"Lullaby" as written by Howard M. Jackson and Johannes Brahms....
On candy stripe legs the Spiderman comes
Softly through the shadow of the evening sun
Stealing past the windows of the blissfully dead
Looking for the victim shivering in bed
Searching out fear in the gathering gloom and
Suddenly!
A movement in the corner of the room!
And there is nothing I can do
When I realize with fright
That the Spiderman is having me for dinner tonight!

Quietly he laughs and shaking his head
Creeps closer now
Closer to the foot of the bed
And softer than shadow and quicker than flies
His arms are all around me and his tongue in my eyes
"Be still be calm be quiet now my precious boy
Don't struggle like that or I will only love you more
For it's much too late to get away or turn on the light
The Spiderman is having you for dinner tonight"

And I feel like I'm being eaten
By a thousand million shivering furry holes
And I know that in the morning I will wake up
In the shivering cold

And the Spiderman is always hungry


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"Lullaby" as written by Howard M. Jackson, Johannes Brahms

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  • +7
    General CommentRobert Smith has often said that many of his songs (including most songs on the album The Head on the Door) were inspired by nightmares.

    This discussion about "Lullaby" is found here: grammy.com/news/…

    Meanwhile, devotees of the Cure continue to debate the source of the song's subject matter, which feels like a hallucinogenic take on Mary Howitt's early 19th century poem, "The Spider And The Fly" (an inspiration Smith makes explicit when he whispers something reminiscent of the poem's opening line near the end of the song).

    While Smith most often attributes "Lullaby" to childhood nightmares, fans have speculated that it's actually a metaphor for everything from depression to addiction and abuse. The latter interpretation was further fueled by a portion of an MTV interview where Smith talks about the song. "One particular night, my uncle burst through the window, and he did unspeakable things," said Smith, before adding with a laugh, "He didn't really."

    Pope [the director of the music video] is quick to point out that his friend and collaborator's knack for imaginative storytelling often spills over into real life. "He's one of the hugest liars, but in a lovely cuddly sort of way," he says. "He frames his story however he wants to. So maybe that's one of his, shall we say, slightly made-up stories."
    jefusanon July 06, 2012   Link
  • +4
    General Commentrobert wrote this about a recurring nightmare he would have as a child.
    needafixon April 09, 2004   Link
  • +3
    General Commentto me this song is about spider-man and him trying to get rid of the symbiote that eventually becomes venom. if you're a nerd like me you'll get it.
    cdauch36on October 15, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti love this song, so creepy and haunting, but still beautiful.
    StellarColieon May 15, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think it's about Robert Smith's creepy dining experience with Peter Parker's alter-ego.
    MonkeySpineon November 19, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General Commentdude you guys are funny. if the person who wrote/performed the song says it's about a nightmare he had, why can't you accept that it IS about a nightmare he had? no, he didn't base it on that poem, though they are similar. you can find the video on Yahoo Launch. launch.yahoo.com (you'll need to be a member of yahoo to view more than 1 or 2 videos).
    misskittyon December 05, 2004   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationI see this as a representation of the Gothic movement of American Romanticism. When I watched the music video I saw a lot of the overarching themes from the movement. It's pretty cool actually. For instance, the part where he is being eaten there is a certain suggestion to sexual feelings with fits with the Gothic idea that there is a certain ecstasy in terror.
    thendon March 27, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentPerhaps "and the spiderman is always hungry.." is speaking of depression.How you can never escape it,no matter what you do you'll always have the emotional scars.
    xxpuritaniaxxon May 17, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI absolutely love the arrangement of this song. It sounds extremely eerie and intense. I definitely recommend listening to it :0)
    ChaosFluro24on July 03, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is about drug addiction to me. "On candystripe legs the spiderman comes.." When spinning around the lines of a candystripe give off an almost hypnotic effect, and the "spiderman" could be the manfeisation of his drug addiction. "Softly through the shadow of the evening sun
    Stealing past the windows of the blissfully dead
    Looking for the victim shivering in bed..." Boredom or lack of sleep usually leads to an intenise urge to take something. "And I feel like I'm being eaten
    By a thousand million shivering furry holes..." He obivously gave into his addiction and maybe the shirving furry holes can be the feeling of his heroin injections...? "And the spiderman is always hungry..." He's always going to need a fix.
    Ninkuon August 05, 2002   Link

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