
    Bazzamundieon September 12, 2010   Link
  • +2
    Song Meaning"And kissed his feet she fell
    Her head an inch away from heaven
    And her face pressed tight ." She is on her knees, face at his crotch. She has met with her lover and performs fallatio on him. (Wanting to keep this fairly PG-13, so I won't say anything more 'vulgar' even if it is appropos) Then he basically breaks up with her and leaves. And she is only left with her memories of him with the night shrieking horribly in her ears. The first mention of the night singing out like cockatoos is probably foreshadowing (and it balances out the lyrics, with one in the middle, one at thend, too, so if it wasn't deliberate foreshadowing it worked either way). This is how I always heard the song interpreted. The girl's in love with him, she greets him hungrily, then he dumps her. It is a horribly beautiful concept. Such cruelty and beauty. I love this song, but I tend to weep after hearing it (however, there are many songs by The Cure I wind up weeping to).
    shawn13832on February 17, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAhhh the power of human relationships and the devastating effect some of those that fail can have on us...
    blindfrogon October 18, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song. i dont think there is a lot to it though.. its clearly about some kind of parting in a relationship.. but for me its more about the mood...the imagery... its dream-likeness. i could be wrong. perhaps there are some references and allusions im not sure about....
    Shobinaon May 21, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThe song is self-explanatory so I get the lack of comments on this song. It's really sad though, she doesn't want to let go but I think her happiness is "fake" because what I get out of: "Like all the faces
    That quiz when you smile... " is people don't either believe her happiness or the guys happiness in the relationship. Needless to say he doesn't feel the same way anymore, and well left her there.
    ExplodingGirlon July 10, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think the boy is abusive to the girl, but she still loves him and is sad when he leaves. dark, sad, beautiful song.
    VerbalVeNomon May 04, 2014   Link
  • 0
    My OpinionShe's remembering. He's dead, hence the blood and all the words he can't say anymore. The gardens looking back are about all the good folk adding sympathy
    nmbson January 30, 2017   Link

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