"Adonais" as written by Robert James Smith, Simon Gallup, Roger O'donnell, Perry Bamonte and Jason Toop Cooper....
He breaks the spell still young
Awakes from out this dream of life
And leaves us sleeping
Storm racked blind consumed

By phantom pale displays of grief
He slips from out this shadow land of pain
Where heads grow sorrow grey
And age destroys all hope

And spirits crushed
Lament and hide away

But wordless watch the soft sky smile
And breathless hear the low wind sigh
"what death may join no more let life divide"

"dream yourself awake" he calls
"eternity awaits us all
Open your eyes and be with me
Be with me... "

He breaks the chains still young
Dispels the hateful shades of treacherous time
And leaves us sleeping
Tortured mute

Devoured by ghostly shapes of life
He slips from ties of dust
To be the world we dream he lives
A part of everything we feel

The young and beautiful
And brave of heart

But wordless watch the soft sky smile
And breathless hear the low wind sigh
"What death may join no more let life divide"

"Dream yourself awake" he calls
"Eternity awaits us all
Open your eyes and be with me
Be with me... "

"Dream yourself awake" he calls
"Eternity awaits us all
Open your eyes and be with me
Forever... "


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"Adonais" as written by Perry Bamonte Jason Toop Cooper

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    General CommentIt would have been better without caps anyway.
    Adonais is inspired by a Keats poem.
    MDMasteron June 21, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis song and "harold and joe" are a perfect testament to why the cure need to release all their b-sides together. adonais is phenomenal.
    typoon March 08, 2003   Link
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    General CommentAdonais was actually written by Percy Shelley as a eulogy to John Keats.
    lokithecaton May 08, 2004   Link
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    General CommentAdonais was actually written by Percy Shelley as a eulogy to John Keats.
    lokithecaton May 08, 2004   Link
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    General Commentyeah? so what if it was? who was Keats and what did he stand for? I wish you people would actually say something about the trivia you've heard...
    I look at the line, "What death may join no more let life divide" as sort of a call to action, as in, don't deny yourself any part of life.
    geradeauson December 12, 2004   Link
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    General CommentAdonais: n.
    A Hebrew name for God, usually translated in the Old Testament by the word "Lord"
    Also: Adonai
    marquiceriseon December 25, 2005   Link
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    General CommentAfter he says..dream yourself awake.. there are some deep drums that really get to me. Quite powerful.
    moonlight starson January 14, 2007   Link
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    General CommentRobert Smith may have been inspired by Shelley's poem 'Adonais,' but the song lyrics themselves are Smith's, and not taken from that poem.

    This song is a romanticism of death. Adonais' death in particular is considered here to be an awakening from the dream of life, where the dead soul is freed from the constraints of earthly living. The spirit of the departed appears to be calling to the loved one left behind (starting with the wind's words in the chorus), seducing that person with the promise of being together forever.

    Incidentally, the Cure altered lyrics to one of their own songs in concert once immediately following Ian Curtis' (singer for Joy Division who hung himself) death, and they also did a cover of J.D.'s "Love Will Tear Us Apart" several years later. It isn't unlikely that Smith had Curtis in mind when writing this.
    jaysthenameon January 21, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song is definately about the romanticisim of death... the romanticisim of suicide, i think.

    it is so beautiful. so devine. i am so glad they made Join The Dots... these b-sides deserve the chance to shine and form tears in their listeners eyes.
    Imaginaryboyon September 22, 2007   Link

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