"Bare" as written by Robert James Smith, Simon Gallup, Roger O'donnell, Perry Bamonte and Jason Toop Cooper....
If you've got something left to say
You'd better say it now
Anything but "stay"
Just say it now
We know we've reached the end
We just don't know how
"well at least we'll still be friends"
Yeah one last useless vow

"there are different ways to live"
Yeah I know that stuff
"other ways to give"
Yeah all that stuff
But holding onto used to be
Is not enough
Memory's not life
And it's not love

We should let it all go
It never stays the same
So why does it hurt me like this
When you say that I've changed?
When you say that I've aged?
Say I'm afraid

And all the tears you cry
They're not tears for me
Regrets about your life
They're not regrets for me
It never turns out how you want
Why can't you see?
It all just slips away
It always slips away
Eventually

So if you've got nothing left to say
Just say goodbye
Turn your face away
And say goodbye
You know we've reached the end
You just don't know why
And you know we can't pretend
After all this time

So just let it all go
Nothing ever stays the same
So why does it hurt me like this
To say that I've changed?
To say that I've aged?
Say I'm afraid

But there are long long nights when I lay awake
And I think of what I've done
Of how I've thrown my sweetest dreams away
And what I've really become
And however hard I try
I will always feel regret
However hard I try
I will never forget

I will never forget


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"Bare" as written by Simon Gallup Robert James Smith

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  • +1
    General CommentIf this song wasnt on wild mood swings I think purchasing it would have been a waste of money. this song is absolutely awesome.
    Chris_Valentineon December 31, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti totally agree with hypemike
    reely reely depressin song
    1 of the 3most depressin cure-songs
    the other 2 r 'apart' & 'treasure' 4me

    i was wonderin..
    how stupid a woman/girl could b 2 leave Robert?? how??
    Cure.on November 12, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNever play this song for someone depressed...it's like handing them a straight razor.
    chududeon June 12, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commenta simple regretful goodbye
    whywhywhyon August 11, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about reaching the end of a relationship. He really doesn't want it to end but he knows it is ending...and he's being a man and acknowledging it...in fact maybe even ended it himself or acted in a way that caused the end. "BUT THERE ARE LONG LONG NIGHTS WHEN I LAY AWAKE
    AND I THINK OF WHAT I'VE DONE, OF HOW I'VE THROWN MY SWEETEST DREAMS AWAY
    AND WHAT I'VE REALLY BECOME"

    But it still makes him sad. He is sad because it is mostly her decision to end it...she's stopped caring about him perhaps in a selfish way "AND ALL THE TEARS YOU CRY
    THEY'RE NOT TEARS FOR ME
    REGRETS ABOUT YOUR LIFE
    THEY'RE NOT REGRETS FOR ME"

    its not the first relationship that's ended for him but perhaps one of the most hurtful. you can tell he knows the type of things that happen in these situations.
    mikevee33on September 14, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment'memory's not life and it's not love'

    amazin
    Cure.on November 12, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthowever hard i try
    i will NEVER forget

    fuck
    this song is like a million bullets headin towards me right now
    Cure.on June 21, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA very bitter break-up, after a long time together...
    juiceman46on August 05, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment
    BUT HOLDING ONTO USED TO BE
    IS NOT ENOUGH MEMORY'S NOT LIFE AND IT'S NOT LOVE
    I love Wild Mood Swings great album after Faith
    hiltondon November 30, 2009   Link
  • 0
    My OpinionThis is one of the truest songs which has ever been written, regarding a break-up. Depending upon how many years the relationship went on... the hopes which had been attached to the commitment... and the other people impacted... it only grows in depth of meaning. Love is often thought of as life's most beautiful "thing" - when it dies, it is the death of beauty we witness. Sadness and regret are appropriate responses.
    I know them... all too well.
    RobertPBurnson July 17, 2014   Link

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