"Pictures of You" as written by Robert James Smith, Simon Gallup, Roger O'donnell, Porl Thompson, Laurence Andrew Tolhurst and Boris Williams....
I've been looking so long at these pictures of you
That I almost believe that they're real
I've been living so long with my pictures of you
That I almost believe that the pictures are
All I can feel

Remembering
You standing quiet in the rain
As I ran to your heart to be near
And we kissed as the sky fell in
Holding you close
How I always held close in your fear
Remembering
You running soft through the night
You were bigger and brighter and wider than snow
And screamed at the make-believe
Screamed at the sky
And you finally found all your courage
To let it all go

Remembering
You fallen into my arms
Crying for the death of your heart
You were stone white
So delicate
Lost in the cold
You were always so lost in the dark
Remembering
You how you used to be
Slow drowned
You were angels
So much more than everything
Hold for the last time then slip away quietly
Open my eyes
But I never see anything

If only I'd thought of the right words
I could have held on to your heart
If only I'd thought of the right words
I wouldn't be breaking apart
All my pictures of you

Looking so long at these pictures of you
But I never hold on to your heart
Looking so long for the words to be true
But always just breaking apart
My pictures of you

There was nothing in the world
That I ever wanted more
Than to feel you deep in my heart
There was nothing in the world
That I ever wanted more
Than to never feel the breaking apart
All my pictures of you


Lyrics submitted by oofus, edited by Mellow_Harsher

"Pictures of You" as written by Robert James Smith, Simon Gallup, Roger O'donnell, Porl Thompson, Laurence Andrew Tolhurst, Boris Williams

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  • +6
    General Commentdo you remember the first person you feel in love with? really, fell in love with? trusted with everything? do you remember the rush of hormones? the intensity? do you remember how it felt when it ended? the raw pain, the raw ache. you never hurt the same about anyone again. you'll never feel exactly the same about anyone else, again. there are new loves, different loves, but none that compare to your first love. the first cut is always the worst because you haven't learned how to cope and defend yourself from the pain yet.

    that is what this song makes me think of- but in a poetic, elegantly painful kind of way.
    keighleycakeson February 12, 2011   Link
  • +5
    General CommentThis song reminds me so much of a girlfriend I had in high school 9 years ago that I cant get out of my mind. She loved The Cure and I hated them, now I love them because their songs remind me of her and how I should have never treated her like crap. So if you're out there Alissa, I'm sorry, I was young and dumb and I still have these pictures of you.
    eternally_downon December 25, 2004   Link
  • +4
    General Comment"I've been looking so long at these pictures of you, That I almost believe that they're real." I love having pictures, but it is hard not to have anything to go with them.

    This is a song about regret, not being able to find the right words, missing opportunities, asking too much. All he has left are his pictures of her.
    ChaosFluro24on September 12, 2002   Link
  • +3
    General Commentits probably another song in referal to his drowned love??
    ( i place question marks simply as this is a new revelation to me about robert smith .. i dont study him i just happen to have listened to his music for years)

    why this song means so much to me???
    my husband died a few years back now and its kinda scarey in a way to have a song so close to how it feels when i drag out the old album.. i couldn;t ever hold onto his heart as he died the night after we dicussed seperation..
    "remembering you fallen into my arms.. and screamed at the make believe".. he was a big drinker
    "you were stone white so delicate lost in the cold"...and one night just before he died i found him outside in the dark naked and cold and shivering and bruised..
    the night he died i told him not to go .. not to get on his bike.. he didn;t wish to leave either but said he had to but
    "if only i thought of the right words"
    even though he was an alcoholic he was still an amazing person .. just lost..
    slow drowned
    you were angels
    so much more than everything
    hold for the last time then slip away quietly
    he finally found all his courage to let it all go.
    Ratzodyon September 15, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentbigger and brighter and WHITER than snow. thanx.
    get up kidon May 31, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song is one of my favorite cure songs. i can't even begin to explain how amazing robert's words are. he is a genius.
    mtvgetofftheairon March 04, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti think it's about death .. someone died and he misses them. tha'ts how i see it..
    emogreenon April 25, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwhenever i heard this song i would always feel the tears coming up...then what night I was looking at pictures from my graduation class that I missed and I was listening to this song and crying and it fit so perfectly i was laughing also. a beautiful, sad song.
    makes the tears come to my eyes
    skwerlon June 26, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOne thing all Cure fans must do, as hard as it may be, is to disregard everything Robert Smiths says about The Cure. He makes stories up. I'm a huge Cure fan, and i'm not trying to step on anyone's toes... but it's true. Let's all find the meaning together... but most importantly, find the meaning that means something to YOU!
    bradleybon December 18, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentITs has nothing to do with a "drowning", but about his wife, and what he went through during some troubled times between them...a break-up to be exact. The album in which this song appeared in was "Disintegration", and the overall feel of that album was certainly dark, and depressed due to this fact. However, this break up was not what Robert wanted, and at the time of the breakup he reflects on the relationship, and the feeling they both had through it "Remembering You fallen into my arms/Crying for the death of your heart"..this is her losing love for him, and him trying to grasp at how he could have avoided the breakup..my guess is that him being part of a band, and being on the road alot lead to some sort of negligence on his part..."If only I'd thought of the right words/I could have held on to your heart/If only I'd thought of the right words/I wouldn't be breaking apart/All my pictures of you"..this is also reflected in "Love Song" which is on the same album. "There was nothing in the world/That I ever wanted more/Than to feel you deep in my heart/There was nothing in the world/That I ever wanted more/Than to never feel the breaking apart/All my pictures of you"..obviously more "post breakup" feelings of wanting the old flame back.
    carbonboy4200on January 31, 2005   Link

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