"From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea" as written by Robert James Smith, Simon Gallup, Porl Thompson, Boris Williams and Perry Bamonte....
Every time we do this
I fall for her
Wave after wave after wave
It's all for her
I know this can't be wrong I say
(and I'll lie to keep her happy)
As long as I know that you know
That today I belong
Right here with you
Right here with you...
And so we watch the sun come up
From the edge of the deep green sea
And she listens like her head's on fire
Like she wants to believe in me
So I try
Put your hands in the sky
Surrender
Remember
We'll be here forever
And we'll never say goodbye

I've never been so
Colorfully-see-through-head before
I've never been so
Wonderfully-me-you-want-some-more
And all I want is to keep it like this
You and me alone
A secret kiss
And don't go home
Don't go away
Don't let this end
Please stay
Not just for today

Never never never never never let me go she says
Hold me like this for a hundred thousand million days
But suddenly she slows
And looks down at my breaking face
Why do you cry? what did I say?
But it's just rain I smile
Brushing my tears away

I wish I could just stop
I know another moment will break my heart
Too many tears
Too many times
Too many years I've cried over you

How much more can we use it up?
Drink it dry?
Take this drug?
Looking for something forever gone
But something
We will always want?

Why why why are you letting me go? she says
I feel you pulling back
I feel you changing shape
And just as I'm breaking free
She hangs herself in front of me
Slips her dress like a flag to the floor
And hands in the sky
Surrenders it all

I wish I could just stop
I know another moment will break my heart
Too many tears
Too many times
Too many years I've cried for you
It's always the same
Wake up in the rain
Head in pain
Hung in shame
A different name
Same old game
Love in vain
And miles and miles and miles and miles and miles
Away from home again


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"From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea" as written by Perry Bamonte Boris Williams

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  • +16
    General CommentI have a different interpretation:

    I think this, like many of The Cure's songs, is actually a stinging critique of the futility and emptiness of dating relationships for young people in the Western world. In this song he describes the reality of someone who has been through many relationships, and is now so deeply filled with doubt, that even as he feels love, he anticipates the failure of the relationship, and the empty feeling that he will have at the end of it (and thereby also sabotages that same relationship).

    "her" is actually a generic woman -- he has fallen for so many women, and he keeps falling in love, but it is always ephemeral, always leading to heartbreak. He wants what we all want -- true love, constant companionship, something to fill the hole in his heart. And yet after each failed relationship, he feels farther from his "home" -- where home here refers to the magical place where we feel comfortable, at ease, secure, whole.

    The Cure never go far enough to suggest a better system than the horrific modern-day system of "serial dating" -- which leaves lasting emotional scars, self-doubt, and "complexes," -- and leads to insecure failing marriages. But still they point it out very clearly in their songs, and I think very clearly in this one.
    arthurmerlinon December 18, 2005   Link
  • +7
    General CommentI don'tthink it's that the man doesn't love her anymore..

    I always got a strong sense of love from him for her. But he realizes that this one moment they're sharing staring at the edge of the deep green sea, is nothing more then a moment that will lead to nothing but heartbreak. She seems to be in a bit more in denial about the situation, as she forces or hopes to belive in him....

    he plays along...

    "i lie to keep her happy"
    "like she wants to believe in me.. so i try"

    it's the realization of having to let go of the only thing that makes you feel "colourfully-see-through-head", and although he begs 'please stay, not just for today'...they both know what they're seeking is 'forever gone'
    xpsychicheartsxon January 09, 2005   Link
  • +5
    General CommentI love this song. The lyrics are so poetic, as are so many of the Cure's lyrics. And it describes the anguish of a doomed love affair so well - that longing for fulfillment, the lies that they use to try and persuade themselves it is right ..."We'll be here forever and we'll never say goodbye..." (yeah, I've heard that one before...) but it will all end in heart break because they know they are "Looking for something forever gone..." Love can be wonderful beyond words but "Only love can break your heart," (Neil Young, of course) and nothing hurts quite like heartbreak.
    Mother Mucuson October 19, 2005   Link
  • +4
    General CommentAnyone else find it a bit funny that Rob writes things like this but is with his childhood sweetheart.
    xdvron February 27, 2009   Link
  • +4
    General CommentI've always believed it's about an adulterous affair between two former lovers. Either both or one of them has a spouse, but they still come together because they fill each other's needs and they have history together.

    "I know this can't be wrong" I say
    (And I'll lie to keep her happy)
    "As long as I know that you know
    That today I belong right here with you"

    How much more can we use it up?
    Drink it dry?
    Take this drug?
    Looking for something forever gone
    But something we will always want...

    The edge of the deep green sea is where they go to meet so that they'll be away from anyone that will recognize them.

    A different name
    Same old game
    Love in vain
    And miles and miles and miles and miles and miles
    Away from home again...
    juiceman46on August 05, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentOdds are, this song wasn't inspired by any event that happened in Robert's own life but more likely something he witnessed, heard about, or read about. As the posters who have mentioned before, Robert married his high school sweet heart and while some of the love songs he writes are indeed about her, most of them are not, and they're not even about events in his own life (A Letter to Elise for example).

    Don't read to much into it. Most great writers pull inspiration from many different sources, those that write solely about their own experiences tend to run out of material.

    As far as what this song 'means'. It's all pretty much summed up in one of the last lines, love in vein. Leading a relationship on that you know isn't going to last. While it looks beautiful and romantic to start off it all ends in heart ache. A pretty common theme in Robert's song writing, especially on the album this song comes off of.
    Liquidninjaon October 26, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is a GREAT but very sad song. To me, it is about a couple who have broken up, but always end up hooking up because there are still feelings between them. They are really getting hurt by doing this, and every time it happens, they wake up the next morning feeling really confused and foolish and hurt. This has been going on for some time, and he wishes he could stop, but it's like a drug; he can't resist her throwing herself at him.
    I am not a huge Cure fan, but my housemate in college got me hooked on this song.
    papillonon April 10, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti love the line that says "suddenly she slows and looks down at my breaking face, why do you cry what did i say?" "but its just rain" i smile, brushing my tears away...... amazing line. Seems like in the song the woman is holding onto the man but he doesnt really love her anymore and hes trying to break free but when he tries she always makes a scene and makes him feel bad about it and feel that he just cant let her go
    fleaaaaaaon July 13, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"and she listens like her head's on fire like she wants to believe in me."
    oh god. those lyrics couldn't have been better written for me. i could cry everytime i hear this song.
    irate hippi chicon June 20, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"and she listens like her head's on fire like she wants to believe in me."
    oh god. those lyrics couldn't have been better written for me. i could cry everytime i hear this song.
    irate hippi chicon June 20, 2003   Link

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